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50th Anniversary of Selma Bloody Sunday Commemorative Bridge Walk and Rally

Saturday, March 07, 2015
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Event Type:
Bay Area Stop Mass Incarceration Network
Location Details:
Gather South (San Francisco Side) Parking Lot Golden Gate Bridge
Walk across the span in solidarity of the marchers gathered in Selma, Alabama

In Solidarity with the people marching in Selma. Alabama this Weekend

Rally and Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
12 noon, Saturday March 7th
Meet in the Parking lot on the South (San Francisco) Side of the Bridge
Bring Signs, Banners and your voice

USA, 1965—Black people in Selma, Alabama, viciously attacked by cops and the Klan for seeking the right to vote, beaten with baseball bats and billy clubs, tear gas, and whips; ... people murdered by brutalizing police, by racist vigilantes; ... “whites only” Jim Crow segregation still prevails across the South, and in the North—Black people crammed into crumbling ghettos; forced to attend overcrowded, underfunded inner city schools; arrested, beaten, and murdered by police; kept in the lowest-paying, most dangerous jobs, if they find work at all...

USA, 2015—a full half-century later—a New Jim Crow of criminalization and mass incarceration of Black and men still in full effect; more Black men in prison today than were enslaved in 1850; soaring unemployment for Black people in cities across the entire country; public schools more segregated now—60 years since the U.S. Supreme Court put an end to the hateful “separate but equal doctrine”—than they were in the late 1960s; And increasingly, Black people denied the right to vote, supposedly the most “sacred” right of U.S. citizenship, at a rate seven times higher than that for white people.

On top of that, there’s the increasing number of Black men and youths murdered by police in every city of this country—choked to death on a sidewalk in New York; shot and killed walking down the street in Ferguson, Missouri, in a park in Cleveland, on a train in Oakland; racist vigilantes murdering Black youth in cold blood, being let free by courts at every level, up to and including the Federal government. The system is once again forcefully reminding us of the Dred Scott Decision that Black people have “no rights which the white man was bound to respect”.

But, also in August 2015, the defiant youth of Ferguson stood up. They sparked a powerful movement to stop the murder of people at the hands of the police. Tens of thousands of people, of different ethnicities and all over the country, blocked highways and bridges, marched through shopping malls, did "die-ins" everywhere, walked out from school, and left work. These actions shook this country to its core.

Now We Are At a Crossroads…Will we allow the system to suppress this movement and continue business as usual, or will re-take the offensive and bring even more massive waves of struggle to STOP the murder of Black, Brown and all people by the police?

On April 14, we need to take our movement to STOP wanton police murder to a whole new level. NO SCHOOL! NO WORK! NO BUSINESS AS USUAL!

On this day, thousands of students walking out of school, taking over buildings and going on strike at colleges and high schools nationwide. People gathering and marching in cities all across the U.S. The normal routine of this society, which includes wanton police murder of Black and Brown people, must be brought to a Halt!

* The murder of Black and Brown people by the police MUST STOP.

* Justice for all the victims of brutal, murdering police.

* Indict, convict and send killer cops to jail—the whole damn system is guilty as hell.

* Stop the repression targeting the protests—Drop all the charges against all those arrested.
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