View other events for the week of 1/23/2015
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
|Carl Dix - "Escalate the Struggle to Stop Police Murder!|
|Date||Friday January 23|
|Time||3:00 PM - 5:00 PM|
|Import this event into your personal calendar.|
College of Alameda, Webster and Atlantic, Alameda, 94501
Student Center (S Building)
|Organizer/Author||Bay Area Stop Mass Incarceration Network|
|stopmassincarcerationbayarea [at] gmail.com|
Come hear Carl Dix,
co-founder (with Dr. Cornel West) of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, speak about:
POLICE MURDER BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE ALL THE DAMN TIME!
Why are they almost never punished for their crimes?
Why does this happen, and what will it take for this to end?
During the last few months, powerful, beautiful and determined protests have been dragging some of the reality of what it means to be Black or Latino in Amerikkka out into the open for all to see. People in Ferguson first stood up to say NO MORE to police murder. Many, many people, all across the country and of different nationalities joined in determined and defiant resistance to STOP BUSINESS AS USUAL in a system where the USUAL BUSINESS is MURDER by POLICE.
The actions of the people have done more than all the commissions, all the “conversations about race,” all the “programs that (supposedly) ‘work,’” all the et cetera et cetera blah blah blah bullshit of the past two decades. And they have compelled tens of millions to confront one huge, taproot part of the ugliness that is America: America’s ghoulish, horrific practice of using people who are supposed to be “serving and protecting” to not just pen in, lock down, abuse, humiliate, and brutally attack its Black and Latino youth, as these heartless monsters do every hour of every day, but to outright murder these youth… under “color of authority.” The people have, in these past months, taken a big step toward stopping this. Obama, once again, has it exactly wrong: righteous rebellion is precisely what changes things.
grew up in an African-American working class community of Baltimore, Maryland. While attending college, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War. In 1970, he was one of six GI's who refused orders to go to Vietnam. This was the largest mass refusal of orders to Vietnam during that war. Dix served two years in Leavenworth Military Penitentiary. It was during his incarceration that he became a revolutionary. After his release from Leavenworth, Dix returned to Baltimore, Maryland, and worked and organized at the Bethlehem Steel plant.
In 1985, Carl spearheaded the publication of the Draw The Line Statement that condemned the bombing of the MOVE house in Philadelphia, killing 11 people, 5 of them children. In 1996, he co-founded the October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. In 2011, Carl, together with Dr. Cornel West, co-founded the Stop Mass Incarceration Network and initiated a campaign of civil disobedience to STOP “Stop and Frisk.” This campaign took the effort to end that racist and illegitimate policy to a higher level. In 2014, Carl and Cornel called for making October a Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.