AFTER HKonJ JOIN US FOR THE 1ST EVER STATEWIDE #BLACKLIVESMATTER YOUTH ASSEMBLY
Join us in Estey Hall at Shaw University for a historic Black Lives Matter Youth Assembly on the campus where SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) was founded.
A YOUTH-ONLY (UNDER 35) ORGANIZING, DECISION-MAKING, COMMUNITY BUILDING SPACE CENTERING #BLACKLIVESMATTER. JOIN US FOR FREE FOOD & AN OPEN MIC. GET INVOLVED IN THE FIGHT TO DEFEND BLACK AND BROWN BODIES FROM RACIST POLICE.
MIKE BROWN, AIYANA JONES, JESUS HUERTA, JESSIE HERNANDEZ, DEREK WALKER, ISLAN NETTLES. We mourn them, but we won’t mourn in silence. We are young people of color acting up and speaking out in defense of our own bodies and lives. We remember that police forces originate from slave patrols and that prisons were built to replace plantations; we know that the police were never meant to serve or protect us. We demand a world in which Black lives matter; where we are not criminalized and hunted, but protected and loved.
WE NEED A #BLACKLIVESMATTERYOUTH ASSEMBLY because we will not be talked over or spoken for. We call for intentional youth-led and youth-centered spaces that fight because Black Lives Matter. We call for intentional Black Lives centered youth spaces with the understanding that when Black youth are free, we are all free.
WE STAND FOR THE SELF-DEFENSE OF BLACK BODIES AGAINST POLICE. We demand justice for Marissa Alexander, we celebrate the memory of Joan Little, we demand liberty and justice for Carlos Riley Jr., who remains incarcerated for defending his Black body from a killer cop.
#BLACKLIVESMATTER MEANS ALL OF US. We are creating space to uplift and mourn the lives lost of countless Black transgender women since the beginning of the year. We stand firm in holding the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender identity and affirm that Black Lives Matter means all of us.
With support from:
Destiny Hemphill | Eva Panjwani | Kenneth Strickland | Sam | DeeDee Jackson | Danielle Boachie | Andy Koch | Zaina Alsous | Tavon Bridges | Ajamu Dillahunt, JR. | Markyona | Andrea Padilla | Ariel Griffin |Youth Organizing Institute | Ignite NC | NC Student Power Union | NC HEAT | Black Workers for Justice | Southern Vision Alliance | Durham Solidarity Center | And countless others who have offered solidarity and support in this visioning process.
Statement here: http://goo.gl/vi9nTR