Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) Responds to Non-Indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown
CHICAGO, IL — The Grand Jury’s decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18 year-old Michael Brown serves as a call to action for young Black people across America.
We are forced to contend with a culture of anti-Blackness enforced by government agencies. This anti-Black culture manifests itself in the warehousing of Black bodies in this nation’s prisons. It manifests itself in the closings of public schools. It manifests itself in the murders of Black people who span many identities including men & boys, women & girls and LGBTQ people nationwide.
Mike Brown will never start college. He will never again get to make his mother laugh or his father proud. While Darren Wilson rests during a paid vacation, Mike Brown’s family works to carve solace from this senseless tragedy.
A Black person in America is killed by a police officer or person protected by the state every 28 hours (MXGM National). We take action in the name of ending anti-black police state violence and ask that you join us in non-violent direct action wherever you are in the world.
LOCAL BYP100 ACTIONS (for more information visit www.byp100.org/every28hours):
- Chicago, IL:
BYP100 will be at City Hall, 121 N LaSalle, 5th floor leading healing workshops and political education teach-ins on the Agenda to Keep Us Safe, a policy agenda that proposes strategies and policies to end the criminalization of Black Youth in America. Contact: Camesha Jones, 240-533-2876, email@example.com
- New Orleans, LA:
- Sunday, November 30th:
The NOLA chapter of the Black Youth Project 100 will host a solidarity rally addressing the impact of state sanctioned police violence in the black community from Ferguson to New Orleans. We will gather at LEE CIRCLE (which we will be claiming at Brown Circle) at 12 (NOON) the Sunday after the verdict whether they indict Wilson or not (because even if he is indicted, this will not change the culture of racism and impunity the US police force operates under that allowed Wilson to feel like he could murder Mike Brown that day and continues to allow a black person to be killed by police every 28 hours)! Please wear BLACK and/or RED. The rally will feature speakers, performances from local art based activists and follow up information for local organizing against police brutality.
Contact: Christine “Cfreedom” Brown, 504-595-9442, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Washington, DC:
o Tuesday November 25th
BYP100’s DC Chapter will begin a 28-hour occupation of multiple locations throughout the city starting at 8:28am at the DC Police Department Headquarters on 300 Indiana Ave. NW, where we will take action against police brutality and lack of police accountability and transparency.
Contact: Devin Barrington-Ward, 202-701-9439 email@example.com
BYP100’s DC Chapter will go to the offices of DC Councilmember, Tommy Wells, at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, and make a demand for Community Review Board for police complaints.
BYP100’s DC Chapter will go to the transition offices of Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser at 441 4th Ave NW, as we issue a demand for a Community Review Board for police complaints.
7 at pm
BYP100’s DC Chapter will join #DCFerguson, Black Agenda Report, No Fear Coalition and Black is Back Coalition in DC’s Mount Vernon Square as we rally in solidarity for the ongoing events in Ferguson, MO.
WEDNESDAY at 12:28PM
BYP100’s DC Chapter will conclude their 28 hours of occupation by hosting a political education session at the NAACP offices at 1000 U Street NW.
If you are not able to participate in the above actions, below are other ways to advocate:
- Organize a local meeting in your city to develop a citizens police review board
- ReviewThe Agenda to Keep Us Safe for resources on creating a citizens police review board
- Organize a non-violent direct action at the top city government office and demand:
- The mayor, city council and police chief to formally sign-on and support The Agenda to Keep Us Safe
- A scheduled meeting with newly elected or re-elected elected officials to discuss additional policy to be implemented and work on The Agenda to Keep Us Safe
BYP100 was organically formed as 100 Black organizers from across the nation responded to the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman, the muderer of unarmed, black teenager Trayvon Martin. Now, a year later, we find ourselves potentially facing the same unjust scenario. We ask that you join us as we stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, the family of Michael Brown and the many other black women, men and children who have unjustly died at the hands of police brutality.