Every Thursday: Frank Rizzo Down

FrankRizzoDown

Every Thursday at 4 to 6pm On 15th and JFK in front of the municipal building, The Philly Coalition will be petitioning to remove the Frank Rizzo statue and to end stop and frisk. All support is welcome. For more information, the coalition can be contacted directly at PhillyRealJustice@gmail.com

Philadelphia Police Department’s pervasive use of racial profiling, stop and frisk and recently, endorsement of Donald Trump is ridiculous. It ‘s proof that Frank Rizzo’s racist, homophobic brutal police culture is still alive and well. We must force the Mayor and city council to address that police do not represent the interests of the people in Philadelphia. They worship a tyrant that humiliated, harassed and brutalized black community members, activists and students. Investing millions into policing while leaving our inner city schools in shambles still plagues black and brown communities. We were left with a school district crisis. The removal of the Christopher Columbus statue in Argentina and the Cecil Rhodes statue in Cape Town is a testament to the path of restorative justice. Replacing the statue is the first step in having this city acknowledge it’s terror against Philadelphia community members and finally opening up a transparent dialogue.

Every Thursday at 15th and JFK: End Stop and Frisk

EndstopandFrisk

Philly REAL Justice Coalition will be in front of the Municipal building every Thursday at 4:00pm as part of the campaign to remove the Frank Rizzo Statue and ending Stop and Frisk among other discriminatory police practices.

The issues around U.S. corrupt policing is highlighted by the epidemic of racially charged stop and frisk procedures. Philadelphia residents of color have suffered some of the most blatant rejection of constitutional rights by violent and discriminatory policing. An overwhelming amount of stop and frisk incidents have been found to be done without valid reason and often end in meaningless arrests or at worst, violence. Mayor Jim Kenney, who garnered many votes as a result of his platform to end stop and frisk is in no rush to implement this promise and must be held accountable.
 

Photos from Black Resistance March

Album by Joe Piette

Album by Joe Piette

A march filled with anguish, pain, anger was also filled with spirit, energy, solidarity and hope for community empowerment. As a multifaceted call for self determination, the masses demanded black community control of police, an end to stop and frisk, ending U.S exploitation and occupation of Haiti, Puerto Rico, Palestine etc. and a divestment from the democratic party until black lives are prioritized both here and abroad.