15 Now MN Solidarity with #Justice4Jamar – No Police Repression

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Solidarity Statement from 15 Now MN

15 Now stands with #Justice4Jamar #4thPrecinctShutDown demands:

  • Release the Tapes
  • No to the Grand Jury! Less than 2% of grand jury trials of police killings result in criminal charges.
  • That the U.S. Department of Justice investigate the homicide as well as police abuses against peaceful protestors at the 4th Precinct.

    Along with the demand for:
  • Real policies to close the racial equity gaps in Minneapolis

15 Now stands for a united struggle against racism, calling on all working people in the struggle for $15 and workers’ rights, and the wider labor movement, to stand in solidarity with #Justice4Jamar. We urge all our supporters to join the demonstrations.

Police forcibly evicted the protest encampment around the 4th Precinct at 4:00 AM on December 3rd, dismantling what had become a symbolic center of community and resistance since Jamar Clark was killed on November 15th.

The eviction comes three days after a press conference calling for the end of the encampment was held by Mayor Hodges and featured Congressman Keith Ellison, City Council members Blong Yang and Barb Johnson, and several establishment leaders from the Northside community. In light of this morning’s eviction, the Mayor’s press conference was designed to provide political cover for police repression against the #4thPrecinctShutDown peaceful demonstration. It once again showed city official’s lack of political leadership on behalf of Northside communities seeking justice and racial equity.

Mayor Hodges was elected pledging to prioritize racial equity, but in two years she has failed to fight for any substantial reforms. Alongside Barb Johnson’s majority on City Council, Mayor Hodges has opposed calls for a $15/hour minimum wage, backed away from support for fair scheduling, and offered no leadership for paid sick days or preventing wage theft.

Whatever the intentions of elected officials at the Mayor’s press conference, their statements served to irresponsibly divide neighbors from standing together. They attempted to drive a wedge between the brave young Black Lives Matter activists and the Northside community, at a time when a united program for racial, economic and social equality is needed. We must be clear: allowing threats of racist terror and police repression to stand will only encourage more repression and racist attacks, and doing so flies in the face of politicians’ calls for racial equity in our city.

15 Now urges community and labor groups to use our resources and strength to defend the demands of #Justice4Jamar, as the movement will undoubtedly continue. No workers in this city benefit from police repression and racist violence. Minneapolis is a divided city where working people struggle to survive. Racial equity gaps in Minnesota– demonstrably some of the worst in the nation – mean that communities of color are hardest hit by poverty, unemployment, housing insecurity, and cuts to education. Black communities make up less than 6% of the population in Minnesota, yet 35% of the prison system.

15 Now stands with #Justice4Jamar #4thPrecinctShutDown demands:

  • Release the Tapes
  • No to the Grand Jury! Less than 2% of grand jury trials of police killings result in criminal charges.
  • That the U.S. Department of Justice investigate the homicide as well as police abuses against peaceful protestors at the 4th Precinct.

    Along with the demand for:
  • Real policies to close the racial equity gaps in Minneapolis

15 Now stands for a united struggle against racism, calling on all working people in the struggle for $15 and workers’ rights, and the wider labor movement, to stand in solidarity with #Justice4Jamar. We urge all our supporters to join the demonstrations.

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