Sunday October 18 by midnight: $4,000 challenge from physicians:
Confronting the cancer of racism, silence is intolerable if we
wish to remain human. Since the founding of our nation, this malignancy
has been eating away at our pretensions of democracy. The reason for its
persistence is not merely a cultural and social legacy of slavery. It
relates to a system of governance that appropriates wealth to a few
while ignoring the dire needs of the many who produce the wealth. As Dr.
Martin Luther King, in his memorable speech at the Riverside Church in
New York City nearly 40 years ago stated, "The time comes when silence
Bernard Lown, M.D. (winner 1985 Nobel Prize for Peace)
We are physicians who join with Dr. Lown in
this match challenge. With love and solidarity with these Stolen Lives
families who have suffered so much and are so courageous. Rise Up
Rise Up October - STOP Police Terror is
calling people from all walks of life to be in NYC October 22-24.
Families of those whose lives have been stolen by the police have
stepped forward to join this Call.Their powerful stories of what the
system has done to them, and their cries for justice - not just for
their own loved ones, but for what is happening all over this country -
need to be heard right in the heart of New York City.
mother of Anthony Baez, killed by NYPD in 1994, and Margarita Rosario,
whose son Anthony Rosario, and nephew Hilton Vega were killed by NYPD
Match Their Courage
takes real courage to speak out ... when your loved one who has just
been murdered by the police is also being demonized ... when the
authorities and the media spin the narrative in order to justify murder
It takes real courage to stand tall when
how you raised a child or handled a mental illness episode is questioned
as if somehow you were responsible for the police murdering your loved
Joshua Lopez, whose uncle John Collado was killed by NYPD in 2012; Nicholas Heyward Sr, whose son Nicholas Jr was killed by NYPC in 1994; Juanita Young, whose son Malcolm Ferguson was killed by NYPD in 20
It takes real courage to not give up when the police
manufacture evidence, intimidate and arrest witnesses or commit legally
sanctioned murder by repeating the words that they were afraid of your
loved one because of the color of their skin... to not give up when
there is never any justice.
It takes real courage to
speak out when the police literally come to funerals and memorials to
threaten you as you bury your loved one... when the police arrest your
other children, when they can come after your family in a thousand
Yohanna Flores, whose father Ernesto was killed by San Bernardino County CA Sheriffs in 2015
It takes real courage to speak out when doing so
means reliving over and over the awful reality that your loved ones life
was stolen by the police who acted as judge, jury and executioner. When
you have no time to grieve privately ... when you can't sleep at night.
Read their stories...and match their courage
100 donors to make a small sacrifice & donate $100
100 more donors to give $1
See you in the streets October 22-24 to Rise Up Together
Tickets are $140 round trip on a chartered bus. You can buy an individual ticket, blocks of tickets for groups, and you can DONATE to provide tickets for young, unemployed, and low-income people.
you don't have the full amount for a bus ticket now, you can donate $25
now, to reserve a seat on the bus, and pay in full by October 22.
at 3:30 pm on Friday, October 23, at Overflow Coffee Bar, 1550 S.
State, Chicago. Bus leaves at 4:00 pm. Return on Sunday, October 25 at
2:00 pm. Information on buses: call 312-933-9586, email Stop Mass Incarceration Network Chicago or go to the website, to get on the bus and make sure no one is left behind who wants to go!