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From: Stop Mass Incarceration Network – Chicago

#ShutDownA14 Tuesday 3:00 pm Daley Plaza

The answer to police murder of Eric Harris, Walter Scott, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and thousands more unarmed Black and Latino people…will be delivered in the streets!
Tuesday April 14: National Actions 28 locations nationwide.

On April 14 2015: The people will retake the offensive in the FIRST NATIONAL PROTESTS since fall 2014, from NYC to LA; from Pasco, Washington to Ferguson, Missouri — sites of murders of unarmed black and Latino men — people will take to the streets to demand: Murder By Police Stop Now! The Call for #ShutDownA14 was initiated by Carl Dix and Cornel West and organized by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network.

Marchers will converge at Daley Plaza (Washington & Dearborn, downtown Chicago), April 14 at 3 p.m.

STOP Murder By Police

No School! No Work! Stop Business as Usual!

Walter Scott was gunned down in South Carolina. The killing was caught on video, and like Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and now Eric Harris in Tulsa, OK, there was no attempt to revive; instead police showed contemptuous disregard for their humanity.  More than 90 unarmed people have been shot by police since the start of 2015. We are clear: without the mass detemined resistance that began last summer in Ferguson, this epidemic of police killings would not now be in the national/international spotlight.

Carl Dix: “On April 14, we’re going to revive the spirit of Ferguson, that spirit of refusing to suffer the brutality of the system in silence. And we’re going to TAKE IT HIGHER. We have to get back out into the streets to declare that we’re not backing down, we’re not going away.”

Cornel West: “They’ve been shooting young folk for so long—older folk too– but when it reaches that point of such unadulterated disrespect if you don’t straighten your back up and go somewhere, something is wrong…That’s why we’re gonna march on April 14th.”

On April 14, they will be joined by the families of 30 unarmed people killed by police in cities around the country, together with powerful voices of conscience including: Eve Ensler, Alice Walker, Peter Coyote, Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, Arturo O’Farrill, Jasmine Guy, Jasiri X, Cindy Sheehan, Tom Morello, and others…

The families tell not just the horror of what happened to their loved ones, but the harrowing story of justice denied. Nicholas Heyward, Sr., whose 14 year old son was killed by the NYPD, has been fighting for justice for 20 years: “We need to be out on April 14th. We gotta let people know we are not tolerating this anymore. This injustice needs to stop and it’s going to depend on us in order to stop it.”

Stop Mass Incarceration Network – Chicago

stopmassincarcerationchicago@gmail.com • (312) 933-9586





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