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Statement from BYP100 Regarding #STOPTHECOPS March happening NOW
October 24, 2015
Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), Assata’s Daughters, We Charge Genocide and Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) are taking action today to shut-down the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in Chicago to demonstrate the urgency for a fundamental shift in the way this country invests in our most valuable resources – our people.
Together, we’re organized to demand that our lives, our communities and our futures be made a priority. The police chiefs who belong to the IACP, and their local departments have a debt to pay for the lives and the resources they’ve stolen and we’re here to collect.
From Chicago to Oakland, New Orleans to New York City, Black people live under police occupation everyday. Black folks who are poor, women, formerly incarcerated, working class, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming, differently abled, and/or undocumented are particularly vulnerable to police violence and hyper-surveillance. As a people living in Black bodies, state-sanctioned violence is always a clear and present danger. This must end.
Among the many measures we believe are needed:
We demand all local, state and federal budgets to defund the police and invest those dollars and resources in Black futures.
We want reparations for chattel slavery, Jim Crow and mass incarceration.
We want to end all profit from so-called “criminal justice” punishment – both public and private.
We want a guaranteed income for all, living wages, a federal jobs program, and freedom from discrimination for all workers.
We want the labor of Black transgender and cisgender women (unseen and seen, unpaid and paid) to be valued and supported, not criminalized and marginalized.
We want investments in Black communities that promote economic sustainability and eliminate the displacement of our people.
The global nature of the IACP conference is not lost on us. We know that American police officers train with defense agents occupying other lands where Black Palestinians and African migrants experience double oppression. State violence is connected not just from local police station to police station, but also globally among various occupying forces.
Black people deserve to live with human dignity. We are building a movement rooted in people who understand why we must fight. We are constantly at risk of experiencing anti-Black violence by state and its accomplices.
Today, we are putting ourselves at risk to take power over our futures because we know that our liberation will not be handed to us, we have to build it ourselves.
With Power and Love,
BYP100, Assata’s Daughters, We Charge Genocide and OCAD
Right now almost a hundred Black, undocumented and immigrant organizers in Chicago are participating in a mass civil disobedience to shut down the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
The action is led by Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) to call attention to the disproportionate amount of resources that governments spend on police instead of investing in the future of Black communities. Just in the city of Chicago, for example, 40 percent of the city budget is spent on police - about 4 million dollars every day that could be used in investing in education, reparations, childcare and jobs.
The Not1More Deportation campaign and the Chicago-based Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) have been working closely with BYP100 to put together today’s action. As communities that face violence every day, we know that remaining silent is complicity. We are participating because it is crucial for immigrant communities to actively engage in the fight against the aggressive policing of people of color and anti-Black violence, and to support Black-led organizing.
We also know that criminalization also affects immigrants, particularly immigrants of color. We see the targeting of immigrants with criminal records for deportation and detention as part of the same system of policing and mass incarceration.