Solidarity with Ferguson

Solidarity with Ferguson

October 10th, 2014

To the Sisters & Brothers of Ferguson & St. Louis, MO
To Hands Up United, Organization for Black Struggle, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, and your partners in Ferguson
To all communities struggling against state violence

We appreciate your invitation to march in solidarity together this weekend in protest of the brutal violence on behalf of those entrusted to protect us. Unfortunately, the killing of Michael Brown is not unique. Instead, many communities of color have bore the brunt of a militarized state that consistently protects the few at the expense of the many. As movements across the country have repeatedly said, this is a systemic problem, not an accidental incident. And as systemic ills need holistic and revolutionary cures, we can only begin to respond by acting collectively and resolutely. We respect your dignified struggle to come together and demand justice.

Just two weeks ago, 43 teacher’s school students were disappeared in Ayotzinapa, Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. Although their whereabouts have yet to be confirmed, early indications reveal that local police and organized crime collaborated in torturing and executing these young organizer-educators. This appalling act of state violence is yet another indictment of a system that uses a toxic cocktail of repression and impunity to deal with deep inequality and its discontents.

As the Mexico Solidarity Network, we stand with indignation against attempts to intimidate and incriminate movements organizing for fundamental change. We demand that state agencies and their deputies stop killing our children. Stop disappearing our students. Stop deporting our parents. Stop bombing civilians. Stop deploying your careless, blunt instruments of force against our dignified people.

We are sad that we aren’t able to be and mobilize with you in person this weekend.
Please know that you are in our hearts and that we support your efforts to organize for justice in this moment of tragedy.

In Solidarity,

Mexico Solidarity Network Collective
Albany Park, Chicago, Illinois


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