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ICYMI: ‘Stop the Cops to Fund Black Futures’

Posted by Admin On October - 26 - 2015

Over 60 Black and allied organizers arrested for shutdown of IACP Conference

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CHICAGO 10/25 – On Saturday, October 24th, members of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100),  We Charge Genocide, Assata’s Daughters, and Organized Communities Against Deportations, shut down the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference for over four hours. BYP100 and fellow organizers were chained together while they shut down four intersections surrounding the IACP’s conference location at McCormick Place. After 4 hours of protests, over 66 (47 women & 19 men) organizers were arrested. BYP100, allied-organizations and community supporters protested the IACP conference to demonstrate an urgency to divest from police departments and organizations and reallocate funds to programs and policies that keep Black communities safe.

Together, we’re organized to demand that our lives, our communities and our futures be made a priority. The police chiefs who belong to the IACP, and their local departments have a debt to pay for the lives and the resources they’ve stolen and we’re here to collect,” says BYP100 National Director, Charlene Carruthers. The list of demands BYP100 has called for include: a divestment of local, state, and federal funding from police departments; a reallocation of funding towards social services, job creation, and quality education; and reparations for chattel slavery.

 

In the City of Chicago, 40% of the city’s budget goes towards police departments, which is estimated to be over $4 million a day. Recently Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he wants to hire 300 more police officers and spend $200 million more on the police department. “Over the past few years, major cuts have been made to social services, education, and job creation in Chicago and abroad, which directly impacts the current and future prospects of Black people,” says BYP100 organizer Camesha Jones. “We need to fund Black futures, not more cops.”

 

BYP100 and fellow organizers received local and national support for their demonstration. The hashtag for the day, #StopTheCops, was used in over 25,000 tweets and the tag trended nationally and in cities across the US for hours. See the BYP100 Twitter Page for a recap of the action and updates including photos and video.

Image Credit: The Black Youth Project 100 (Twitter)

 

In the News:

Protesters Demand Changes in Policing During Police Chiefs Conference in Chicago

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-protest-mccormick-police-police-chiefs-conference-336680101.html


Hundreds Protest Meeting Of Police Chiefs At McCormick Place

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/10/24/hundreds-protest-meeting-of-police-chiefs-at-mccormick-place/

 

Mass Arrests in Chicago Outside Meeting of US Police Chiefs
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mass-Arrests-in-Chicago-Outside-Meeting-of-US-Police-Chiefs-20151024-0022.html

 

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