Today, the same organizations that joined together to put launch the 2015 Black Friday protest on Chicago’s infamous “Mag Mile” held a demonstration to denounce police terror, as well as Black on Black violence. A brief press conference was held with “The Final Call”, then the freedom fighters traveled from 75th & Dorchester to 79th & Cottage Grove to raise awareness on the UN Conference to be held at Chicago State University on January 24th & 25th. The soldiers also took a firm stance against the ongoing plague of poverty induced violence that has led to 209 people being shot, and 34 of those victims dying from their sustained injuries, in just the first few weeks of the year. The current state of African’s in this country is sickening, but I can personally attest to the fact that immediate economic and social intervention is needed in Chicago. It is this truth that compels me to the front-line of this battle against an ancient and dying machine.
I left the south-side of Chicago for the first time when I went to the United States Navy. It was a huge culture shock for me. This was my first encounter with Europeans besides being victimized, profiled, and discriminated against by the police because my ancestors built pyramids, and lived on a resourced enriched land. When I stepped off the bus I was too shocked to focus on anybody’s behaviors besides my own, but when I was stationed aboard a Naval ship, I got to observe these people closer.
Up to this point, I had only read narratives, and brief descriptions about slavery; but my most accurate briefing came from watching tapes of the television show Roots, that aired in 1977. I wound up traveling through a season in my life in which I was heavily and constantly numbed by alcohol. I reached out to the Navy chaplain, and was receiving assistance. After getting into an alcohol related incident on base where I passed out and stopped breathing, I found myself standing in front of a group of white men in tan uniforms. There was one black man, but he didn’t do any talking; he just stared. For 10 minutes, these Naval chiefs attempted to tear pride and dignity from me through a form of verbal degradation only befitting for an animal. What they didn’t know was that my pride is in my heart, and that can never be taken; it can only be relinquished.
It was this event, along with an overwhelmingly majority of my interactions with these people, that pushed me to make an informed decision not to trust them. I determined, through interaction with a few very great people that were European, that I couldn’t hate them, but I surely knew that I had to protect myself and my family from them by any means necessary. This is what compels me to speak and build rapport with the young African youth in my neighborhood. This is what made me go out to protest after being fired days before Christmas for telling a European at my workplace that I wouldn’t allow anyone from management to confiscate my phone, and what ultimately led me to assisting in this process of hosting this United Nations fact finding mission.
The United Nations has assigned a work group (Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent) to visit Chicago and take testimony on the Human Rights violations against people of African descent in the United States. The mission is to take testimony from civil society, and state and city representatives on the condition and plight of African Americans within the U.S. With the current climate of public disdain towards Chicago’s current Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, Governor Rauner, and the Chicago Police Department, this investigation into the human rights violations that taken place throughout this nation’s history stands to be a monumental milestone in the African fight for fairness within the United States.
The United Nations Conference will be held at the Chicago State University Library Auditorium. On Sunday, the events will take place between the times of 50 pm and 7 pm; the public is urged to arrive early, as seats are claimed on a first come first serve basis. This is a major accomplishment for people of African Descent around the world, and we highly encourage families to come as units, showing a strong engagement and interest in the futures of all of our youth.
Written By: Eugene ‘Geno’ Stanley
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As U.N. Arrives in Chicago, Encampment Project of Tents Rises to Welcome Officials
And to Announce that “Africans Charge Genocide” in America
Encampment Project Will Be in Place during U.N. Visit
in Solidarity with Projects in All Cities Visited by United Nations
What: With the United Nations fact-finding mission about 24 hours away, The Encampment Project is coming to Chicago, endorsed by the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA). This campaign is an important step in the direction of the diplomatic encirclement of the U.S. in its genocidal treatment of African people. Chicagoans of African descent will also testify before the U.N. on this genocidal treatment.
Who: National Coalition of Blacks for Reparation in America endorses the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement’s (InPDUM) Encampment Project. People of African descent and other organizations from around the country, and around the world, have been invited to set up tents.
Why: Almost everyone is aware of the string of murders of African people by the police. Walter Scott in South Carolina, Eric Garner in New York, Sandra Bland in Texas, Freddie Gray in Maryland, Laquan McDonald and Rekia Boyd in Illinois, Oscar Grant III in California, Mike Brown and Cary Ball in Missouri, 7 year old Aiyana Jones in Michigan, 12 year old Tamir Rice in Ohio, and just on Saturday, January 16, 2016, Palm Beach County Florida Sheriff’s deputies murdered a 19 year old African named Henry Thomas Bennett in Belle Glade, Florida. KilledByPolice.net reports that 3,087 Americans were killed by the police between 2013 and 2015 (in 3 years), many being young Black men. Tuskegee University’s Records and Research Division reports that 3,446 Negros were lynched between 1882 and 1968 (in 82 years) by the Ku Klux Klan. Africans Charge Genocide!!!
Where: Chicago State University
9500 South at St. Lawrence
When: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm (Photo opportunities)
To make a public apology, and inquire about how the populous of revolutionary women want to engage in combat.
This letter is directed towards all of the women who served in revolutionary combat on December 19, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois. During the demonstration, there was a lot of emotion and energy in the atmosphere. During one point of the march, we citizens encountered our first standoff against the police state. During that time, it was clear that police had drawn a line in the sand, and for a moment, it appeared as if we were almost ready to cross that line by force and number. During that moment, my instinct told me to order the children and women to the rear ranks. I proceeded to do the same each time confrontation was a possibility.
After the demonstration of power, I agreed to go to the 18th precinct to await the release of the only person to be arrested by the Chicago Police Department (three people received citations). A friend that came with the arrestee approached Ja’Mal Green and I, and told us that his friend was arrested while no one was looking. Ja’Mal then called the precinct, and they confirmed that he was there. A lawyer was dispatched to the jail for him, and his friend and I left to see to the safe release of our comrade.
When we got there I met the most beautiful black queen in uniform. She was very kind and warm; she seemed much more like a friend’s mother than a police officer. A friend’s mother I’d flirt with, might I add. She kept us up to date with his processing, and we had a very funny conversation. During the almost two hour wait, the friend of the arrestee walked to a nearby restaurant to get us some fried jumbo shrimp. He hyped them up to be a bit more than they actually were, but they were good indeed. I was especially thrilled when she announced that he was being released. She was an amazing woman, but not amazing enough to make me want to kick the bobos in the precinct!
On the ride back home, I found myself engaged in conversation with my two brothers of the struggle. We spoke on a wide range of topics, but one stuck with me enough to make me write this blog. The arrested demonstrator brought up the calls for Black men to move to the front ranks of the group; the calls that I initiated. He said that some women might’ve taken that offensive. It might’ve been perceived as a minimization of the capabilities of women in revolutionary combat. He mentioned how women were on the frontlines, and actively engaged in battle in contemporary warfare. I pleaded my case until the moment where we positively agreed to disagree.
I haven’t forgotten that conversation, and I finally mustered the courage to confront this topic. So, to the revolutionary woman, I apologize if I offended any of you. My intensions were to build a protective covering over all women and children. I personally have come to believe that men should be on the frontlines. I no longer want to make offensive statements, so revolutionary woman, what role do you want to play? Is it offensive to want to protect the vessels of human life?
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On December 15, 2015, I attended a public hearing at City Hall in Chicago, along with several of my colleagues, with the purpose of allowing the Fraternal Order of Police president (FOP- Dean Angelo), an Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) representative, and the Chicago Police Superintendent (acting- First Deputy John Escalante), to speak about their handling of the death of Laquan McDonald. They also spoke on their inability, or lack of desire to fix the terrorist practices, and ill dealings within the Chicago Police Department. City Council members seemed to all have wanted to get their paws on FOP President, Dean Angelo. Cook County state’s attorney Anita Alvarez, and current Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel, decided it’d be best to cower from the bubbling ridicule and resentment of the citizens of Chicago.
I sat astounded as I listened to testimony on how the City of Chicago had paid out over $500 Million in settlement money, stemming from complaints on police brutality over the last decade. I was even more confused when I listened to the response from Dean Angelo. He seemed to not care that tax payers were footing the bill for grotesque police misconduct; a half a billion dollar bill at that. When asked by an alderman if he would object to settlements for cases of police brutality being paid out of pension funds, the FOP president declared that he would most certainly be opposed to that idea even being considered. He was also asked if he would object to a tax being imposed on all officers to help mitigate the city’s settlement expenses, and he went down as not being opposed to negotiating that as a possibility.
During what can be described as a blatant slap in the face of the families of those horrifically martyred by Chicago police officers, FOP president Dean Angelo told the audience that no matter what the officer has done, he will defend that officer legally, and work diligently to ensure that the officer doesn’t accrue lost time from work. If the FOP has the primary concern of legal defense for officers, then them being involved in every aspect of officer’s profession is a conflict of interest. I believe the FOP should work as a union, and cover the cost for 3rd party legal teams to defend officers in cases of alleged police brutality. According to Dean, public attention should be concerned with the PTSD the police officer’s suffer after these events. While explaining examples of these cases of PTSD, he mentioned instances that all included officers having to respond to an accident where they saw dead children, and a few instances of adult bodies being discovered. What he didn’t mention was cases where vicious savages with badges murder innocent people, then have a hard time sleeping at night.
When asked about the frequency of use of deadly force in African American neighborhoods, the FOP president told aldermen that CPD only has 760 tasers to share amongst the department. He also testified that only 1 in 5 Chicago police officers are certified to use tasers. What are the rules of engagement, and the rules to the use of deadly force for the CPD? Is deadly force the only option when a police officer interprets that a situation is beginning to escalate? This is a clear depiction of the police state’s value on black life. Injustice seeps from the pores of an organization that is controlled and manipulated by power drunk public officials.
Next, an alderman asked Dean Angelo why he didn’t fire Van Dyke sooner. He replied, once again, that his only priority in any complaint of police misconduct, is defending the officer, and ensuring that he doesn’t incur any lost time on the job. The alderman then asked him if there were any procedures in place that could’ve had ex-officer Van Dyke terminated immediately. He then disclosed that there is a procedure in place, which shocked everyone and caused disapproval by Black Lives Matter protesters observing the address. According to him, IPRA could’ve recommended that the officer be fired. The process would’ve taken 30 days after the Board of Police approved the recommendation. This raises more suspicion about all parties involved in this case.
Chicago is bubbling close to full blown revolution, and there are more people politically involved than ever before in history. Police brutality and terror plague black communities all over the country. Consistent protests have dealt a great blow to business in downtown Chicago since the release of the tape showing the murder of Laquan McDonald. Protesters are calling upon elected officials to take immediate action at resolving this issue of brutality and terror in the Chicago Police Department. They are also calling for the immediate resignation of Rahm Emmanuel, and Anita Alvarez. Why are there only 760 tasers, but over 8,000 officers? Why are good officers afraid to speak out against misconduct by their peers? Should periodic training and certification be beefed up for all officers? The point is to figure out what we can do to totally reform a policing system that is rooted in racist beginnings. Whatever is decided upon as the course of action, it needs to happen NOW, and citizens are demanding that we be involved in decision making processes from now on. Signing off, but never offline!
By: Eugene “Geno” Stanley