NYC Stands with Charleston: Vigil and Rally

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Please come out in solidarity with the Charleston martyrs and their families, tomorrow evening, Monday, June 22, at 6 pm, at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building plaza at the corner of 125th St. and 7th Avenue in Harlem.

This event, hosted by Millions March NYC, is described on the Facebook event page as follows:

Join us for a vigil and rally in solidarity with Charleston as we mourn the death of the 9 people whose lives were stolen in the vicious hate crime last Wednesday. This action is part of over 20 national events in response to a national call to action.

While the mainstream media and politicians try to portray this terrorist act as an isolated event orchestrated by a lone actor with mental health issues enabled by a lack of gun control laws, we assert that this is again white supremacy at work. Such racist violence is consistent with the history of the US: a country founded on the racist enslavement of blacks and that continues to thrive on anti-black racism.

Not only was the attack on the Emanuel AME Church a continuation of this racist legacy, it was also a calculated backlash against the growing Black Lives Matter movement. But we will not be silenced. Come stand with Charleston and Mother Emanuel AME Church as we assert Black Lives Matter. Stand up, fight back!

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BCJN — please spread the word to friends, neighbors, family. This is a time for people of good faith everywhere to stand up, be counted, and make peaceful, permanent change. To those who are more comfortable sitting on the sidelines, remind them of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words in his 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail to clergy around the United States:

“I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says, ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action;’ who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a ‘more convenient season.’

Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”

For reading on race in America: #Charlestonsyllabus, created by Dr. Chad Williams, Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University.

Surreace Cox, of North Charleston, S.C., holds a sign during a prayer vigil down the street from the Emanuel AME Church early Thursday, June 18, 2015, following a shooting Wednesday night in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Surreace Cox, of North Charleston, S.C., holds a sign during a prayer vigil down the street from the Emanuel AME Church early Thursday, June 18, 2015, following a shooting Wednesday night in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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A founding member of Bronx Climate Justice North.
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