Rise Up October revealed a tremendous story of a movement being born including a Revolution Books in Harlem contingent. The movement is against police terror that recognizes there will be no progress without struggle, without resistance and protest.
The Rise Up October (RiseUpOctober.org) turned into three days of mass protest and resistance to Stop Police Terror:
Wednesday, October 22, 2015
Almost 40 families of victims of police murder from NY and across the country joined with prominent voices of conscience in Times Square to say the names of loved ones lost to police violence and demand justice.
Thursday, October 23, 2015
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16 people were arrested, including Carl Dix, for non-violent direct action with the demand: Shut Down Riker’s! They shut down all traffic coming into and out of Riker’s Island, the torture chamber they were calling Guantanamo on the Hudson, for over an hour.
Friday, October 24, 2015
Thousands marched through the streets. Almost 100 families of victims of police murder marched alongside clergy, students, immigrants and more. Prominent voices in attendance included co-initiators Cornel West and Carl Dix, Quentin Tarantino, Eve Ensler, Michael Rappaport and more. Thousands marched through the heart of NYC demanding Stop Police Terror!
These three days were filled with deep substance: the stories from the families of those killed by police murder of their loved ones and how they were murdered and then criminalized by the media after, from voices of conscience standing up themselves, from clergy, students and revolutionaries all joining in together to say Police Terror Must Stop and drawing a line for all of society.
Here’s a video from the march:
Which Side Are You On?
Note: Revolution Books will have its grand opening on November 15th, 2015.
Photo credit (l to r): 1) Kimberly Griffin, left, holds hands with film director Quentin Tarantino after she recalled memories of her son Kimoni Davis, during a public reading of the names of people who have died at the hands of police nationwide, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at Times Square, in New York. The protest marked the start of three days of protests and marches speaking out against violence at the hands of law enforcement. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)