Call to Refound the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

Mar 30, 2019

We issue this Call in a sense of outrage in the face of increasing racist violence and political repression towards working class and Black and Brown communities.

We are currently facing a national epidemic of state-sponsored violence perpetrated by police and vigilantes targeting the oppressed Black, Latinx, immigrant, indigenous, LGBTQ, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and gender fluid communities. Black Trans women are also being harassed and killed at record rates.

We are outraged that a detainment-to-deportation pipeline persists and grows, featuring local police working side-by-side with ICE to racially profile, hunt, and detain immigrants and then subject them to unlawful deportation with impunity. An unprecedented level of state violence has been unleashed on our Southern border with Mexico forcing masses of children, their parents and all adults to live in wretched concentration camp like conditions. Trans asylum-seekers and members of LGBTQ caravans have also been hurt and killed by border patrol police.

We see blatant police occupation in such major urban areas as Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Oakland, St. Paul, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. with police being permitted by city government to commit unspeakable crimes against the people.  Murders by the police, even when video-recorded, go unpunished.

We are witnessing and fighting against the institutionalization of a U.S. police state fusing local, state and federal law enforcement in the name of countering terror under the so-called “Patriot Act”.  More money goes toward police budgets while the Black community suffers from severe underdevelopment.

We continue to struggle for our comrades who still languish in U.S. prisons after 40 years of incarceration or in exile, including: Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abu Jamal, Jalil Muntaqim, Mutulu Shakur, Assata Shakur and Pete O’Neal, among others.

We continue to fight for the pardoning of all torture survivors who were framed and kidnapped by Chicago Police officers, tortured into “confessing” and wrongfully convicted.

In our forty-six years of existence, we have never dropped our banner demanding an end to police crimes and terror. In Chicago, our campaign for an all elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) has become a mass demand of the people advancing the struggle for community control of the police like never before. In the City-wide elections recently held in the winter, we had 68 candidates running with a plank in their platform for community control of the police. In total, 17 pro-CPAC candidates were elected.

We continue to stand in unconditional solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, who is currently facing blatant racist repression through the attacks by the Department of Justice branding them “Black Identity Extremists.”

The Islamophobia unleashed across the country after September 11th is now being ramped up to new heights under Trump. His presidency is the domestic reflection of the so-called War on Terror. We have stood together with Arabs and Muslims here, including in defense of our Palestinian sister, Rasmea Odeh, against deportation; at the airports against the Muslim Ban; and we have rallied around Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib as they speak out against racism and Zionism.

Militarization of our Southern border with Mexico is no longer a question of policy debated back and forth between Democrats and Republicans. It is an accomplished fact that must be confronted and changed by our movement.

We continue to stand in unconditional solidarity with the national liberation movements of Palestine, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines, as well as the anti-imperialist struggles of South Africa, Venezuela, and all progressive, democratic forces against imperialism.         

Consequently, we are reaching out to you, our comrades in struggle, to join us in our renewed effort to create a Black-led, Left-led, multi-racial, multi-national movement to stop police crimes, mass incarceration and to end racist and political repression.


Angela Y. Davis
50th Chicano Moratorium Committee
Abolition Collective
Adelphi University
American Federation of Teachers 1493 — San Mateo Community College
American Friends Service Committee — Chicago
American Party of Labor
Anne Mitchell — Founding Member, NAARPR
Anti Police-Terror Project
Antonio Rodriguez – Civil Rights Lawyer
Arab American Action Network
Art Resistance
AFSCME Local 526
AFSCME Local 2822
AFSCME 3800 – U of MN Clerical Workers
Assata’s Daughters
Association of Black Psychologists: Chicago Chapter
Baltimore Peace Action
Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly
Black Lives Matter — Chicago
Black Lives Matter — South Bend
Black Lives Matter — Tucson
Black Lives Matter — Women of Faith
Black People Against Police Torture
Campaign for Respect, Fairness and Human Dignity (CRFHD)
Carlos Montes — Los Brown Berets
Centro Community Service Organization
Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression
Chicago Boricua Resistance
Chicago Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
Chicago Democratic Socialists of America
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Torture Justice Center
Coalition for Civil Freedoms
Coalition for Community Control Over the Police
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists — Saint Louis
Coalition to March on the DNC 2020
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS)
Committee to Free Simon Trinidad
Committee to Stop FBI Repression
Committee to Stop FBI Repression: Tampa
Common Connections Foundation
Communist Party USA (CPUSA) — Anna Hass Morgan Club
Communist Party USA (CPUSA) — Chicago
Communist Party USA (CPUSA) — Colorado May Day Club
Communist Party USA (CPUSA) — Harry Bridges Club of San Francisco
Communist Party USA (CPUSA) — National
Coraminita Mahr – Executive VP, SEIU Local 1199
CRF-Human Dignity
Dallas Anti War Committee
Daryl Brown– Trinity United Church of Christ
Defending Rights & Dissent
Denver Peace Council
EastSide Arts Alliance
Eric Brooks — Communist Party USA
Ernesto Vigil- Author and Chicano Activist
Families United 4 Justice
Florida Future Labor Leaders: West Central FL
Forced Trajectory Project
Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Generation Action — University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Good Kids Mad City — Chicago
Gus Newport – Former Mayor, Berkeley, CA
Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice
Housing Resource Network
Human Rights Initiative — North Texas
ICIL Ministries
Independent Political Organization (IPO) of the 22nd Ward
Innocent Demand Justice
International Action Center
International Women’s Alliance
Jacksonville Community Action Committee
Jay Schaffner- Founding Member, NAARPR
Jewish Voice for Peace: Chicago Chapter
Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez- Founder, The Young Lords
Justice for Palestinians
Kentucky Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression
Kevin Tyson– Trinity United Church of Christ
La Villita Chicago
Lead for Equity and Engagement
Legalization for all (L4A) Network
Leonard Peltier Support Group Silicon Valley (LPSG SV)
Loilita Files
Los Brown Berets
Los Brown Berets de Chicago
Love Not Blood Campaign
Lynne Stewart Org
Malaya Movement North Texas
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Marxist Labour Party
Migrante USA
Minnesota Anti-War Committee
Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC)
Minnesota Peace Action Coalition
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) — St. Louis, MO
National Alliance of Filipino Concerns
National Conference of Black Lawyers
National Students for a Democratic Society
New Abolitionist Movement
New Afrikan People’s Organization
National Jericho Movement
Nihonmachi Outreach Committee
North Texas Action Committee
Northwest Side Coalition Against Racism & Hate
Ohio Families Unite Against Police Brutality
The Organization of Black Students at the University of Chicago
Organizing White Men for Collective Liberation
Pan-African Community Action (PACA)
People’s Alliance
People’s Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism (POWIR)
People’s Organization for Progress — Arturo Schomburg Branch (New York)
People Organizing to Win and Engage for Reform (POWER)
Pilsen Alliance
Popular Resistance
Prevention At The Intersections
Psychologists for Social Responsibility
The Red Handed Warrior Society
Restore The Fourth
Salt of the Earth Labor College
Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
Save One Life Foundation
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73
Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) — Chicago
SHUT-UP Prison Ministry
Socialist Unity Party
Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP)
Southsiders Organized for Unity & Liberation
South Bay Committee Against Political Repression
Stand With Kashmir
Students Against Mass Incarceration at the University of Utah
Students for a Democratic Society: Kent State
Students for a Democratic Society: Tallahassee
Students for a Democratic Society: Tampa Bay
Students for a Democratic Society: Truman State University Chapter
Students for a Democratic Society: University of Illinois at Chicago
Students for a Democratic Society: UMN
Students for a Democratic Society: UNF
Students for a Democratic Society: University of Utah
Students for a Democratic Society: Western Mass
Tallahassee Community Action Committee
Tampa Anti-War Committee
Trans Pride Initiative
Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Local 1177
United National Antiwar Coalition
United States Of Africa Revolutionary Party
Utah Against Police Brutality
U.S. Palestinian Community Network
U.S. Peace Council
Veterans for Peace
Veterans for Peace: Chicago Chapter
Women’s All Point Bulletin
Women Against Military Madness