March for Alton, Philando, and All Black Lives: Abolition Now

CHICAGO, IL – Today, Friday, July 15, 2016 at 5:30pm, members of Assata’s Daughters will hold a march beginning at 51st and King Drive to honor those who have been killed by state violence.

Last week, news spread across the world that at least 2 more Black people had been killed by the police Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Their murders bring the total number of people killed by police thus far in 2016 to 559.

“The police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are part of a larger structure of antiblack state violence that all Black people, trans and cis, straight and queer, experience on a daily basis. This violence against our communities is not limited to police killings. The state depletes our communities of material resources and wreaks havoc on us through unfettered antiblack racism, homophobia, and genderbased violence,” said Fullamusu Bangura, a member of Assata’s Daughters.

Bangura continued, “It is imperative that we hold the state accountable for ALL the violence it inflicts against us. Reclaiming resources for our communities is not a crime. Police accountability is not a hate crime. Black organizers in Chicago will not stand for continued state terror against our communities.”

If approved by the Chicago City Council, the Blue Lives Matter ordinance will add police officers and other first responders to the list of those protected by hate crime laws.

We are marching to show our support to the loved ones of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Rekia Boyd, and all black lives affected by state violence.

We will continue the work necessary to achieve abolition now, and we encourage you to join us in this fight.

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