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Human Rights Rally in Chicago
Opening Speakers - Rally for the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Stacey Davis Gates,Carlos Montes,Monique Sampson,Bernadette Ellorin,Armanda Shakelford,Edwin Cortes,Gay Black Elk,Nazek Sankari,Masai Ehehos,Tyari Heardi
 Dale Lehman/WZRD  Contact Contributor
Dec. 21, 2019, 1:57 p.m.
Human Rights Rally ahead of the refounding conference of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression in Chicago. Angelia Davis keynote address in 2nd part.

Following the welcome by the Vice President of the Chicago Teachers Union, Stacey Davis Gates, speakers include activist, old and new, who continue to engage against repressive authorities and white supremacy for the rights of their own communities as well as those of others; Puerto Rico, Palestine, Native American, Black , Latino and Chicago school children are mentioned. Armanda Schakelford whose son was tortured by John Burge detectives into confessing to a double murder speaks of her and his 28 year campaign to receive justice. His conviction now overturned, he remains incarcerated by a corrupt judicial system that offers him a plea deal but not a bond and the exoneration he is due.

Chicago is the fulcrum of a movement to bring racist policing to heel; to end police impunity and to implement democratic community control; the who, the what and how police interface with people in their communities and to plan for abolition. In Chicago the campaign is called CPAC, Civilian Police Accountability Council. With its roots in 1619 when people transported in chains to labor in the US were organizing to be free of those chains, as their decedents today fight to end
the crimes committed by racist police on themselves and community, in their demand to exercise their democratic right to control over the policing of their communities and an end to police impunity.

The CPAC movement has changed the political landscape in Chicago. Following the last election, 40% of the Chicago City Council support the Ordinance that would implement it.The coalition behind it has won historic gains for survivors of police torture and judicial complicity, both at the city and State level. It forced the system to charge and prosecute the cop who murdered teenager Laquan McDonald in spite of the smears and political bullying of the racist Fraternal Order of Police.

Speakers in this recording represent the 1st half of the program line up. Angelia Davis keynote in 2nd part.
National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

Chicago Teachers Union
Michael Sampson and Jazmine Salas - introductions
Rasmea Odeh's video message was not available to my recording.

National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

Chicago Teachers Union

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