â€˜We are in a state of emergencyâ€™: Black Youth Project 100 Condemns Police Violence Against Movement for Black Lives Attendees
CHICAGO, IL â€“ In response to yesterdayâ€™s unprompted violence against activists attending the Movement for Black Lives convening in Cleveland, OH, Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) National Director Charlene Carruthers issued the following statement:
â€œThe Movement for Black Lives Convening ended with a demonstration of what collective action can achieve in the face of police violence against a 14 year old boy and activists. Our commitment to abolishing the police state was strengthened and we remain steadfast in building a movement for all Black lives.â€
Black Youth Project 100 is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. Formed in 2013, BYP100 engages in building a network of transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens.
Dozens of BYP100 members from across the nation participated in the inaugural Movement for Black Lives convening in Cleveland, OH from July 24-26, 2015. On Sunday, July 26, a 14-year old Black boy was arrested by Cleveland Police at the conclusion of the conference, prompting several attendees – many whom are members of BYP100 – to ask the police why they were detaining the young boy. According to several eyewitness accounts, at least seven BYP100 members were pepper-sprayed by police at the scene without just cause. The young boy was released into his motherâ€™s care after the mass direct action.
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