“Black & Brown Lives Matter, at Home & Abroad,” Demands International Human Rights Day Protest

Anger at disregard for black and brown lives by U.S. law enforcement will merge with anger over U.S. military disregard for the lives of people abroad in a protest set for today, December 10th– International Human Rights Day – to begin at Michigan Avenue & Congress Parkway in Chicago at  5:30 P.M.

The protest will begin with a short rally featuring relatives of Chicago area police shootings and activists against U.S. wars abroad, followed by a march in the downtown area.

Emmett Farmer, whose son, Flint, was shot and killed by a Chicago Police officer in 2011 while he was lying on his stomach, will be among the featured speakers, as will Joyce Brown, mother of Charles Brown IV, a 20-year-old who was shot and killed by south suburban Harvey, IL police on April 13th.

Other speakers focusing on Chicago law enforcement violence will include Toussaint Losier, organizer with the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign and activist for a South Side trauma center, and Frank Chapman, Field Organizer for the Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression.

The illegal police violence against Eric Garner, Michael Brown and countless others is the domestic version of systemic U.S. violence against other peoples of the world, activists contend.

“The same country that makes it so dangerous for black people to exercise their constitutional rights at home, carries out deprivations of rights abroad on an industrial scale,” said local anti-war activist Andy Thayer, another speaker at the event. “For every ‘successful’ targeting of an alleged terrorist by U.S. drone bombings, for example, an additional 28 innocent people die, according to a recent study.”

Other speakers discussing United States violence abroad will include Steve Nelson, a member of Veterans For Peace and a veteran of the U.S. war against the people of Viet Nam, Mike Lynn, a member of Chicago Area Peace Action and a longtime proponent of peace between the U.S. and Iran, and a representative of the Chicago chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

International Human Rights Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950, shortly after the carnage of World War II.

Wednesday’s protest is supported by large coalition of groups by the standards of recent downtown protests, including the American Friends Service Committee; ANSWER Chicago; Anti-War Committee; Buddhist Peace Fellowship; Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression; Chicago Area CodePink; Chicago Area Peace Action; Democracy in the USA; Gay Liberation Network; Illinois Green Party; Iraq Veterans Against the War; Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago; Logan Square Neighbors for Justice and Peace; Neighbors for Peace; Northwest Suburban Peace & Education Project; NW Indiana Veterans For Peace; South Siders for Peace; Veterans For Peace, Chicago Chapter; Vietnam Veterans Against the War; and World Can’t Wait-Chicago.

For more information:

Andy Thayer, U.S. Out of the Middle East Coalition, 773.209.1187, LGBTliberation@aol.com
Aaron Dellutri, U.S. Out of the Middle East Coalition, 773.655.5301, adellutri@hotmail.com