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(en) [BRC-ANN] US Call for a Mass March in CHATTANOOGA,Tennessee

From Lorenzo Ervin <komboa@hotmail.com>
Date Sun, 13 Feb 2000 17:17:39 -0500


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A CALL FOR A MASS MARCH ON CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

This is a call for a mass march on Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Police murders, beatings, corruption, driving while Black
and other racial profiling cases, go on routinely in this
city.

Although police brutality is a national problem, Chattanooga
is a city which has been beset with racist violence and
police brutaltiy for years. Over 35 persons have been 
killed in police custody since 1980, and according to the
Department of Justice's own statistics, hundreds of persons
(mostly racial minorities)  are beaten or subjected to other
acts of brutality by local police departments. In fact, it
is the #7 city with reported police brutality cases, and #1 
in cases of cities with populations of less than 200,000
persons. Yet because of racism and political corruption in
both the state and federal DA's offices, no policeman in
Hamilton County has ever been criminally charged with murder
or excessive use of force.

On the contrary, while the cops have gone free, Black
activists have been railroaded in cases like the Chattanooga
8 case of 1993, when a counter-demonstration in front of the
County Courthouse was broken up and eight of the protesters
were dragged off to jail, and the 1998 protest at City Hall,
where three Black activists were beaten up and dragged off
to jail, when they protested the shootings of two Black men
in late April and early May 1998.

The International Committee to Support the Chattanooga 3,
the Concerned Citizens for Justice, Black Autonomy-COPWATCH,
and other making up the Ad Hoc Coalition Against Racism and
Police Brutality call for a demonstration in Chattanooga on
March 18, 2000. We are planning demonstrations and protests
against police brutality in Chattanooga, part of the
International Day of Action Against Police Brutality (held
March 15th of each year, in 17 countries and 50 cities in
North America). Too many have died, and too many Black
people are still being harassed by the police for us to
remain silent.

WHAT: A march through downtown Chattanooga to protest police
brutality in Chattanooga, the South, and the USA.

WHEN: noontime, March 18, 2000

WHERE: March assembles at Miller Park, downtown Chattanooga,
marches to the County Courthouse for a rally and speeches.

For more information call: 423/622-7614; e-mail at
<Komboa@hotmail.com> or International Committee to 
Support the Chattanooga 3 at <Jonina1@yahoo.com>.

We are asking for all those who believe in justice to stand
with us in Chattanooga. The strength of the racist system
now is that we are isolated, and we need to send a strong
message to the cops and local politicians that we are not
alone. JOIN US ON MARCH 18, 2000 IN CHATTANOOGA!


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