Call to Refound the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

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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.

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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

Antonio Rodriguez - Civil Rights Lawyer

Arab American Action Network

Art Resistance

AFSCME Local 526

AFSCME 3800 - U of MN Clerical Workers

Assata’s Daughters

Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly

Black Lives Matter - Chicago

Black Lives Matter - Tucson

Black People Against Police Torture

Carlos Montes

Centro Community Service Organization

Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression

Chicago Boricua Resistance

Chicago Teachers Union

Chicago Torture Justice Center

Coalition for Civil Freedoms

CODEPINK

Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism CCDS

Committee to Stop FBI Repression

Committee to Stop FBI Repression - Tampa

Coraminita Mahr - Executive VP, SEIU Local 1199

Daryl Brown- Trinity United Church of Christ

Defending Rights & Dissent

Denver Peace Council 

Eric Brooks- Communist Party USA

Ernesto Vigil- Author and Chicano Activist

Freedom Road Socialist Organization

Gus Newport - Former Mayor, Berkeley, CA

Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice

ICIL Ministries

Innocent Demand Justice

International Action Center

Jacksonville Community Action Committee

Jay Schaffner- Founding Member, NAARPR

Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago Chapter

Jose "Cha Cha" Jimenez- Founder, The Young Lords

Justice for Palestinians

Kentucky Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression

Kevin Tyson- Trinity United Church of Christ

Legalization for all (L4A) Network

Leonard Peltier Support Group Silicon Valley (LPSG SV)

Loilita Files

Los Brown Berets

Lynne Stewart Org

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

Minnesota Anti-War Committee

Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC)

Minnesota Peace Action Coalition

National Alliance of Filipino Concerns

National Conference of Black Lawyers

National Students for a Democratic Society 

New Abolitionist Movement

New Afrikan People's Organization

New Jericho Project

North Texas Action Committee

Ohio Families Unite Against Police Brutality

Pilsen Alliance

The Red Handed Warrior Society

Restore The Fourth

Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

Socialist Unity Party

Southsiders Organized for Unity & Liberation

South Bay Committee Against Political Repression

Students Against Mass Incarceration at the University of Utah

Students for a Democratic Society: Tallahassee

Students for a Democratic Society: Tampa Bay

Students for a Democratic Society: Truman State University Chapter

Students for a Democratic Society: University of Illinois at Chicago

Students for a Democratic Society: UMN

Students for a Democratic Society: UNF

Student for a Democratic Society: University of Utah

Tallahassee Community Action Committee

Tampa Anti-War Committee

Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar

Utah Against Police Brutality

U.S. Palestinian Community Network

U.S. Peace Council

Veterans for Peace - Chicago Chapter

Western Massachusetts Students for a Democratic Society

Women’s All Point Bulletin

Women Against Military Madness