Victory requires determination. It requires that we tread similar ground time and again, until there is nothing to call us to that field. With the recent deaths of Tyre King, Terence Crutcher, and Keith Scott, many of us feel this cycle has become all too familiar. Yet with every lethal failure of the system, the wounds are fresh and the call to action renewed. We will see an end to this. We will know justice.
This week’s forecast is for all the freedom fighters out there working to end violence and corruption across this country. They are taking hold of the sky to clear a path for a new day, and you might be the extra pair of hands they need.
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All Month Long:
Everywhere: Donate to support organized protests in Charlotte, North Carolina.
We’re all watching Charlotte as the fallout from police killing Keith Lamont Scott unfolds. Amid more violence, growing tensions, and a declared state of emergency, organizers in the area are preparing for the long haul. They're in need of everything from materials to make signs and construct an altar at the site of Scott's murder, to water and medical supplies. Rather than mailing these items, the Southern Vision Alliance has set up a donation page to raise funds for the Charlotte Queer and Trans People of Color Coalition, both of which will support the front lines of organized protests in the city. The coalition is made up of folks from a number of organizations that work on everything from opposing North Carolina's HB2 law to supporting protests at Standing Rock.
There's an assembly calling for justice for Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma; a rally for Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina; and a candlelight vigil for Tyre King in Dallas, Texas.
Saturday, September 24
Charlotte, North Carolina: Rally in the name of Justice for Keith Lamont Scott.
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
1118 Beatties Ford Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28216
There are other ways, aside from donating to the cause, that you can support folks in Charlotte. Black Matters is organizing a rally for Scott, and calling for help with sign/banner making plus any speakers and performing artists who’d like to lend their talents to the event. You can send a message to Black Matters on Facebook if you are interested in volunteering. The rally is free and open to the public.
New York, New York: March, because Terence Crutcher was Killed With His Hands Up (UNARMED).
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
Hoods 4 Justice has been leading emergency actions and rallies in New York City to oppose police brutality and stand in solidarity with Tulsa and Charlotte. This Saturday’s rally is for Crutcher, who was killed by a police officer in Tulsa while unarmed and with his hands in the air. All members and supporters of grassroots movements for black lives are invited to participate. The rally will include a march, so be sure to dress comfortably and stay hydrated. Follow Hoods 4 Justice on Facebook to keep up with the various events they're planning. These displays of solidarity let folks know that others care and demonstrate that police brutality will not be tolerated in any community.
Dallas, Texas: Pay your respects at a Candlelight Vigil for Tyre King and Terence Crutcher.
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
1014 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75202
Some displays of solidarity are more somber than others. Folks in Dallas have been moved by the murder of both Crutcher and 13-year-old Tyre King of Columbus, Ohio, to hold a vigil in remembrance of all the victims of police shootings. If you attend, help out the organizers by bringing some extra candles. All are welcome.
Monday, September 26
Tulsa, Oklahoma: Participate in the Black Lives Matter OK Terence Crutcher Assembly.
Black Lives Matter Oklahoma City is calling for folks in Tulsa to organize around police brutality in the city. Crutcher's murder is the latest in a series of horrific deaths that BLM OKC cites as reasons why folks need to stay vigilant on this issue. As part of this call to action, the organization is planning an assembly to address his death and the systemic problems in Tulsa. Follow BLM OKC on Facebook and Twitter to see exactly when, where, and how they can join in the work for black lives in Tulsa.
Monday, October 24
Charleston, South Carolina: Support families who have lost so much to violence with a Benefit Concert.
On top of grieving, families who have lost loved ones to violence are often left with legal and funeral expenses. In an effort to give those folks some relief, Black Lives Matter Charleston and local magazine Geechee One are teaming up for a benefit concert in October. Right now, they’re looking for performing artists who can lend their talents to this event. Bands, singers, rappers, poets, dancers, and more are invited to light up the stage. Here’s your chance to use your gifts to lift up others. If you want to participate or want more information about the event, email email@example.com. Details about the location and the price of admission are coming soon. Those performing, of course, get to attend for free.
No matter where you are, you can find ways to support communities in struggles for justice. The news of violence against innocent people takes a toll on all of us, so take care of yourself too. You don't have to watch the videos of people dying. If you need to talk to someone, reach out to folks you trust. Don't neglect your basic needs if you’re out there on the front lines, and check in with each other. We will end this violence, but whether that means bringing out the sun or calling down a storm, we need you!