Every single day, someone’s brother or sister, father or mother, is killed by police in this country, police who almost never face charges, let alone conviction and prison. A powerful movement took to the streets last autumn that inspired millions of us, but the killing continues. Now what will we do?
Maybe you think that the police murder of unarmed Black and Brown civilians in the U.S. has nothing to do with the crimes perpetrated by the United States around the globe, but there are many parallels and connections. Watch this short video from a young Chicagoan who explains why she thinks it affects all of us.
When police murdered Michael Brown and Eric Garner, grand juries did not deliver justice, no police were prosecuted, and Black and Brown people, especially youth, continue to be criminalized, targeted, and outright murdered by the police. The execution of Walter Scott (photo), revealed just this week, is one more sickening and outrageous example that we know about only because of the courage of a young man who shared his video with Walter’s family. Only then were the lies the cops told exposed. What if there had been no video? And in the face of this state-sanctioned murder, the United States continues to claim to be “number one” in human rights!
The release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture at the end of 2014 revealed sickening details of the brutality and torture that many detainees, including those held at Guantanamo, have endured at the hands of U.S. agents. These crimes too have been sanctioned by officials at the highest level, and none of them have been held to account either. The U.S. government has targeted and killed thousands of innocent people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia through its drone program, all without any legal, let alone moral foundation. A drone operater who sees a group of people on his screen and presumes they are terrorists is not at all unlike U.S. police officers when they see a group of youth on some street corner and immediately presum that something is afoot. All of these horrors are committed in the name of our “security and safety,” whether it means targeting Black and Latino people here in this country or targeting people around the globe.
What it comes down to is this – what we allow our government to do here in this country, we allow it do to others around the world and vice versa. American lives are not more important than anyone else’s and Black and Brown lives matter just as much as white. We stand with those in the righteous struggle to end police brutality and murder here because the system that brutalizes, tortures, and oppresses people around the globe is the same system that brutalizes, tortures, and oppresses Black and Latino people in its own streets. World Can’t Wait calls on everyone to be part of April 14 actions to Shut Down and STOP murder by police!
Join us this Tuesday at 3 PM, download and distribute this flyer, be part of Shutting Down April 14 to STOP police murder wherever you are!