"YOUR GOVERNMENT enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance."
(from the World Can't Wait Call)
Sean Bell - an unarmed man shot 50 times and
now his killers are all acquitted!
To all justice-minded people this verdict
should call us to action
The Whole Damn System is Guilty!
THURSDAY - MAY 22
ALL DAY IN SCHOOLS EVERYWHERE
TAKE IT TO THE STREETS
4 PM ASSEMBLE: RUFUS KING PARK- JAMAICA AVE AND 150TH ST
When the Judge lets the cops who murdered Sean Bell walk free, the system says to us:
50 shots at unarmed Black youth is no crime!
when the police brutalize or murder Black and Latino people the victims, not the cops, get disrespected and treated as criminals in court!
the police can kill again and again and again and we just have to learn to accept it.
We say Enough! This must stop! Justice for Sean Bell!
On May 22 many, many high school students and other youth need to say to the world:
We Refuse to Accept the Future this System Says We Must Accept!
We refuse to accept the murder of Sean Bell and a system that says his life and ours don’t count!
We count and we will make our own future!
MAKE THIS THE TOPIC FOR THE DAY: IN SCHOOL, IN THE STREETS
THURSDAY, MAY 22
Hundreds of young people have taken to the streets in Queens to protest this verdict. Many, many older people from all over NYC, and from different walks of life and nationalities must join the youth.
May 22: Wear Black! Take it to the Street! Count!
ALL EYES ON US!
Statement by Elaine Brower, member of National Steering Committee of World Can't Wait, who was among those arrested in civil disobedience actions:
The egregious acts of violence perpetrated by our own police department, members of which are allegedly here to protect and serve our communities, must be stopped. The verdict handed down by Justice Arthur Cooperman did not represent justice served. Allowing 3 police officers who fired randomly into a car and surrounding neighborhood to walk free, is totally unacceptable to me.
50 shots is a massacre, and is not defendable by any laws, or "legal opinions." We all know this; we are all effected by this on every single human level possible. It is absurd that these police officers will be allowed to walk free, keep their jobs, and live in their homes, totally unaffected by the events of murdering Sean Bell and wounding Joseph Guzman and Trent Bennefield.
What we call "justice" in this City, and all the way to Baghdad, is not just. The people are not being protected, they are being oppressed. So it is time the people respond! In fact, it is way past time. We have sat by long enough and watched the NYPD inflict pain and suffering on people in this City. They have free reign to "stop and frisk" specifically targeting youths in communities of color. They have entered our subway systems with machine guns and attack dogs in the name of security. They have installed thousands upon thousands of video surveillance systems all around our City in the name of safety. And they are free to unleash gunfire at their will, or as NYPD regulations say "…until the threat or the perceived threat is over…"
What kind of nonsense is this? It represents a policy that is ridiculous and extremely dangerous to people of color who are routinely discriminated against and considered expendable. In 2006 (the most recent year for which there is information), police officers fired an average of five shots per incident when they were the only ones shooting, which is the highest number for the entire eight years for which these figures have been reported.