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 Using 9/11 as a justification, the authorities have breathed new life into the discredited

 practice of racial profiling and expanded it to target Arab Muslin and

South Asian immigrants, in addition to Blacks, Latinos and other oppressed peoples

 

 

The 8th Annual National Day of Protest
To Stop Police Brutality, Repression

& the Criminalization of a Generation

 By Carl Dix

 

 

Why You Must Join Us on October 22, 2003

Police brutality has long been nationwide epidemic.  This past year has been marked by an upsurge in police brutality and murder by law enforcement agents across the country. 

In NY, police knocked down Alberta Spruil's door before dawn with a battering ram, threw a concussion grenade into her Harlem apartment and handcuffed the 57 year old grandmother, all because they claim one of their snitches said her home was a drug spot.  She died that morning of a heart attack! 

In Benton Harbor, Michigan, cops chase Terrance Shurn, a Black motorcycle rider and ram his bike from behind, sending him crashing thru a wall and killing him.  Later that night, police attack people holding a memorial for him!  And I could go on and on citing cases of brutality and murder by those who are sworn to protect and serve.

Using 9/11 as a justification, the authorities have breathed new life into the discredited practice of racial profiling and expanded it to target Arab Muslin and South Asian immigrants, in addition to Blacks, Latinos and other oppressed peoples.

Arab, Muslim and South Asian immigrants have also been hit with interrogations, round ups and deportations.

The authorities have attacked anti war actions.  Protesters on the Oakland docks were shot with rubber bullets.  An anti war demonstration in Chicago was surrounded by police who indiscriminately beat and arrested people.  In NY, 100,000's of protesters were denied the right to assemble by police barricades and walls of cops.

Repressive laws like the USA PATRIOT Act are raising the specter of an emerging police state in this country.

This escalating official brutality must be met with heightened resistance.  People are already stepping up and fighting back.  The police killing of Terrance Shurn in Benton Harbor was responded to with several days of rebellion.  People responded with anger to killer cops in Chicago's Cabrini Green housing projects and Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood.  MUCH MORE RESISTANCE IS NECESSARY. 

As Frederick Douglas put it more than a century ago, "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will. ... The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."

October 22nd has become a day when everybody who hates police brutality, no matter what their race or background, comes together to fight for justice.  It is a day when the families of those who have been killed by the cops have a platform to tell of how this official murder has devastated their lives.  It is a day when those who suffer this brutality day in and day out are joined by those who don't directly experience it, but can be won to step out and oppose it when they learn of it.

If you also hate this kind of injustice and want to see it stopped, join us on that day.  Join in whatever activity is planned in your area, and if nothing has been planned there yet, then you should take the lead and plan something.

Stop Police Brutality, Repression

& the Criminalization of a Generation

On October 22 -- Wear Black, Fight Back!

For further info or to find out what's being planned in your area, go to the Oct 22nd coalition web site (www.October22.org) or call 888-no brutality.  You can also download materials (poster, call for Oct 22, 2003, stories of murder and brutality committed by law enforcement, etc.) from the web site.

The October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality has produced a book called Stolen Lives:  Killed By Law Enforcement.  This book documents more than 2000 killings by cops in the US in the 1990's.  The Coalition is preparing a new volume of this book.  To get a copy of Stolen Lives, or to help with the preparation of the new volume, or to get more info, contact Oct 22nd at 888- NO BRUTALITY Or go to their web site at www.October22.org.

The argument about how many rotten apples there are in law enforcement is absurd in the face of these stolen lives.J ill Nelson, USA Today

 

Carl Dix is a long time revolutionary activist.  He is a co-founder of the Oct 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Genration and currently serves on its National Coordinating Committee.  He is also the national spokesperson for the Revolutionary Communist Party.

Office of Carl Dix, National Spokesperson / Revolutionary Communist Party, USA / P.O. Box 380548, Brooklyn, NY 11238 / (866) 841-9139 x2670

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The new edition of Stolen Lives: Killed by Law Enforcement gives life, face and context to more than 2,000 people killed by police officers since 1990. The powerful and chilling book... is a stark... documentation of circumstances surrounding the deaths of individuals killed by police officers. Reading this book resurrects these lives briefly and makes painfully clear the price paid first by those killed, but ultimately by all Americans, when we allow those hired to serve and protect to abuse their power and our trust. The victims of Stolen Lives cross race, gender, religion, geography and circumstance. Unknown to one another and to most of us in life, in death they speak with one voice. Their message is a simply one: No more lives should be lost as a result of police misconduct and brutality. . . .

As recently as 199l, 5% of the American people (approximately l2.5 million people) and 9% of all people of color in this country reported in a Gallup poll that they had been mistreated by the police. Under the Police Accountability Act provisions of the 1994 Crime Control Act, the Justice Department is required to compile and publish regularly detailed national data on police use of force. Such data is not, however, available in any satisfactory form.

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. "Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality."—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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Debt: The First 5,000 Years

By David Graeber

Before there was money, there was debt. Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems—to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods—that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.  Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like “guilt,” “sin,” and “redemption”) derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it. Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history—as well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy.   Economist Glenn Loury  /Criminalizing a Race

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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