SUPPORTERS OF A PRO PEACE STATE-
Tomorrows demonstration of solidarity is a necessity and would be a necessity regardless of the verdict. Although we mourn the loss of Michael Brown, as he represents so much biased interpretation that has resulted in the lost lives of many Americans and more specifically African Americans, we must align our methods with our message.
Regardless of the verdict, we should feel inspired to highlight the systemic issues that are the epitome of our grievances. We should always be willing to join in solidarity, as a nation, and rally for justice and peace.
As we know, justice and peace are often times fought for, but as students we also know that the pen is mightier than the sword. Let us find strength in numbers and revolutionary change in the ideas we wish our nations citizens to embody. Let us each be a beacon of direction to the solution and sanctuary of our grounded behavior. Let us be the examples of the peace, justice and truly egalitarian society we wish to live in.
We are emotional but our guile does not only lie in our passion, but also our rhetoric.
I firmly believe our creativity is the best way to convey our exemplary futures. Please be prepared to open your minds to new ideas of how to bridge the gap between governance and community. Please think of the culture you wish to bring to our future and many futures to come.
We are picking up where history has left off and paving a road for many generations beyond ours. We are moving through reality for more than the moment.
I look forward to seeing all of those whom feel you are significant, and you all are. You’re significance is greater than you may ever know, and in numbers we can be a revolutionary force that transcends ideas in a timeless fashion.
The time is now and the fashion is peace. Wear your ideas with pride. Show your community your passion in a peaceful movement.
Sincerely and indelibly so,
Justin Dominic Dixon
Below is the agenda for tomorrows demonstration @ The Claremont Colleges, as well as some inspiring info for how to participate in various ways.
AGENDA FOR DEMONSTRATION:
10:15- Walk out of your classes
10:30- Meet at Honnold Mudd Library
-Go over action plan
-Go over chants
10:50- Walk to Intersection of 6th and Dartmouth
-Block sidewalk so bikes have to slow down and pay attention to us
-Pass out flyers to passerbyers
-Try to recruit people to join us
-Butcher paper art pieces
If there is big motions to walk to the police station after this first action we can do that as well and flesh that out a little bit more tomorrow.
If you are planning on walking out of your classroom we suggest that you gather some people in the class to walk out with you as well. Before you leave say something about why you are leaving. Here is an example of what you could say:
“I am walking out of class right now in resistance to police brutality and the decision made in Ferguson yesterday to not indict Darren Wilson, the policeman who killed Mike Brown. I invite you to join me.”
Please Bring if you can:
Here are really important talking points to go over to get clear about the facts. We will also have these printed and available to you tomorrow.
Here is the list of chants.
Chants For Ferguson March
What do we want? JUSTICE!
When do we want it? NOW
If we don’t get it?! SHUT IT DOWN
Black lives matter! All lives matter!
Who’s streets? Our streets!
No justice! No peace!
No justice! No peace! No racist police!
Indict, convict, send that killer cop to jail!
The whole damn system is guilty as hell!
Hey hey! ho ho!
Killer cops have got to go!
Show me what democracy looks like!
This is what democracy looks like!
Hands up! Don’t shoot!
Back up, back up, we want freedom, freedom! All these racist ass cops we don’t need em, need em!
It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains
The Claremont Courier, The Peel, and The Student Life are all planning on covering the action. Please reach out to any other media that you see fit.
Bring your friends, bring your dog, bring your teachers, bring your staff buddies and just keep talking about it!