Black Coalition Rally and March on the White House begins at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park on Saturday


From a Press Release:

“The police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th has propelled the issue of police violence against the black community to new heights.

On November 1st and 2nd, the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations (BIBC) will emphasize the largely unreported cases of Africans who have fallen victim to police violence and murder by police throughout the U.S.

Starting at noon at Malcolm X Park the rally will feature a broad range of speakers that will include former NY City Councilman Charles Barron, Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report, Pam Africa from the MOVE organization and Friends and Family of the imprisoned Mumia Abu Jamal and Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African Socialist International and the Coalition itself.

The rally will end at 3 p.m. when the protest march on the White House will begin, the 5th such march since the 2009 founding of the Coalition, which had as a major aim the exposure of the Obama presidency as hostile to world peace and the interests of black and oppressed peoples within the U.S. and throughout the world.

Coalition leaders are calling on black people from throughout the U.S. to march with placards with the names and pictures of family members and friends who have suffered brutality and murder at the hands of the police

On November 2nd the Coalition will conduct a “teach-in” at Howard University, Blackburn Center beginning at 11 a.m. Presenters will discuss U.S. escalation of the wars in the Middle East as well as U.S. complicity in the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza Strip.

Other discussions will expose the Ebola scare in West Africa as continuation of U.S. and European war against Africa.

An important part of the teach-in agenda will deal with the mass incarceration of African people within the U.S. and the police murder and violence against black people that was brought to public attention with the murder of Mike Brown.

The police murder of Brown resulted in inspirational mass resistance by the people that defied police repression and attempts by some middle class African leaders who would sacrifice justice in the name of peace.

The theme for the entire two-day event is “Peace through revolution.” It is a theme that organizers feel necessary to direct attention to the fact that the attacks on world peace are a normal feature of the U.S. capitalist system that has its origins in the enslavement of African people and the land theft of the native people who suffered near-genocide in the “founding” of the U.S.”

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  • Why the use of Africans and not African Americans? This is confusing. Sounds like another rally which will accomplish nothing. Mike Brown was killed because….Ebola and Palestine. One cause at a time people.

    • That’s some code right there to tip you off that this is being organized by some crazy fringe group who probably has some very twisted, angry, hateful ideas about certain things.

      • Why would using the term “African” be “code” for ” some very twisted, angry, hateful ideas about certain things”? That sounds blatantly racist. “African” is a descriptor, not a “code word.” WTF?

  • To proclaim “peace through revolution” you use a picture of a guy hurling a Molotov cocktail!? Good job being what everyone expects you to be, and good luck with your futility.

    • An unfortunate similarity, for sure, but I think it’s referring to the bottle of beer that he allegedly stole, along with a box of cigars, from a convenience store.

      • It’s totally a Molotov cocktail dude.

        • Yeah. How could anyone *not* think it’s a molotov cocktail? Yowza.

          Me? I prefer a Rusty Nail or a Sazerac as my drink-of-choice when getting my riot on.

      • First of all, its going off an image from the actual Ferguson protests — the one where a protester wearing an American flag picked up a tear gas canister and threw it back to the police officers who threw it.

        Second of all, that image is definitely a molotov cocktail.

        And last of all, yes it is seriously dumb to hold a “peace through revolution” rally and have your main flyer advertising it be of a guy throwing a molotov cocktail.

        • They don’t say revolution through peace, they say peace through revolution. I don’t agree with the message, but it isn’t inconsistent.

        • Um, Molotov cocktails have been thrown in several revolutions.

          And seeking peace through revolution is probably the same mindset as the military types who believe in peace through strength. You think everyone in the Pentagon is a pacifist? LOL.

        • I’m sorry, you are wrong. This definitely a molotov cocktail. It has the rag hanging out of the opening of the bottle aflame. Incontrovertible.

  • My people doing their very best to embarrass me, again.

    • Yeah – a guy engaging in violence proclaiming he’s Mike Brown…most people will say “yep exactly, case in point.”

      Think about the optics of your actions if you really want to accomplish change in the face of an entrenched power structure that – let’s be honest here – doesn’t need you and knows it. However, if all you want to do is complain and pay yourself on the back for doing something, then please carry out your narcissistic acts somewhere that won’t inconvenience people.

      • That’s not somebody engaging in violence. It’s a — now famous — image of a protester hurling back towards the militarized Ferguson police the teargas canister that they had thrown into the crowd. (The police were engaging in violence — the protester was defending those peacefully assembled in the street.) It’s teargas, not a grenade.

        • I know the image well (esp as some of my friends have been in similar photos from Ferguson) – if that is intended to the the teargas container, that is one thing; I believe it’s been changed to a Molotov cocktail, which is what particularly infuriated me about the appropriation of an image about defense of civilians, for one of violence. Hopefully you are right.

        • Umm, that’s a molotov cocktail.

          Unless that’s one of those retro teargas canisters that looks like a bottle with a towel hanging out of it while it is on fire.

        • @SparkyD – Embarass you? Are you a member of the group? If people judge you based on the actions of this group aren’t they the problem? Those people need to learn that no person or group represents all black people.

          I am guessing this was done by students, I was not subtle when I was young. It takes courage to do something, they are doing something. I feel pain when I see how these young (black men) are treated I feel worse for those that don’t value their lives or future.

      • +1. And please don’t destroy property. No cause, however righteous, can be heard over the sound of broken glass under one’s feet. Good luck convincing anyone of the merits of your position while you hurl bricks at shops while wearing your best Che shirt that you bought for $25 at some chain.

    • Hey there, respectable Negro!

  • Looks like peace through violence to me, judging from the flyer. Also, there is justice and there is perceived justice and they don’t always correspond….

  • DCnister,

    Be a little more respectful of people who have suffered for hundreds of years in this country. Let folks express their pain how they wish.

  • Great, another peaceful protest… Didn’t even put much effort into the poster. What kind of amateur anarchist came up with these sappy slogans?!? And you’d think the Molotov tosser would have laced his shoes for safety!

  • Yikes, I guess I’ll plan to stay away from the park on Saturday, based on that graphic on the poster.

  • How about Peace Through Education, try and educate those who are believe to be the ones causing the wrong doing? Showing your distaste of the local/federal law enforcement will do nothing but cause a distrust between everyone, especially younger citizen, which will just facilitate altercations.

    • Well, Peace through Education is a great ideal, but the “distaste of the … law enforcement” is because it is the law enforcement who “are causing the wrong-doing”, to use your worlds. The “distrust” exists because of the practices of some police officers and the society and structures that have supported generations of abuse of power on their part. All the “officer friendly” programs in the world can’t counterbalance the reality of growing up in an environment where police are armed, dangerous, and abusive.

      • I know the law enforcement are the ones causing the “wrong doing” and those are who should be targeted to educate. I generalized because this model should be able to fit any situation. I do not mean to educate the younger ones that all cops are good. Along with officer friendly initiatives we should have the inverse as well “Community Friendly”. How to do that is a hard one but if it were easy it would be done already. They just really need to work on the point of the march and maybe pick a less controversial image that could be taken either as a Molotov cocktail or a tear gas can. Martin Luther and Martin Luther King stood for a revolution, use them.

  • We do live in a town full of secret agents. Maybe all just a big government plot.

  • I’m sure there will be dozens of people in attendance.

  • There are important things to discuss on the topic. There’s even an interesting idea on the poster. “march with placards with the names and pictures of family members and friends who have suffered brutality and murder at the hands of the police”. I can see that being politically powerful, especially if you get people from all races and all walks of life participating. (Middle aged white lady here, with a black brother-in-law I’d like to represent.)
    But then you get to “Other discussions will expose the Ebola scare in West Africa as continuation of U.S. and European war against Africa.” And any sane person has to shake their head sadly and back away.

  • This group needs to learn the term, “stay on message.” Michael Brown, Ebola, Middle East, Europe, Africa, it’s like the song “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”

  • The Ebola scare is a continuation of US and European war against Africa? Sounds rational. Are Doctors Without Borders the paramilitary commandos?

  • “Other discussions will expose the Ebola scare in West Africa as continuation of U.S. and European war against Africa.”

    To what does this refer? Or is it just a paranoid delusion/scare tactic for the easily manipulated?

    • I Dont Get It

      I can point you to some right wing nut job sites that are convinced Obama is letting in Ebola because he hates white people. Maybe we can bring the two groups together for a debate.

    • Some people (I met one this morning) think that President Obama invented Ebola in order to kill Christians and/or Africans. The gent who told me this thinks it meant to kill Africans, and said that the people who think Mr. Obama invented it to kill Christians are wrong.

      Interesting times we live in.

  • “Presenters will discuss U.S. escalation of the wars in the Middle East as well as U.S. complicity in the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza Strip.”

    Something tells me this will not be a “discussion” but rather a small group of individuals trying to convince everyone they are right.

  • You had me at “Reparations ” and “Malcolm X Park”.

    Cherries on top include speeches from Charles Barron (anti-gay marriage, pro-Gaddafi), someone from MOVE (really?!), and friends of a guy who killed a police officer during a traffic stop.

  • How about everyone gets some pictures of flowers – draw them, print them from Google images, buy stickers etc. then go around and stick them over the Molotov cocktail on these posters.

  • Shouldn’t they be rallying people to vote on the 1st and 2nd. “The system” has enough obstacles to keep minorities away from the voting booth. Maybe they shouldn’t introduce another, and reschedule their rally.

  • Important cause. Too bad both the speakers and organizers look to be insane.

  • It’s definitely a molotov cocktail and I am uncomfortable with an image of it while announcing a march on the White House. Not understanding very much from this poster.

  • If you find that poster violent, which I do, then think about how innocent people feel when they are faced with this:

  • “War against Africa” wtf? The whole premise of the protest is contradictory. An image of MIke Brown throwing a Molotov cocktail…definitely a peaceful agenda, no doubt

  • Dont publicize this crap. The second, if not before, that they included family of Mumia, a legit murderer, they become about as relevant and open-minded as a Westboro rally.

  • One of the joys of living in the District of Columbia, especially east of Rock Creek Park, is that we live among people who have gotten far past the old black-white hostility that used to divide our people. This poster is definitely a throwback to the bad old days. Somebody hasn’t figured out that it’s not 1960 any more, and we’re not living in rural western Virginia. Or Ferguson, Missouri.

    I’m a believer that the Michael Brown killing was a police execution. But this is no way to go about dealing with that.

    • “One of the joys of living in the District of Columbia, especially east of Rock Creek Park, is that we live among people who have gotten far past the old black-white hostility that used to divide our people.”

      That’s….not necessarily the case.

  • This whole thing is embarrassingly half-assed and amateurish. It reminds me of those protests on the Mall during the Iraq war which started off as anti-war protests and quickly turned into messy, disjointed gatherings of people protesting, well, everything. If you try to protest everything you will have no impact. I predict a messy flop that goes nowhere.

  • Peace through Molotov Cocktails.

    I can’t believe there isn’t more sympathy for the cause!

  • I predict that somewhere between the park and the White House this group will become bogged down in a heated discussion of whether or not to call themselves the “Black is Back” coalition or the “Back and Black” coalition.

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