SATURDAY: C-ville March Against Racist Police Violence

August 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment · By

Hey all,

Sorry for the paucity of posts: I’m getting ready to leave Charlottesville for a bit starting in September and Amanda Laskey is headed to Brooklyn very soon. Hence the slowdown in calendar updates and posts. But want to do as much as I can before then!

First, Julia Kudravetz tipped me off to this interview, conducted by Aaron Margosis (longtime WTJU DJ under the alias The Eclectic Baboon) with Ian MacKaye¬†(Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Fugazi, Dischord Records) for the Rock Marathon in April. I think because of the WTJU.net new rollout, some hosted content has been dropped, so WAMU in D.C. has re-uploaded it to their website. MacKaye is an incredible example of how to try to live a good life. He also makes the awesome statement that Margosis was “the first person to ever play Dischord Records on the radio ever,” on WTJU!

Second, I got an e-mail from Brandon Collins (one-half of BC) concerning a march planned on Saturday. Details snipped from his e-mail below:

 

Hello friends! As most of you know the critical problems of institutional and systemic racism, police brutality, mass incarceration, police militarization, human rights violations, economic inequality, and lack of justice for people of color have come to a head in Ferguson, Missouri.

Organizers in Charlottesville have organized a march and demonstration this Saturday to show solidarity with the people of Ferguson and to call attention to our own local problems regarding police racism, state violence, mass incarceration and Charlottesville’s racist history.

Police or vigilantes shoot and kill a black man somewhere in this country every 28 hours. Stand together with the people in Ferguson, in Charlottesville, and all across the country and resist racist police violence, lack of police accountability and militarization of police forces.

Saturday 8/23

4:00pm – Silent Vigil at Federal Building intersection of Ridge and Main

4:30pm – March through Downtown Mall from Federal Building to Free Speech Wall and back to police station

5:00pm – Rally at Police Station 606 East Market Street

7pm– Tarima Abierta (Open Stage) Free open mic with special guests. Also, space will be provided for post march processing if needed. Contact mantishouse302 <at sign> gmail <period> com for directions of more information about the open mic.

Dress in all black in solidarity with those in rebellion in Ferguson, MO

NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE, NO RACIST POLICE!

 

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  • 1 My terrible comment // Aug 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Re: police racism. One problem is that in some cities you can flip off the police and they don’t care, or don’t do anything about it. It’s a sort of casual scoffing thing that people do. A few years ago I watched what happens in Cville. The cops went ballistic on this young couple downtown, inter-racial, prosperous looking UVa students. They were initially dumbfounded then terrified.

    Another problem is that cops are not tested for steroids and the resulting roid-rage.