WE WANT AN END TO ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AND THE FULL RECOGNITION OF OUR HUMAN RIGHTS
The United States Government must acknowledge and address the structural violence and institutional discrimination that continues to imprison our communities either in a life of poverty and/or one behind bars. We want the United States Government to recognize the full spectrum of our human rights and its obligations under international law.
WE WANT AN IMMEDIATE END TO POLICE BRUTALITY AND THE MURDER OF BLACK, BROWN AND ALL OPPRESSED PEOPLE
Every 28 hours a black person in the United States is killed by someone employed by or protected by the government of the United States. Other communities of color and the poor are also criminalized, targeted, attacked and brutalized. We want an immediate end to state sanctioned violence against our communities.
WE WANT FULL EMPLOYMENT FOR OUR PEOPLE
Every individual has the human right to full employment and a living wage. Inability to access employment and fair pay continues to marginalize our communities, ready us for imprisonment and deny us of our right to a life with dignity.
WE WANT DECENT HOUSING FIT FOR THE SHELTER OF HUMAN BEINGS
Our communities have a human right to access quality, affordable housing that protects our families and allows for our children to be free from harm.
WE WANT AN END TO THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE & QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL
We want an end to policies that criminalize our young people as well as discriminatory discipline practices that bar access to quality education. Furthermore, we want all children to be able to access free, quality education, including free or affordable public university.
WE WANT FREEDOM FROM MASS INCARCERATION AND AN END TO THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
We want an end to the over policing and surveillance of our communities. This will hasten an end to the criminalization of black and brown people and hyper incarceration everywhere. Policing in the United States has historically served to enforce racist laws, policies and norms. The result is a massive prison industrial complex built on the warehousing of black people. We call for the cessation of mass incarceration and the eradication of the prison industrial complex altogether. In its place we will address harm and conflict in our communities through community based, restorative solutions.
WE WANT IMMEDIATE AMNESTY AND RELEASE FOR ALL U.S. POLITICAL PRISONERS AND VICTIMS OF COINTELPRO
Hundreds of men and women have been behind bars – some for more than forty years, specific targets of state repression based solely on their political beliefs. Most recently, they have been charged with things like “conspiracy” and “terrorism” for exercising First Amendment rights to dissent. We demand that these victims be given amnesty and freed immediately.
*Vision adopted from Ferguson Action.