Chicago Emergency Action in Solidarity with Baltimore
CHICAGO, IL â€“ Local organizers are calling for a solidarity demonstration with the people of Baltimore today, Tuesday, AprilÂ 28, at 6 P.M. at the Chicago Police Department Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.
BYP 100, We Charge Genocide, The Chicago Light Brigade, Black Lives Matter: Chicago, Chicago Socialists – ISO, #LetUsBreathe Collective & many more groups will demonstrate for an emergency action at CPD HQ to protest, to learn, to join together, to continue loving one another by fighting for each other’s lives.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1848370672054274/
In a press statement organizers of the event noted that, â€œToo many names have been turned into hashtags. What is happening in Baltimore is not an isolated event. This did not start today, or yesterday or last month or with Ferguson or with Rodney King. You cannot critique how Black people & people of color deal with the anguish, the frustration, the trauma, the death we experience everyday at the hands of the state, especially if you have never joined in the fight to end this oppression.
â€œThe police militarization and murder, the racist and systemic violence, the trauma and denied justice are happening in your backyards. Just days ago the judicial system that we are told to have faith and then let Dante Servin walk free after acknowledging he did kill Rekia Boyd.
â€œWe do this for Rekia Boyd, Freddie Gray, Dominique Franklin, Mya Hall, a trans woman who was killed by Baltimore police March 30. We do this to have symmetry in the cemetery. To value every life taken.â€
Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens. We are an organization affiliated with the Black Youth Project.