“Unite and Seize Our Power!
18th Annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression & the Criminalization of a Generation
2:30pm – 7:30pm
Gather @ Joyce Kilmer Park (across from the courthouse)
161st St & Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY
(B/D/4 train to 161st-Yankee Stadium)
2:30pm – Teach-ins & Workshops
(a) Women United Against Police Brutality – hosted by Ignite
(b) Criminalizing the Youth: Police and Military in Our Schools – hosted by Revolutionary Students Coordinating Committee (RSCC)
(c) Know your Enemy – hosted by Justice Committee
3:30pm – Rally begins
5:00pm – MARCH to 149th St & 3rd Ave, Bronx.
6:30pm – Closing Rally
Why do we need a National Day of Protest?
Every day, we, the young proletarians of New York City—particularly black and brown oppressed nationality youth—violently confront the repressive institutions of the capitalist state. How do we see these repressive institutions manifested in our daily lives? Within the schools, the courts and out in the streets we see that the role of teachers, school administrators, judges and cops is to maintain conditions of our exploitation by keeping us “in our place”.
How do they keep us “in our place”? The most violent and oppressive form of this maintenance is carried out by the police. They are given free reign – in fact, encouraged – to shoot dead teenagers like Ramarley Graham, Oscar Grant and Kimani Gray, to roam the ‘hood, stopping and frisking black and brown youth, filling them with bullets if they don’t like the way they look, and sexually harassing brown and black women in a way they would never dream of doing in wealthy and white neighborhoods. If these state-approved criminals are called out for their crimes, the courts work overtime to keep cops and racist volunteer-cops like Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman free and protected.
In our schools the state brought ROTC military recruiters back to CUNY, one of the only institutions of higher education in New York City that working class youth can hope to attend. They hired war criminal General David Petraeus to “teach” classes and then sent the cops to beat up and arrest student organizers for daring to challenge their campaign to turn our schools into a boot camp. This recent case of the CUNY 6 shows how strong the connection truly is between the state, it’s military and our schools.
It is time that we seize our own potential for rebellion under the banner of the political directive: It’s right to rebel against our class enemy.
The youth movement must begin the task of confronting all the enemies of the people, starting with the agents of the repressive state apparatus, the cops.
October 22nd is the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of of a Generation. Every day the NYPD engages in systematic violence of repression against our communities. The racist stop-and-frisk policies of the NYPD criminalize the youth. On October 22 we will march in the Bronx alongside the families of the victims of police murder. Join our student and youth contingent, standing united as we seize our power!
– Ignite, a participating organization in the October 22nd Coalition”