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Here’s some news coverage we’ve found so far on the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation. If you’ve got links, add them in the comments section!

National

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/10/23/headlines/national_day_of_action_held_against_police_brutality

http://www.politeonsociety.com/2012/10/22/october-22nd-national-day-of-protest-against-police-brutality/

NYC

http://theuptowner.org/2012/10/23/uptowners-rally-downtown-against-stop-and-frisk/

http://www.thenation.com/video/170759/stop-killing-our-youth-protest-against-police-brutality

http://www.villagevoice.com/slideshow/activists-march-against-nypd-brutality-38031210/ (photo slideshow)

http://javiersoriano.com/blog/2012/10/23/dia-nacional-de-protesta-contra-la-brutalidad-policiaca-en-usa-fotosvideos/ (photo essay en español)

http://evgrieve.com/2012/10/the-17th-national-day-of-protest-to.html

Oxnard CA

http://www.keyt.com/news/local/ventura-county/National-Day-of-Action–175331511.html

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/ventura_county&id=8856633

LA

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/10/streets-closed-downtown-police-protest.html

http://vivirlatino.com/2012/10/23/photos-october-22-downtown-los-angeles-day-against-police-brutality.php

LA (Cal State Northridge)

http://sundial.csun.edu/2012/10/students-hand-out-info-on-national-day-of-protest/

Detroit

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2012/10/22/stop-the-violence-stop-police-brutality-criminalization-of-youth/

Seattle

http://youtu.be/CkcFYBXwAYA

http://www.seattleactivism.org/events/event7434.htm

Olympia, WA

http://janineslittlehollywood.blogspot.com/2012/10/national-day-of-protest-against-police.html

Montreal, Quebec CANADA
http://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/3376

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NDP 2012 in Greensboro, NC

Protests took place all over the country (and beyond!) yesterday against police brutality, mass incarceration, political repression, and all other aspects of police state America. We need your info and thoughts on this year’s protests, especially your video, photos, artwork, audio, and anything else relating to yesterday’s events. News coverage too. If there was something that inspired you–an image, a chant, a speech, a performance–share it! This is how we inspire each other, and build this movement.

We also need reports from all of the different areas that participated in NDP this year–this really helps us to understand what the situation with police brutality, mass incarceration, and political repression is like all around the country, and how people are fighting back.

Send reports and links to photos, video, etc. to oct22national@gmail.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you, being inspired by what we’re all doing, and sharing it all back with everyone!

New York, NY

Posted: January 9, 2012 by o22national in Area reports 2011
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Although the route for the march was still uncertain at the start of the rally in New York City to mark the 16th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, the protest maintained its fiery energy from its start at Union Square to the last cheers at the Jacob Riis housing projects in the Lower East Side. On the heels of the state-sanctioned lynching of Troy Davis and attacks on protesters standing with Occupy Wall Street all around the country, about 700 participants in NYC were fueled by righteous outrage on October 22nd.

A contingent from Occupy Wall Street marched up to Union Square from Zuccotti Park in solidarity with this year’s National Day of Protest. The 2011 protest opened with a Teach-in at Union Square, where Mahina Movement performed rousing songs, organizers from the People’s Justice Coalition conducted a Know Your Rights workshop, and an organizer from Safe OUTside the System presented on their work. In addition to PJ and SOS, also tabling at the Teach-in were Alliance of Conscious Documentarians, Anarchist Black Cross, and Revolution Books, along with October 22 Coalition. During the Teach-in, participants contributed words and images to a mural set for all expressions of the day, while Cern One created artworks inspired by the atmosphere of the protest.

Protesters were enraged by the fact that at least 199 have been killed by NYPD since Amadou Diallo back in 1999. At this protest, the son of John Collado, who was shot by a plainclothes cop in Inwood the month before, spoke of his family’s pain and their anger, with his mother and sister by his side. Standing with them and also speaking were families of Stolen Lives who have been active in the struggle: Allene Person (mother of Timur Person, killed by NYPD in 2006), Danette Chavis (mother of Gregory Chavis, killed by NYPD in 2004), Jean Griffin (sister of David Glowczenski, killed by Southhampton Village police in 2004), Joanne Mickens (mother of Corey Mickens, killed by NYPD in 2007), Juanita Young (mother of Malcolm Ferguson, killed by NYPD in 2000), and Margarita Rosario (mother of Anthony Rosario and aunt of Hilton Vega, killed by NYPD in 1995). Also participating in the protest were Carmen and Michael Ojeda, the parents of 11-year old Briana Ojeda, who died after being denied medical assistance last year, and Patricia Gonzalez and Jennifer Gonzalez, the mother and partner, respectively, of Kenny Lazo killed by Suffolk County police in 2008. Below video with clips of families speaking courtesy of Copblock.

Also speaking at the protest was an array of individuals and representatives of organizations working to fight police brutality, repression, and criminalization: Carl Dix, co-founder of October 22 Coalition and National Spokesperson for the Revolutionary Communist Party-USA; Christina Gonzalez, a victim of police brutality who has been active with Occupy Wall Street; Pastor Omar Wilks of Unison Pentecostal Church; Alicia McWilliams for the Newburgh 4; Debra Sweet from World Can’t Wait; and representatives from Picture the Homeless, ANSWER Coalition, Freedom Road Socialist Organization/OSCL, and Occupy the Hood, along with individual organizers such as Iz and Angel, who had done extensive outreach in the LES.

Following the end of the rally at Union Square, where O22 organizers Aidge and Angel Seda prepped protesters with chants, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra kicked off the march, which wound through the Lower East Side to Jacob Riis Houses, where the rally continued. Also providing beats throughout the protest were Kongo, Joyce Jones, and other drummers. Additional artists that performed at Union Square and the LES included: Majesty, Marcel Cartier, Peace Poets, Back to the Roots (Evan Greer and spiritchild).

A moment of silence and a moment of rage were shared in remembrance of Kathryn Lee, the national coordinator of October 22 Coalition who was brutally murdered over the summer.

To close the protest, the Stolen Lives Pledge was led by Yasmine Lancaster, the cousin of Nicholas Heyward, Sr., whose son was killed by a Brooklyn Housing cop in 1994. Having recently moved down to Atlanta, GA, Nicholas took part in NDP-ATL.

The protest also held the official release of the Voices Against Police Brutality Mixtape, which consists of music and poetry by independent artists across the U.S. intertwined with first-hand accounts from families of those killed by law enforcement.

Click on the photo below to view photos from the day.

Links to news coverage:
NYC Indymedia
The Local East Village
CBS News
New York One

Additional videos:
The Local East Village
WPIX 11

Dozens of people have now been arrested during a series of civil disobedience actions in protest of the NYPD’s racist, illegal and unconstitutional “Stop and Frisk” policy in several neighborhoods throughout New York City. Responding to a widely circulated Call from Carl Dix of the Revolution Communist Party, and co-founder of the October 22nd Coalition, and Cornel West, the Princeton professor and author, beginning in October 21st, demonstrators from the Stop Mass Incarceration Network targeted police precincts that are notorious for stopping and frisking high numbers of neighborhood residents. At precincts in Harlem in Manhattan, Brownsville in Brooklyn, and Jamaica, Queens, peaceful demonstrators from the Stop Mass Incarceration Network were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and additional misdemeanors and, in some cases, held for up to 48 hours.

On October 21st, the initiating day of the Stop Stop & Frisk campaign, 36 activists engaged in non-violent civil disobedience at the 28th Police Precinct in Harlem. Arrestees from this action included Cornel West, Princeton professor and activist; Revolutionary Communist Carl Dix; Jim Vrettos, professor at the John Jay College for Criminal Justice; Debra Sweet, Director of World Can’t Wait; Rev. Stephen Phelps of Riverside Church; Rev. Earl Kooperkamp of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church; Randy Credico, social comedian and former director of the William Kuntsler Memorial Fund for Racial Justice; and Nellie Bailey of the Harlem Tenants Council. This action hit the traditional and social media platforms in a big way and captured the imagination of many. We are now seeing on scene the young people of the “New Freedom Fighters/Riders” taking on the New Jim Crow, as many are referring to racially-targeted mass incarceration.

The movement to end Stop and Frisk also has support from Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Harlem, and Occupy The Hood. On Thursday, December 1st, students at Columbia University presented NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly with the “Bull Connor Award” for protecting white privilege when he attended an event on campus. On Friday, December 2nd, approximately 100 students from Columbia, Pace University and other schools participated in a Day of Student Action against Stop and Frisk, including a rally and march that culminated in a street theater protest event outside Manhattan Central Booking.

For more information, contact: stopmassincarceration@ymail.com

Atlanta, GA

Posted: November 13, 2011 by o22ndp in Area reports 2011

On Saturday night, October 15, MARTA transit police shot and killed 19-year-old Joetavius Stafford at the Vine City MARTA Station. Joetavius’ brother, who witnessed the shooting, said that the cop shot Joetavius in the back while he was running away with his arms up, and shot him again twice while he was laying on the ground shaking. The Fulton County Coroner’s autopsy report found two bullets wounds in Joetavius’ back, and one in his chest. This outrageous police murder charged the atmosphere in the city in the week leading up to October 22, and underscored the importance of building resistance to stop police brutality and murder. Family and friends held an emotional and angry vigil at the scene of the shooting on Monday night. Later that night, there was a defiant march through the downtown streets by Occupy Atlanta and others. On Tuesday, the October 22nd Coalition convened a press conference to decry this latest police murder and announce plans for the National Day of Protest. A section of the masses of people in the downtown area and MARTA riders listened to the speakers in the pouring rain, and all four television stations covered it on the evening news. Speakers included the October 22nd Coalition, FTP Movement, Revolution Books, Copwatch and International Socialist Organization. A message was read from former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and several people stepped up and spoke out on the spot.

October 22: “Hey, MARTA, you can’t hide, we charge you with homicide!” “Shot in the back, no excuse for that!” “No justice, no peace! Fuck the police!” These chants rang out as a little over 100 people, including Joetavius’ mother, father and several cousins, gathered at the main Five Points MARTA Station downtown for the October 22nd march and speak-out. The march took off and immediately headed one block up to Troy Davis Park (the site of Occupy Atlanta and renamed by Occupy Atlanta). Going through the park, the march grew to 175 as people from Occupy Atlanta and homeless people joined in.  The march looped back around and passed by the MARTA station again where many enthusiastic Black youth joined the demonstration on the spot.  At this point the demonstrators had taken over the street, and there was outrage and defiance and a feeling of freedom that unleashed excitement among people who are under the gun and harassed by the police every day, taking to the streets and being able to shout out what they really felt about the police.

Some people brought hand-made signs, many held up pictures of Joetavius that were distributed by the march organizers, others carried enlargements of the centerfold poster from Revolution with the pictures of people killed by police from around the country. Dozens of copies of Revolution were sold.

The plan was to march to the Atlanta City Detention Center for a speak-out. But along the way, the marchers diverted from the route for a brief stop in front of the Fulton County Courthouse, to demand that the Fulton County DA charge the MARTA cop who killed Joetavius with murder. When this was announced over the bullhorn the crowd erupted in cheers and as the marchers left the courthouse steps, a banner that had been signed by many people downtown earlier in the day was seen taped across the main entrance doors of the building that read “Justice for Joe! Jail the Killer Cop!”

At the jail, a people’s speak-out was held, with many people coming to the mic to speak about their experiences with police brutality. Several had loved ones who were killed by police. Nicholas Heyward from the October 22nd Coalition and Parents Against Police Brutality in New York spoke movingly about his son who was killed by the NYPD 17 years ago, and the need to build ongoing resistance, not just on this day. A cousin of Joetavius said she was speaking out so that Joe did not die in vain, and so that other families would not have to go through the same loss in the future. Other people spoke about the unjust execution of Troy Davis, the history of the oppression of Black people in this country, the attacks coming down on immigrants, the heroic hunger strike by California prisoners, the civil disobedience in Harlem to stop “stop and frisk,” the need for people to join the movement for revolution, and more. Revolution was in the air—every time the word was mentioned there were cheers among the crowd, even though people have many different views of what that means.

During the speak-out, an announcement was made from Occupy Atlanta that the mayor was threatening to evict the occupiers from the park that night and a large police presence was building on the edge of the park. When the speak-out ended, the crowd took to the streets again for a march back to Troy Davis Park to support Occupy Atlanta. When the march reached the park, people formed up on the side of the park where the police were gathered, stretching out between the police and the park. Another riled and emotional speak-out was held, with some people addressing their anger directly at the police through the bullhorns.  Later that evening, the mayor announced that he was not going to move on the occupation and reverted back to his previous deadline of November 7.

A rare and powerful mix was brought together in the streets of Atlanta on October 22. Various streams of resistance came together in the streets, and revolution was in the air. People could sense that this mix and this atmosphere have great potential to change everything.

At one point during the march, someone who was straggling a bit behind and trying to find where the marchers were, was told by a bystander on the street, “Hurry up, you need to catch up with the revolution.”

Houston, TX

Posted: November 13, 2011 by o22ndp in Area reports 2011


About 75 people gathered at Market Square. The rally was bolstered by a group of people who marched from the Occupy Houston encampment (whose general assembly had endorsed NDP) in another downtown park to join the protest. After the rally people marched throughout downtown Houston, including to the several prisons on the north end of downtown.

Speakers included Ray Hill, long-time prison rights advocate and founder of the Prison Show on KPFT; Krystal Muhammad of the New Black Panther Party; Dean Becker, a leading opponent of the drug laws used to jail so many youth; Maria, representing Occupy Houston; and Dave Atwood of the Houston Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. The October 22 statement from the RCP was read to the attentive gathering just before the protesters started marching.

A group of drummers energized the spirited march through a busier than usual downtown Houston. A highlight of the march was at a county jail. As the march approached the jail, people had to cross over Buffalo Bayou, where in 1977 Jose Campos Torres was handcuffed by HPD officers and thrown into the bayou to drown. The MC told the rally of that crime and of the heroic resistance of the Chicano masses in response.

A section of the march went straight up to the door of the jail with their signs, and one man who had done a lot of organizing for 022 in one of the city’s large ghettos took a banner reading “This system has no future for the youth, but the revolution does” and hung it across the jail’s main entrance.

The MC played an audio testimony from an older Black woman in one of the city’s housing projects earlier that day. She spoke of the everyday harassment of the youth…and older residents… by the police, and said that she is tired of all this. She powerfully exposed what daily life of people in the projects is, and the weight of it on people…”just because we’re low income, doesn’t mean we’re criminal.” She also related her own defiance of the police.

Then a Chicana just started speaking up from the outskirts of the rally. When she was invited up to the mic, she related how her sons are spending extended time in jail because the judge didn’t like her defiant attitude. He straight up said she was butting into something that was none of her business [!], and retaliated with a more severe sentence for one of her sons. This woman’s story unleashed a number of the youth and others in the march to get up and expose their outrageous treatment at the hands of the police.

Person after person spoke of being arrested, jailed, framed on minor or phony marijuana charges. One white woman from Occupy Houston was framed on a marijuana charge. She was a student, had never been in trouble with the law, and had no record, but had a million dollar bond set on her. She went on to say that she was lucky because she was able to afford one of the best lawyers in town, but that if she had been Black or Brown and didn’t have money for a good lawyer, she’d still be in jail.

Several people who didn’t come up to the mic nevertheless were eager to tell people flyering or selling REVOLUTION their stories.

Taking the march right to the “jailhouse doors” of the main County prison had a powerful impact on people; it really energized the marchers, unleashed a torrent of stories, and established some bonds with people going in and out of the jail visiting prisoners. Through this and the entire weekend’s activities, a strong basis was established for continuing and developing the fight to end police brutality and repression, and the mass jailing of the youth.

Boston, MA

Posted: November 13, 2011 by o22ndp in Area reports 2011

From a Revolution Books staff member:

On October 22nd over 250 people rallied outside the Boston Police Headquarters as part of the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality and the Criminalization of a Generation.

The rally was marked by the broad participation of activists and supporters of Occupy Boston, including students from Harvard, Tufts and Boston University as well as residents of the predominantly Black and Latino and Cape Verdean neighborhoods of Roxbury and Dorchester in Boston. Many OB activists had only heard of the National Day of Protest the week before when it had been brought to the OB General Assembly by staff members from Revolution Books and were excited at being part of this nation-wide initiative. A number had participated in a rally of over 500 people the night before called for in the heart of Roxbury to demonstrate Occupy Boston’s commitment to the concerns of the Black and Latino communities.

A statement from the Occupy Boston web-site read in part: “This Saturday, in recognition of the 16th annual National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, we will mark a historic development in our movement: activists from Occupy Boston will be joining activists from Occupy the Hood in a joint demonstration of strength and solidarity against police brutality. Not only will we be rallying against the police repression of our movement, both in Boston and nationally; more importantly, we’ll be rallying against the police violence experienced by poor folk and communities of color every day in this country.”

The rally buzzed as word of the arrest of Cornel West, Carl Dix and 30 other people protesting the New York Police Department Policy of “Stop and Frisk” in Harlem the previous night spread. Many people had never heard of “Stop and Frisk” and simply could not get their heads around having 700,000 such incidents happening in the course of a year. Some were asking “how can this be happening in this country?” Others were saying “this is exactly what happens when people protest the injustices in the system.” People taking up the Statement from the Revolutionary Communist Party on the Occasion of October 22, 2011 and its call to be “WORKING FOR REVOLUTION” engaged in heartfelt discussions over what was the source of these crimes and what it would take to end them. Two young men who had traveled up from Occupy Wall Street in New York the night before spoke about how similar conversations were taking place at Zuccotti Park every night.

Speakers drew on deep personal experience with loved ones and friends whose lives had been lost at the hands of the police or whose street deaths were written off by the powers that be as “gang related” or, in other words, “not worth wasting our time on.” One man recounted the only time the City of Boston agreed to an out-of-court wrongful death settlement to the family of a man killed by the police to prevent the case from going to trial: “You want to know how much the life of a young Black man goes for on today’s market? $70,000—that’s how much! For a life ended and a lifetime of loss for family and friends. And even this was the only time this has ever happened. In every other case the City has ruled ‘Justifiable Homicide!'”

Other speakers spoke to how important this day was in breaking down the barriers that divide the people. An older Black woman spoke passionately about how much it meant for her to see the diversity of the crowd spoke to the mainly young white activists from the Occupy movement: “We are the 99%…You are the 99%…They say that once it gets cold and nasty and winter comes you will give up and go away. DON’T! DON’T GO AWAY! Stay. We are not going away, we are going to continue to fight, and we don’t want you to go away.” This was followed by a roar from the crowd “We are not going away! We are here to Stay!”

The rally ended with a march to nearby Roxbury Community College.