What it is – Why it’s necessary
Rise Up October!
Carl Dix and Cornel West initiated the Stop Mass Incarceration
Network in 2011.
Now they are calling on people in their thousands to
come to New York City October 22, 23, 24 to Stop
Police Murder and Terror!
In 2015 nearly 2.5 million people
are locked up in U.S. prisons.
• That is 25% of all people imprisoned in the world!
60% of those prisoners are Black and Latino,
among them, hundreds of thousands of women.
Growth of the prison population
• From 300,000 in the 1970s
– it’s about 1000% higher
• The numbers of women in
prison have increased
800% in the past 30 years.
• Along with this the
epidemic of police
brutality and murder.
• This is the criminalization
2.5 million in prison + 7.0 million
on probation or parole + millions
of families members =
The outrageous math of
32% of Black men 20 to 29 years
old are in prison, on parole or on
probation on any given day!
Millions of immigrants have been detained and
deported – including young children
Black and Latino youth of
this country have a target
on their backs.
Mass incarceration, police terror,
criminalization = a slow genocide.
Stolen Lives – 1000s killed by police
The struggle of
Black people for
Civil Rights and
liberation in the
Awoke the country,
especially the youth and
put resistance and
revolution in the hearts
It was the catalyst for powerful
movements of . . .
Students and Veterans
The response of the Nixon regime was to find a way to
crush the resistance of the Black community without
appearing too obvious about it. Thus began
the “war on drugs” . . .
Under Reagan the “War on Drugs”
was fully implemented. Mass
incarceration did not arise from an
epidemic of crime – it has grown
beside the militarization of police and
the criminalization of whole peoples.
In the 1980s and
1990s factories in
the U.S. were shut
to other, low wage
of people in the
inner city were left
with no jobs, no
future except . . .
• What we now know as the
New Jim Crow:
• Mass incarceration
• Police terror
School cutbacks, privatization of education, children
treated as criminals – even tried in adult courts =
school as a pipeline to prison.
The construction of
super max prisons, the
Housing Units (SHU) and
long periods of solitary
10s of thousands of U.S.
prisoners are kept,
sometimes for years, in
conditions the United
Nations describes as
Immigration detention in
the U.S. has grown fast. In
2011, the Department of
Homeland Security held
429,000 immigrants in
over 250 facilities across
Obama has earned the title
deported 2 million
children from Central
America put on a fast track
Militarization: Police & the Border
Border Patrol agents have
increased in number from
9,800 in 2001 to 21,400 in
In 2014 the United States army
gave away 13,000 armored
trucks to the Department of
Homeland Security which then
gave them to local police forces
across the U.S.
• Many of the conditions for genocide –
isolation & demonization of certain groups,
brutality & criminalization & massive
incarceration – already exist.
• Genocide does not require a master plan but
a build up of oppression and brutality that
• A slow Genocide could become a fast one.
• The slide toward such horrors must be
stopped with RESISTANCE!
• Two major hunger
strikes in 2011 and
2013 led by
prisoners in the
Special Housing Unit
at Pelican Bay prison
in California were
joined by more than
around the state and
• Powerful protests to STOP “Stop & Frisk”
mobilized thousands in New York, forcing the
government to take a step back. RESISTANCE!
Important outbreaks of struggle in
the wake of the murders of Oscar
Grant in Oakland, Trayvon Martin in
Florida and Andy Lopez in Santa
Struggles have broken out in response to the
police murders of ---
Eric Garner, New York
Alejandro Nieto, Amilcar Lopez San Francisco
Omar Obrego, Los Angeles
Ezell Ford, Los Angeles
Carlos Mejia, Omar Hernandez, Salinas, Calif.
Yanira Serrano, Half Moon Bay, California
James Boyd, Albuquerque, New Mexico
John Crawford III, Beavercreek, Ohio
And many more police murders across the
country – RESISTANCE!
Took Resistance to a new level.
Justice for Michael Brown!
The defiant ones of Ferguson woke the country.
Thousands took to the
streets to stop the
murder of Black and
Brown people at the
hands of the police
But the horrors have not ended
And our people are still being murdered:
Tamir Rice (12) Cleveland
John Crawford III (25) Dayton
Camaron Tillman (14) Louisiana
Laquan McDonald (17) Chicago
Carey Smith-Viramontes (18) Long Beach
Jeffrey Holden (18) Kansas City
Miguel Benton (19) Georgia
Levi Weaver (18) Georgia
Karen Cifuentes (19) Oklahoma
Sergio Ramos (18) Dallas
Rashad McIntosh (19) Chicago
Diana Showman (19) San Jose
Dillan McGrae (18) Jackson, Tennessee
Antonio Zambrano Montes (35) Pasco, Washington
AND MANY, MANY MORE since Ferguson . . .
Montes, a farmworker
in Pasco, Washington
executed by three
police on February 10,
Like people pictured here: a few of the 875
men and women killed by police in the first 9
months of 2015!!
Instead, the response from the halls of power has
been to criminalize protests as a form of
Black Lives Matter Labeled A
Terrorist Group By Fox News
Despite the continuing murders very few police
are put on trial, let alone convicted!
We are now at a crossroads . . .
Which way will we go?
Or take the struggle to a
Passivity in the face of
more brutality and murder?
Help Bring 100 Families of loved ones lost to police murder to New York.
Contribute now to send 100 families to New York for Rise Up October.
Which side are you on?
There can be no business as usual when people are
being brutalized, murdered, incarcerated and
Links to STOP MASS INCARCERATION materials
Alice Walker’s poem “Gather”
Alice Walker's Garden
Revolution newspaper Website
Rise Up October! Website