In response to an appeal and a public outcry, the State of Illinois has now granted a permit for the special event, “Stolen Lives Families Demand Justice” to be held on March 2, 2016 at the Thompson Center on the concourse level from noon to 1pm sponsored by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network (SMIN). This is a very important victory and all those who want to see an end to police murder should be there on Wednesday.
Last week, the State of Illinois denied this permit. Many people – ministers, students, activists and the families of those whose loved ones were murdered by police were outraged that this event would be denied a public space indoors to conduct their program. SMIN wants to thank all those who called and wrote the state to reverse their decision as well as the attorneys who offered counsel in crafting the appeal of the denial.
March 2 is a Day of Resistance to Stop Police Murder: Which Side Are You On? Indict all the Murdering Cops and All Those Who Are Part of the Cover-ups, Send Them All to Jail!
There are two major actions on March 2:
12 noon to 1pm: “Stolen Lives” Families Demand Justice. This event calls on people to join with the families whose loved ones were killed by the police to dramatically bring to life the humanity of those lives through song, testimony, poetry and visual images. This event will be held downstairs, on the concourse level (near the food court) inside the State of Illinois building (Thompson Center) at Clark & Randolph in downtown Chicago.
3 pm to 6pm. No Business as Usual. Meet up at State and Jackson, downtown Chicago. People will gather for an action “no business as usual as long as the business of usual is cops killing people with impunity.” At this event, organizers plan to disrupt the evening rush hour.
March 2 will mark 500 days since the police murder of Laquan McDonald. In the three months since the video of the execution of Laquan was forced into the light of day, there has been video after video of street executions by police, the tasing of prisoners to death in jail, the story of the police double murder on the morning after Christmas, cover-ups reaching to the very top, and threats and slanders against families who have bravely spoken out amid tears and rage. Then the cop who killed Quintonio Legrier counterattacked by suing his family because supposedly he, the cop, suffered emotional trauma after gunning down the 21-year-old college student!
The reign of unpunished police terror and murder continues, and the question before everyone is what is gonna be done? Which side are you on?
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