The March on Washington and the March on City Hall August 28th

(Press Statement of the Organizing Committee to Stop Police Crimes)

The march will kick off from Federal Plaza at Dearborn and Adams at 11:00 A.M.

This weekend 200,000 marchers converged on Washington, D.C. commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 march on Washington led by  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, A. Phillip Randolph. From all reports from those who attended it was a great event and a tremendous opportunity to honor our legacy of struggle for civil and human rights, to dip our banners for Trayvon Martin and the thousands of fallen victims of racist violence in these United States, and also raising new banners of struggle for justice, jobs, peace and freedom. It was an opportunity that attracted many of the various strands of the people’s movement who are fighting for racial and economic justice and political empowerment.

Chicago was well represented in this event marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March.  The Coalition of Black Trade Unionist, PUSH Rainbow Coalition, the Chicago Teachers Union, and many other groups and organizations from Chicago were present. There was even a featured front page story in the Sunday edition of the Sun Times on Chicago’s participation in the March.

PUSH Rainbow Coalition, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist and many of the organizations that marched in Washington, D.C. on August 24, 2013 have also endorsed the march on City Hall to Stop Police Crimes called for this Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and almost 200 other individuals and organizations.  It will be marking the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington by demanding that the Mayor and the City Council endorse legislation that will create an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) similar but not identical to the one just created by the New York City Council. This past Friday, August 23, 2013 the New York City Council overrode the veto of Mayor Bloomberg and passed legislation that creates two layers of oversight of the New York City Police (NYPD) designed to protect the civil liberties of New Yorkers the NYPD is sworn to protect.

What the peoples’ movement has achieved in New York has given us new hope here in Chicago to get our City Council to step up to the plate and pass our proposed legislation to create an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council. In Chicago police crimes have cost the tax payers about $70 million this year alone. Enough is enough! We need to empower the people to hold the police accountable and that is why we need CPAC enacted now.

The march will kick off from Federal Plaza at Dearborn and Adams at 11:00 A.M. and then to march to City Hall and rally for justice and an end to the violence. See you there!

Frank Chapman

On behalf of the CAARPR Organizing Committee to Stop Police Crimes and 200 endorsers.

For more information, contact Frank Chapman, 312-513-3795, or Greg Malandrucco, 312-637-0950.