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October Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration

Aug. 2 Launch Meeting for October Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration

(8/1/14)

Received from Stop Mass Incarceration Network - SoCal:
Saturday, August 2, 2014
12:00 noon 4pm
Launch Meeting! - October Month Of Resistance To
Mass Incarceration, Police Terror,
Repression And The Criminalization Of A Generation!
United University Church
817 W 34th St, Los Angeles, CA 90089
(On the corner of Jefferson and Hoover on USC Campus)
 
Southern Cal LAUNCH MEETING! To all those who have already been part of organizing for the Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration and all those who want to find out about it and get involved: 

Just in the past few weeks we have witnessed:
 
1000's of children being driven across the border by US devastation of their homelands and then finding themselves caught between Homeland Security rounds-ups and flag-waving racists...
 
The District Attorney in Santa Rosa, California refusing to charge the cop who murdered 13-year old Andy Lopez...
 
2 videos that went viral showing cops brutally and unjustly beating Black women...
 
All these and more outrages only serve to underscore more than ever that we need to unleash powerful outpourings of resistance in October 2014 - as envisioned in the Call for a Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation (www.stopmassinceration.net) that was adopted at the meeting convened in New York in April 2014.
 
Already those of us who have been working very hard to realize this vision have accomplished important steps: the Call has been taken out all over the country and new forces continue to sign on and lend their voices to it; plans are being made in many cities for protests and different ways of expressing their outrage and determination to put an end to mass incarceration; clergy and lay people have been active taking the Call to many other religious institutions to play a role in October. But now we need to take things to a much higher level to succeed in making October 2014 a month that marks "the beginning of the end for mass incarceration in the US." These meetings, to be held in as many U.S. cities as possible, are the key link in doing that. Already, hundreds have participated in October 2014 kick off meetings in such cities as Dayton, Ohio and Dallas, TX.
 
Who needs to be at this meeting? Everyone who has already signed up to be part of these efforts... those whose lives are most directly affected... students, the concerned religious community, prominent voices of conscience... all kinds of organizations who are outraged about the fact that so many people have been criminalized and locked up... and many others who are just learning about this and don't want to live in a country where millions are being treated this way. While there are different understandings of why this is happening and what should be done about it, we need to unite all those who agree that this must end to act together in October 2014. At this meeting we should hear from many voices who c an bring to life what it means that this country has millions locked up in its jails, prisons, and detention centers; how people's lives are being destroyed by police terror; and how whole sections of young people are being treated as suspects and targets to be killed or locked up. And we should hear from others who find this outrageous and want it to end! We will concretize plans for a big demonstration in Los Angeles on October 22, with cities all across the country, as one part of a making October as powerful as possible. And chart out how on college campuses, in the faith community, in the neighborhoods, in the culture and art scene, October must be a month that makes clear thousands and thousands are willing to stand up and speak out today to awaken and rally forth millions. We should invite one and all via email, Twitter, phone calls, Internet postings, ads and PSA'S. This meeting needs to get everyone's ideas on how to make October a powerful Month of Resistance in a way that the whole country has to know about, and get people organized to do that.
 
Meeting Hosted by Stop Mass Incarceration Network  
and USC United University Church
 
Some of the ways that you can be part of the movement for revolution this week:

July 26, Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm
Monthly yard sale (rescheduled) to raise funds for Revolution Books. Volunteers and yard sale items needed. Contact us to sign up for a shift.

July 27, Sunday, 10 am
- Join a team at the Hollywood Farmers Market to reach out with Revolutionnewspaper and to introduce people to the bookstore. Meet at Revolution Books at 9 am or at the crossroad of the Farmers Market (Ivar & Selma) at 10 am.
- Or join a team going to talk to families of prisoners at the LA County Jailfrom 12 noon to 2 pm. Meet at Revolution Books at 11 am or meet at Vignes and Bauchet Street at the jail at 12 noon. Call 213.304-9864 for more info.
Central Avenue Jazz Festival. Contact Revolution Books for booth details.

July 29, Tuesday, 7 pm
Revolution Books volunteer meeting. As the world burns in more ways than one, join the fight to save and grow this bookstore as the center for fighting the power, and transforming the people, for revolution!

July 30, Wednesday, 5 pm
Viewing of first Abortion Rights Freedom Ride live webcast from Texas. Followed by meeting to further plan the upcoming Break ALL the Chains celebration. For more info:(213) 304-9864 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

August 1, Friday, 8 pm
Group excursion to see The Brothers Size at the Fountain Theatre. Fundraiser for Revolution Books. Contact the bookstore for tickets.

August 2, Saturday, 12 - 4 pm
Launch Meeting for the October Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration
United University Church, 817 W. 34th St., LA (Jefferson & Hoover on USC Campus). 213-840-5348 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

August 2, Saturday, 1 pm
Stop the U.S.-Backed Israeli Massacre in Gaza! Westwood Federal Building, 11000 Wilshire Blvd., between Westwood Blvd. and the 405 Freeway. 

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