Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Come to the Funeral of Sandra Bland, Saturday July 25

We Need Revolution
Nothing Less

Sandra Bland's funeral is being held on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in Lisle, IL.  The wake is at 9am, services following at 11am.

This should be the biggest funeral since Emmitt Till's in Chicago almost 60 years ago, after his murder by white racists in Mississippi.  

By being there, you are extending condolences to Sandra's family and friends for their loss. 
By being there, you are standing against this egregious killing at the hands of the police. 
By being there, you are saying we refuse to live in a society that does this to African Americans. 

Gather your friends and attend together.  Cars leaving from Revolution Books, 1103 N. Ashland Ave. at 8am on Saturday.   Call 773- 489-0930 to join us.

Sandra Bland was a young Black woman full of life who had her whole life ahead of her. She was driving in Texas in the middle of the day on her way to start a new job at Prairie A&M, the university where she had recently graduated. Then out of nowhere, she was pulled over on July 10, for failing to signal a lane change.  Bullied and then dragged out of her car, a Texas trooper threatened her with a taser, "I will light you up." Sandra was slammed to the ground, brutalized, and arrested. And the whole world can see this on video.    

Here is the truth.  Sandra Bland was alive, well, happy and vibrant when the police stopped her and started brutalizing and abusing her. Then she was found dead in a Waller County jail cell three days later, just hours before she was to be bailed out.  The authorities have no good explanation. 
She never should have been stopped or arrested in the first place!!

This Texas pig was enforcing the rules of a system that puts no value on the lives of Black people and Black women in particular and that reacts with particular vengeance and violence on those like Sandra who refuse to "know their place" as this system defines it.

This is also a profound truth:  The blood of Sandra Bland is on the hands of the police and jail authorities - ENFORCERS OF THIS SYSTEM and those they actually "serve and protect" -- the rulers of this system.

Since the killing of Sandra Bland, police have killed approximately 1 person every 5 hours in this country.  This is a nationwide epidemic of police terror and murder.

We need to urgently act to stop this police terror.  We are actively building for the national  October 24, 2015 protest in NYC, Rise Up October to stop police terror that has been called by Stop Mass Incarceration Network. And those of us who are revolutionaries are urgently getting people organized for an actual revolution, which is what it will take to finally and fully uproot the centuries of oppression of Black people have faced, along with all the other crimes committed by this system here and around the world.  You need to get with this revolution and learn about it -- why it's necessary, why it's possible and what it is all about.  You need to know there is a leader, Bob Avakian, who has done the work on how we can bring into being a radically different and better world.  Go to to learn more.
--Revolutionary Communist Party, Chicago branch
There is the potential for something of unprecedented beauty to arise out of unspeakable ugliness: Black people playing a crucial role in putting an end, at long last, to this system which has, for so long, not just exploited but dehumanized, terrorized and tormented them in a thousand ways-putting an end to this in the only way it can be done-by fighting to emancipate humanity, to put an end to the long night in which human society has been divided into masters and slaves, and the masses of humanity have been lashed, beaten, raped, slaughtered, shackled and shrouded in ignorance and misery. 

Bob Avakian, Chairman, Revolutionary Communist Party USA

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