Saturday, October 22, 2011

"I will join Cornel West and Carl Dix…"

A letter from a youth organizer who was part of yesterday's civil disobedience to stop "stop & frisk."  It was read at a program at Revolution Books in NYC on Oct 19th.

Dearest family, friends, and supporters:

On October 21st I will join Cornel West and Carl Dix in a civil disobedience action targeted at stopping the illegal, unconstitutional "Stop and Frisk" policy by the NYPD. 600,000 stops and frisks per year; 1,900 stops per day; 85% of which are Black and Latino; we're talking about a policy implemented by the NYPD that deliberately absolves 4th Amendment rights from whole sections of the population, and criminalizes an entire generation of youth because they "fit the description." This is the other end of police brutality, the pipeline to prison—the slow, relentless obliteration of entire communities.

...Although the experience of being a Black male informs my decision, I am not doing this because of some personal vendetta against the police, or even because I am directly impacted by this more.

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posted by Sunsara Taylor at 2:14 PM


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