BLACK FRIDAY: A NEW STAGE IN THE STRUGGLE TO
STOP POLICE CRIMES
Frank Chapman, Field Organizer,
Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Every Monday we meet at 6pm at 1325 S. Wabash, Rm. 105
The mass, corporate controlled media has consistently focused on violence and looting in Ferguson. On November 24, 2014 CNN news showed a picture of a burning building for several hours but did not show people conducting organized protests. However, since the grand jury refused to indict Darren Wilson the media has been forced to acknowledge that there is in deed a movement a foot.
On Black Friday a new stage in the struggle for justice for Michael Brown’s family emerged calling not only for mass protests nationwide but also boycotts and the interruption of commerce.
In Ferguson, the epicenter of the struggle, the movement under the bold leadership of our youth did have sit-ins (die-ins) that closed down large malls and awakened large sections of the population to the racist injustice perpetrated against the Brown family. The issue of police crimes against the people is front and center in Ferguson. The Brown Family put out a call saying, “Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference”. Here’s how the struggle to make a difference went.
In Oakland, CA protestors chained themselves to a train at a Bay Area Rapid Transit stop, forcing officials to close down the station. This had reprecussions throughout the system.
In Chicago African American youth led a sit-in (die-in), teach-in demonstration while occupying City Hall for the entire working day on Thanksgiving eve and then protest/marched on Black Friday.
In Seattle and all across the U.S.A. protestors disruppted Black Friday shopping while chanting, “If we don’t get justice, they don’t get profits”.
Old groups like the Malcolm X Grass Roots Movement, Organization of Black Struggle, NAACP, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, some of the UAW locals, the Arab American Action Network, the Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and others stand united with new group formations like Lost Voices, Tribe X and We Charge Genocide to demand justice and people empowerment.
All this represents a new stage, trend and direction in the struggle to stop police crimes that is both spontaneous and organized. And most importantly the new direction is under the leadership of Black youth that recognizes political struggle as a means for achieving its goals.
Given these developments it is incumbent upon our organization to continue to fight back and build a mass movement for enacting a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) here in Chicago. We must stay focused and not get lost in the sauce of the moment. This means that we will have to engage in intense mobilization and organizing of our communities at the grass roots level, I’m talking door by door, block by block and neighborhood by neighborhood. We must continue to engage those communities that are under seige and victims of police crimes; we must continue assisting them in having a greater organized presence in our struggle.
This makes our Monday meetings night very special right now. Come and bring someone with you. Every Monday we meet at 6pm at 1325 S. Wabash, Rm. 105.