Report on September 13 Blow the Whistle Actions Around the Country
Break the Silence! Blow the Whistle on Stop-and-Frisk and Mass Incarceration!
On September 13, whistles blew all across New York City; and in Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities across the U.S. People blew the whistle on Stop-and-Frisk, on 2.4 million people warehoused in prison, on the torture-like conditions so many are subjected to in those prisons and on the discrimination faced by formerly incarcerated people even after they've served their sentences.
Moving stories came to light in the build-up to September13th and on the day itself. In the wake of police in the Bronx gunning down Reynaldo Cuevas on September 7th as he fled from a robbery, whistles sounded the burning rage of people at this foul murder. In a Brooklyn neighborhood, people confronted a cop with whistles and chants of "stop-and-frisk" in defense of a young man who was being harassed for dropping a piece of candy wrapper on the ground.
On September 13th in Anaheim, California, family members and friends of four youth murdered by police there gathered to Blow the Whistle on police murder. At California State University-Northridge (just outside LA), students posed with Blow the Whistle signs and whistles. In Oakland, California, students at two high schools wore stickers saying: "Mass Incarceration + Silence = Genocide" and blew whistles. At the end of the day in Harlem, people marched to two projects where we were met by residents wearing their whistles and waiting for the march to arrive so they could join in blowing the whistle on stop-and-frisk. These projects had been the scene of frequent clashes between youth from the different projects, but on this day, four youth from one project went with the march over to the other project to get out whistles and join their neighbors in blowing the whistle on all the abuse the cops bring down on people.
These whistles marked determination to refuse to any longer suffer abuse from the criminal "injustice" system in silence. They were a way for the people who bear the brunt of this injustice to stand up and resist this abuse. A way for people to stop blaming themselves for this abuse and to start having each other's back and looking out for each other in the face of this abuse. These whistles can be another nail in the coffin of stop-and-frisk.
On September 13th, our resistance to the way the police and the whole criminal "injustice" system come down on the people got taken to another level. The Stop Mass Incarceration Network (SMIN) is dedicated to sustaining the way that blowing the whistle on police abuse has become a form of collective mass resistance, and to spreading the sense of engaging in this kind of resistance more broadly in society. We understand that anyone who stands up to resist all this could be targeted for retaliation. We also know whole generations of young people have already been targeted — targeted by racial profiling, being put on the road to living their lives going in and out of prison, robbed of any hope for the future. Blowing the whistle on all this abuse is an important part of breaking the pipeline that puts so many of our youth on that road.
Going forward, SMIN will be blowing the whistle on stop-and-frisk and all the injustice the authorities bring down on people. We will blow the whistle as we to mobilize support for our demand to Drop the Charges on the Stop "Stop-and-Frisk" Freedom Fighters and Stop the Prejudicial Prosecutions of 'Noche' Diaz. As part of doing this will be raising the funds necessary to mount a powerful legal and political defense of these freedom fighters. Two fund raisers are currently planned -- one on September 29th in Hadley, Massachusetts, and another in Manhattan on October 30th. (For more information or to help make these benefit events, and the fight to win these legal cases, successful, contact SMIN.) We will blow whistles as we mobilize for the upcoming October 22nd National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.
If you are tired of the way the police harass, disrespect and brutalize young people; if you are horrified at the way so many people are warehoused in prisons across the country, if your heart goes out to the millions of people who are forced to live their lives enmeshed in the criminal "injustice" system, then you need to join us in building a fight to END MASS INCARCERATION AND ALL ITS CONSEQUENCES!
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