FROM: The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Now that Barack Obama has been reelected President of the United States of America, it is imperative that the racial justice movement hold him and his administration accountable for the extrajudicial killing of Black and oppressed people throughout the country.
The Obama administration must assert its authority over the various law enforcement entities throughout the country and stop the discriminatory policies and programs that demean and endanger Black life like racial profiling, stop and frisk, the war on drugs, and mandatory minimum sentencing that facilitates mass incarceration.
In the first six months of 2012, one Black person every 36 hours was executed in the United States. Since January 1, 2012, police and a much smaller number of security guards and self-appointed vigilantes have murdered at least 140 Black women, men and children.
This epidemic constitutes an egregious human rights crisis that the Federal Government has a fundamental obligation to address. As party to the Convention to Eliminate all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) the United States government has an obligation to protect the lives of racial minorities. The government is also obligated under various civil rights laws and executive orders to protect the lives of African Americans.
Our movements must step up our organizing and action over the course of the next several days, weeks, months and years to ensure that the Obama administration complies with our demands. We call on you to once again join us in raising the basic demands listed below by continuing to call, fax, and email the White House and the Department of Justice and tell them to act now!
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement urges you to demand that the White House and the Department of Justice take the following corrective measures to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of African Americans:
1. A Federal investigation into the civil and human rights violations taking place with the impunity of local police forces throughout the country.
2. A Federal review of the rules of engagement authorizing the use of deadly force being employed by police forces throughout the country.
3. The creation of a Federal database, in line with the 2008 CERD Committee recommendations, that documents cases of extrajudicial killings and acts of police brutality against racial minorities throughout the United States.
4. The issuing of Federal injunctions against those police departments where two or more extrajudicial killings of Black people have occurred over the past nine months.
5. The issuing of Federal consent decrees authorizing the creation of locally elected Police Control Boards in cities and/or counties that demonstrate patterns of systemic racial profiling, brutality, and extrajudicial killing.
6. The creation of a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice to eliminate institutional racism and its expressions in racial profiling, police brutality, extrajudicial killing, mass incarceration and discrimination in housing, educational access, health care, employment, banking and credit markets.
Please call or email the White House and the Department of Justice at the addresses provided below and make your voice heard.
202.456.1111 Comment Line
202.456.2461 Fax Number
To email the White House use the following link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments
Department of Justice (DOJ)
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Comment below is from Kiana, Artrell Dickerson’s friend, who saw cop Kata-Ante Taylor execute him next to the Cantrell Funeral Home after Artrell’s friend’s funeral:
I WAS THERE . I WAS NO MORE THAN 10 FEET AWAY. I SPENT ARTRELL’S LAST DAY, LAST HOUR, LAST MOMENT WITH HIM. I KNEW ARTRELL ALMOST HIS WHOLE LIFE. HE WAS SWEET, LOVING AND CARING. HE DID WHAT EVER HE COULD DO FOR ANYONE. I WATCHED MR. TAYLOR SHOOT HIM IN HIS BACK AND BECAUSE HE IS A COP HE GOT AWAY WITH MURDER. MY FRIEND NEVER GOT A CHANCE TO EVEN HAVE A CHILD. HIS LIFE WAS CUT DOWN BY A TRIGGER HAPPY COP. I JUST FOUND OUT HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE AIYANA JONES THING AND MR. TAYLOR IS STILL A COP WHILE AN 18 AND 7 YEAR OLD ARE GONE. I STILL CRY EVERY DAY FOR MY FRIEND I STILL HAVE NIGHTMARES ABOUT MY FRIEND AND ITS BEEN ALMOST 6 YEARS. IN SEPTEMBER HE WOULD HAVE BEEN 23. I WONDER IF MR. TAYLOR KNOWS HOW HIS ACTIONS HAVE AFFECTED OTHER PEOPLE.