CHICAGOâ€”(ENEWSPF)â€”March 7, 2017. On February 9th, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that declares war on protest and dissent. Under the title, “Preventing Violence Against … Law Enforcement Officers,” Trump is letting out the leash for his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, to attack anyone that protests against police crimes; stands up to raids and deportations by ICE; raises their voices at airports against customs officials detaining immigrants from Muslim countries; or places their bodies in the way of sheriffs to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
A protest to defend the right to demonstrate and oppose Trump’s racist Executive Order on policing will take place on Tuesday, March 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.Â at theÂ Federal Plaza located at Dearborn & Adams in downtown Chicago. Join Police crime survivors and families, community members, along with groups, churches and organizations including; Black Lives Matter – Chicago; Trinity United Church of Christ; Arab American Action Network; U.S. Palestinian Community Network; Black Lives Matter Women of Faith: American Indian Center; AnakBayan – Patriotic Filipino Youth; National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON); Trans Liberation Collective and defend the right to protest.
Jeff Sessions was exposed during confirmation proceedings for his racist actions and beliefs. As head of the Dept. of Justice (DOJ), Sessions is the chief law enforcement officer in the U.S. But this is a man opposed to the Voting Rights Act, as well as legislation protecting LGBTQ people and undocumented workers. With free rein from Trump’s recent executive order, we can expect Sessions to execute this new edict in the most racist unconstitutional and oppressive manner, to unleash even more state violence against dissent, and to criminalize the Black Lives Matter movement, the Indigenous Peoples’ movement at Standing Rock, the struggle for Immigrant rights and all progressive people’s movements.
The president is whipping up his base with his speeches about the rise in murders of cops; the rate of violent crimes, especially crimes by undocumented immigrants; and incidents of terrorism by Muslims. All of these are lies, but his calls for law and order are a dog whistle to go after all his targets. The truth is that the statistic that is out of control is police brutality and murders of Black, Chicano and Latino youth, and Native people.
Racist and Political Repression must be met by our Resistance. Fortunately, there is already a powerful movement in the streets – and the airports – of Chicago, standing up to the assaults coming from Trump’s White House. The anti-Trump protesters stand on the shoulders of the movement against police crimes, against Rahm and Rauner we have been building in communities for years.
Last year, the movement in Chicago had compelled the DOJ to come here and investigate the Chicago Police Department. The DOJ report established an arsenal of facts proving CPD, the Mayor’s office, and City Hall as well to be racist, corrupt, and unwilling to hold the police accountable when they murder and brutalize the Black and Latino communities.
Attorney General Sessions will deep-six the report including the 90 some cases of police crimes filed in the federal complaint brought by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. Sessions will remove the slight brake on police crimes generated by Consent Decrees. Holding police accountable in Chicago will only be accomplished by community control.
We defend the right to protest!
We say no to the Executive Order on Policing!
We demand enforcement of the Voting Rights Act!
We demand prosecution of the criminal cops in Chicago!
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