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We issue this Call in a sense of outrage in the face of increasing racist violence and political repression towards working class and Black and Brown communities.
We are currently facing a national epidemic of state-sponsored violence perpetrated by police and vigilantes targeting the oppressed Black, Latinx, immigrant, indigenous, LGBTQ, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and gender fluid communities. Black Trans women are also being harassed and killed at record rates.
We are outraged that a detainment-to-deportation pipeline persists and grows, featuring local police working side-by-side with ICE to racially profile, hunt, and detain immigrants and then subject them to unlawful deportation with impunity. An unprecedented level of state violence has been unleashed on our Southern border with Mexico forcing masses of children, their parents and all adults to live in wretched concentration camp like conditions. Trans asylum-seekers and members of LGBTQ caravans have also been hurt and killed by border patrol police.
We see blatant police occupation in such major urban areas as Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Oakland, St. Paul, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. with police being permitted by city government to commit unspeakable crimes against the people. Murders by the police, even when video-recorded, go unpunished.
We are witnessing and fighting against the institutionalization of a U.S. police state fusing local, state and federal law enforcement in the name of countering terror under the so-called “Patriot Act”. More money goes toward police budgets while the Black community suffers from severe underdevelopment.
We continue to struggle for our comrades who still languish in U.S. prisons after 40 years of incarceration or in exile, including: Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abu Jamal, Jalil Muntaqim, Mutulu Shakur, Assata Shakur and Pete O’Neal, among others.
We continue to fight for the pardoning of all torture survivors who were framed and kidnaped by Chicago Police officers, tortured into “confessing” and wrongfully convicted.
In our forty-six years of existence, we have never dropped our banner demanding an end to police crimes and terror. In Chicago, our campaign for an all elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) has become a mass demand of the people advancing the struggle for community control of the police like never before. In the City-wide elections recently held in the winter, we had 68 candidates running with a plank in their platform for community control of the police. In total, 17 pro-CPAC candidates were elected.
We continue to stand in unconditional solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, who is currently facing blatant racist repression through the attacks by the Department of Justice branding them “Black Identity Extremists.”
The Islamophobia unleashed across the country after September 11th is now being ramped up to new heights under Trump. His presidency is the domestic reflection of the so-called War on Terror. We have stood together with Arabs and Muslims here, including in defense of our Palestinian sister, Rasmea Odeh, against deportation; at the airports against the Muslim Ban; and we have rallied around Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib as they speak out against racism and Zionism.
Militarization of our Southern border with Mexico is no longer a question of policy debated back and forth between Democrats and Republicans. It is an accomplished fact that must be confronted and changed by our movement.
We continue to stand in unconditional solidarity with the national liberation movements of Palestine, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines, as well as the anti-imperialist struggles of South Africa, Venezuela, and all progressive, democratic forces against imperialism.
Consequently, we are reaching out to you, our comrades in struggle, to join us in our renewed effort to create a Black-led, Left-led, multi-racial, multi-national movement to stop police crimes, mass incarceration and to end racist and political repression.
Initiating Sponsors To Our Call for a National Conference Reestablishing The National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Angela Y. Davis
Anne Mitchell - Founding Member, NAARPR
Arab American Action Network
Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly
Black Lives Matter - Chicago
Black Lives Matter - Tucson
Black People Against Police Torture
Coraminita Mahr - Executive VP, SEIU Local 1199
Centro Community Service Organization
Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression
Chicago Boricua Resistance
Chicago Teachers Union
Committee to Stop FBI Repression
Daryl Brown- Trinity United Church of Christ
Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Gus Newport - Former Mayor, Berkeley, CA
Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice
Innocent Demand Justice
Jacksonville Community Action Committee
Kentucky Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression
Kevin Tyson- Trinity United Church of Christ
Legalization for all (L4A) Network
Minnesota Anti-War Committee
Minnesota Peace Action Coalition
National Alliance of Filipino Concerns
National Conference of Black Lawyers
New Jericho Project
North Texas Action Committee
Restore The Fourth
Socialist Unity Party
Southsiders Organized for Unity & Liberation
Tallahassee Community Action Committee
Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar
Utah Against Police Brutality
US Palestinian Community Network
Women’s All Point Bulletin
Women Against Military Madness