To all the justice minded people of Buffalo,
This past weekend we were all witness to two lynching. The lynchings were of young Trayvon Martin and of the fantasy of fairness in America. Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman and that fantasy was killed with the non-guilty verdict which was announced Saturday night. Unfortunately no matter what we or other may want to do to Zimmerman none of those things will bring back Trayvon. On the other hand the fantasy of fairness, which barely had life before the trial, can become a reality in this nation…if we are willing to put in the work.
Here is America today. It is a racist, sexist nation that has proven to us that even in the most innocent circumstances that black life is not worth anything to it. Everyday nationwide people of color, especially black people, face the brutality of the police, an entity which was birthed out of the slave catching brigades. The courts which in the past decided that we were not human, has done nothing to punish those police who decide to take our lives. We are on our own. There will be no backup for neither Africans nor other oppressed people in America. If we are going to make sure that we don’t repeat 2012, where 313 black people were killed by cops, we need organization and unity not unlike what our oppressors have.
Fight the Power is calling on all progressive forces and people to join us in creating a united front against all forms of racist violence as well as the internal violence that prevents us from reaching our full potential. The reason we call for a united front is simply that in order for us to defend ourselves against a highly organized and violent institution we need to bring as many forces to bear as we possibly can. Put simply if we do not unite we will continue to see the slaughter of young people of color, LGBT’s, poor people, and women by the police. Buffalo in particular has a very long history of police brutality and racist violence and now is the time to stand against it.
We are inviting every interested individual and organization to join us this Friday, July 19th at 6pm in 2 Diefendorf Hall at UB South Campus. Here we will present our ideas on what we are tentatively calling the Buffalo Self-Defense Alliance will look like, the goals of such an alliance, and how we propose we go forward in building it. If you would like more information about the event or the initiative please contact me at the information below. Let’s stand united against racism, repression, and violence because as Fredrick Douglass said many years ago:
“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
-William Richardson, PR and Membership Representative of Fight the Power
Fight the Power is a Pan-African and Black Feminist organization based in Buffalo, NY which works for the unity of African people against capitalism, racism, patriarchy, and imperialism