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To the Secretariat of Occupy Chicago
Occupy the Southside hereby makes the following proposal to the General Assembly of Occupy Chicago:
OCCUPY THE SOUTHSIDE PROPOSAL
Occupy the Southside proposes that the Occupy Chicago General Assembly endorse, support, participate in, and help to organize a southside march and speak-out against police violence on January 1, 2012. The march will be held on the anniversary of the murder of Oscar Grant by BART Police officers in Oakland, California. A proposal for a similar march was passed by the Oakland General Assembly.
We whole-heartedly condemn the brutal murder of Oscar Grant that took place on January 1, 2009. But we know that the murder of Oscar Grant was not an isolated incident. Across the country, low-income communities of color face daily harassment by police, often resulting in physical abuse or murder. The Occupy movement has seen firsthand how brutal the police force can be. Over 5,000 people have been arrested for demonstrating their right to peacefully assemble. The videos of police destroying property, firing rubber bullets, pepper spraying at close range, and using violent means to evict the non-violent Occupy movement.
Chicago is ground zero for police misconduct and brutality. In the last five years, 200 people have been shot by CPD, 40% of those shootings have resulted in death. Flint Farmer and Darius Pinex, both young Black men, were both shot by killer cop Gildardo Sierra, who should be put behind bars for murder. Chicago's legacy of police torture, headed up by Commander Jon Burge, terrorized Black and Latino communities in Chicago for over two decades, resulting in many wrongful convictions, including death penalty sentences. In the past two years, there were 111 cases reported of sexual harassment, abuse and rape by Chicago police officers. Of these 111 cases, only two resulted in disciplinary action for the officers involved.
Our movement has to be clear that we will stand against police brutality wherever it rears its ugly head. We stand united with those communities who are most affected by police misconduct and violence. We ask that Occupy Chicago stand with Occupy the Southside as we confront police terror in our community.
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