This video from the USA says about itself:
24 January 2015
Black Power to Black Lives Matter: Community panel connects the current youth-led struggle of BLACK LIVES MATTER to the Black Power movement of the 1960s-1970s.
JOHN CARLOS: 1968 Olympic Bronze medalist who raised his black gloved fist in a statement of struggle and resistance on the medal stand and became a global icon in the fight against racism, co-author of “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed The World”, Black Power icon
ARETHA BASU: Community Activist in the Black Lives Matter movement, Women of Color for Systemic Change
JESSE HAGOPIAN: Member of SEE: Social Equality Educators, Advisor for the Garfield High School Black Student Union, editor and contributing author of “More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing”
GERALD HANKERSON: President of the Seattle-King County NAACP
MARISSA JENAE: Community Activist in the Black Lives Matter movement, Outside Agitators 206
DAVE ZIRIN: Host of Edge of Sports, co-author of “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Movement That Changed The World”, Sports writer for The Nation Magazine
Hosted by the Garfield H.S., Seattle, Black Student Union
Sponsored by the Seattle International Socialist Organization, Outside Agitators 206, Social Equality Educators, Women of Color for Systemic Change, Seattle Transit Riders Union, No New Jim Crow Coalition, Stand Against Foreclosures & Evictions (SAFE in Seattle).
From the Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly in the USA:
AN URGENT CALL FROM BALTIMORE
Issued by the BALTIMORE PEOPLES POWER ASSEMBLY
National call to mobilize in cities across the U.S. and around the world for:
BLACK LIVES MATTER MAY DAY, FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015
SHUT IT DOWN FOR FREDDIE GREY ON MAY DAY – FRIDAY, MAY 1ST!
TURN UP & STAND WITH THE PEOPLE OF BALTIMORE!
AMNESTY FOR ALL ARRESTED PROTESTERS!
JAIL KILLER COPS NOW! END RACIST POLICE VIOLENCE NOW!
JUSTICE FOR FREDDIE GREY & ALL FAMILIES IMPACTED BY POLICE TERROR AROUND THE COUNTRY!
STAND WITH BALTIMORE ON MAY DAY!
Facebook Event Page here.
Greetings sisters and brothers from the streets of Baltimore:
As we draft this appeal the city of Baltimore is being occupied by a regional mobilization of police and the National Guard. The mass outrage over the slaughter of Freddie Grey has grown from protest to resistance. Baltimore is the “new” Ferguson, and we need the intervention of all who have participated in the Black Lives Matter Movement on a national level and we need it now.
No police have been arrested for the murder of Freddie Grey.
No explanation for his death has been given except to say that it’s a “mystery!”
More than 300 people have been arrested for resistance – while the cops are still free and on paid leave.
We are calling on activists to turn this Friday, May 1st 2015, into BLACK LIVES MATTER MAY DAY.
We realize that May Day is just a few days away. However, if you can organize to take it to the streets, the highways and the bridges in the same way that you did last fall and winter, it would make a world of difference in the struggle for justice at this critical moment.
We applaud the longshore and warehouse workers union (ILWU) Local 10 in Oakland, Calif., as well as the longshore workers in Charleston, South Carolina for plans to shut the docks down on May Day in solidarity with struggle against racist police violence.
We believe that it’s important that the movement rise up again on May Day, International Workers Day. The young Black and Brown people who are being murdered by the police may not look like some dated stereotype of a worker, but they are part of the working class. You should not have to have a job or be in a union to qualify as being in the working class. It’s time to get beyond outmoded notions about who is and who is not in the working class. The truth is that the fastest growing demographic in the working class are unemployed or underemployed people of color, many of them undocumented migrant workers, women, LGBTQ people and those with disabilities. If the Black Lives Matter movement can rise up again this May Day, it might just be the beginning of something bigger; a game change that broadens the movement, as well as the way people think.
On Sat. May 2nd, we call upon all who are able to come to Baltimore. For more information, please go to the Peoples Power Assemblies Facebook page for updates.
The Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly needs funds to help cover the cost of flyers, posters, banners, signs, water and supplies. Every donation helps regardless of size. Please go here.
We thank you in advance!
Baltimore imposes bail bonds of half a million dollars in legal crackdown. Republican governor extends 24-hour detention-without-charge limit ‘to protect public safety’ while courts impose sky-high bail bonds for minor offences: here.
SUICIDE RATE FOR BLACK YOUTHS SKYROCKETS “The suicide rate among black children has nearly doubled since the early 1990s, while the rate for white children has declined, a new study has found, an unusual pattern that seemed to suggest something troubling was happening among some of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.” [NYT]