A growing grassroots movement is simmering across the United States. Coalition groups are condemning what they call state-sanctioned campaigns of “police terror,” a term used to describe the systematic harassment through racial profiling and extrajudicial executions carried out by police mostly against communities of color.
The movement against police brutality and terror is culminating in a three-day action under the slogan #RiseUpOctober, supported by notable figures like scholar and academic Cornel West and actor Jesse Williams.
In recent years, victims of police brutality like Travyon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Sandra Bland have become household names through the dedication and hard work of members of The Black Lives Matter movement to disrupt and interrupt U.S. American politics.
Now coalition groups such as Stop Mass Incarceration are building on this community momentum and consciousness to launch the movement against “police terror” in communities of color.
At least 100 families who have lost a family member due to police brutality are expected to be present at the marches, scheduled for Oct. 22-24.
Throughout the United States demonstrators are calling for the end to police brutality. Cat Brooks of the Anti Police-Terror Project in Oakland, California, shares excerpts of her poem “For Oscar,” which describes not knowing how to tell her daughter about the painful weight of police violence on her and her community.
Brooklyn-based Journalist Ashoka Jegroo says that the movement against racialized police brutality aims to challenge state-sanctioned terror. Read more.
Protesters marching in Harlem on June 22 after the Charleston shooting. | Photo: Ashoka Jegroo
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