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Stand Up in Mt Greenwood to Racist Mob Threats – Sun Nov 20th

November 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We oppose white supremacy. We will stand up against racist mob threats in Mt Greenwood. Protest 2 pm, Sunday Nov 20 @ 111th & Kedzie

Signatories (list in formation):
Fr. Bob Bossie, SCJ
Rev. Ronna Case, retired
Rev. Jason Coulter, Ravenswood United Church of Christ*
Kevin De Beck Ministerial Intern, Unitarian Church of Evanston*
Airickca Gordon-Taylor, Cousin of Emmett Till
Pastor Gregg L Greer, Freedom First International, SCLC
Tio Hardiman, Violence Interrupters, Inc.
Pat Hill, Director of Chicago Independent Human Rights Council*
Ted Jennings, Chicago Theological Seminary*
Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, Chicago*
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston
Rev. Matthew Ross, Eureka M.B. Church*
Ted Sirota, Drummer
Mark K Smith
Wanda Taylor, mother of Marcus Landrum, killed by police in 2008
Edward Ward
Tracy Washington, mother of Marcus Washington & cousin of Joshua Beal
Dee Williams, Revolution Club, Chicago
(* = organization listed for identification purposes only)
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In the days leading up to the election of Trump, a racist vitriolic mob in the Mt Greenwood neighborhood of Chicago threatened a Black family whose loved one, Joshua Beal, had just been killed by off-duty police during a funeral procession. This grieving family had “Ni**gers Go Home” and “Keep Out of Our Town” screamed at them as they waited at a Burger King for their cars to be released by the police. Then the manager closed the BK early, forcing them outside. In the days after, protestors who went to the scene were met by white mobs of hundreds who DNAinfo described as “demonstrators supporting police.”

Catholic priest Fr. Michael Pfleger participated in the protest on election night. This is his account: “I have just returned from the protest in Mt. Greenwood… I have not seen so many angry White People filled with such Hate since a child in 1966 in Marquette Park .. I was called every name and cursed with every word, by adults and children walking with their parents… an area that is not only white, but heavily Catholic, and will be at church on Sunday… I am embarrassed as a Priest and a Catholic to witness what I witnessed tonight…. Earlier today a man said he wanted to break my legs and drag me from a truck…. ”

Mt Greenwood is an 88% white [2012 census] enclave of police, firefighters, city employees and their families. There were reportedly off-duty cops and many of their family members in these racist crowds who were chanting “CPD, CPD, CPD” and “Blue Lives Matter.”

Some believe it is not a coincidence that this occurred with the rise of Trump and an ugly racist, xenophobic, misogynist, homophobic program being encouraged during this election. Many in the crowd were chanting “Trump, Trump, Trump.”

Joshua Beal’s family and the small group of brave protesters who stood up in the face of this racist mob must be joined by thousands of people of conscience of ALL nationalities, ages and walks of life. White people cannot stand on the sidelines while racist crowds threaten Black people. If you think Black Lives Matter, then what you DO in the face of this matters. Is there risk involved in standing up to this howling mob? Yes, but it is far more dangerous to do nothing, allowing racist mobs to violently threaten Black people and restore white supremacy.

We must come together, resist now and let the whole world know that we will not accept this! Which side are YOU on?

*For identification purposes only

Details

Date:
November 20, 2016
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Organizer

Grant Newburger

Venue

111th & Kedzie, Chicago, IL

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