Three Days Of Action In New York To Stop Police Murder
October 22 - 24, 2015
Thursday, October 22:
National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation
No More Stolen Lives: #SayTheirNames
A reading of the names of just some of the thousands of people killed by law enforcement in the last 20 years, and a demand for justice. (Location: Times Square)
We'll hear Voices from the protest:
Eve Ensler and Tony Montenieri, Quentin Tarantino and Gina Belafonte and others reading the names. Plus Family members of those killed by police. And a short interview with Eve Ensler on why she is rising up.
Friday, October 23
Shut Down Rikers Island
A non-violent direct action as part of #RiseUpOctober
Rikers Island is the Abu Ghraib of the US, dedicated to confinement, brutality, and torture. Human beings languish for weeks, months, sometimes years awaiting trial. Almost all Black or Latino, many locked down for weeks and months in solitary confinement. Guards inflict a culture of violence.
We'll talk to Sunsara Taylor (StopPatriarchy.org) and revolutionary journalist Li Onesto about the action.
Saturday, October 24:
Flood the Streets to STOP Police Terror
We'll speak with a student organizer about bringing #RiseUpOctober to college campuses everywhere.
Michael will be reporting on the march in coming days, so check back here.
Interview With Quentin Tarantino At #RiseUpOctober
Quentin Tarantino was interviewed by Michael Slate while marching in October 24 Rise Up October: STOP POLICE TERROR.
When Black and Latino lives are being stolen by the police in epidemic numbers—we need more and more people saying this:
Michael Slate: You came out on Thursday. And it was very moving. I was there just listening to those stories. Then you come out today and it’s pretty important that you are out here, that your voice is out here. What made you feel compelled to be here?
Quentin Tarantino: Well, what made me feel compelled basically is I’m a human being and I have a conscience. I’ve been sitting here and I’ve been watching. It’s been going on for a long time, but for the last year and a half it seems like you just see one Black and Brown man or woman killed, murdered by the police. Unarmed. And I believe that there is a problem in the police culture itself that is corrupt and the culture needs to be changed. And the thing about it is, if I actually do feel that it is murder and it’s not extenuating circumstances, then I have an obligation to stand with the murdered against the murderers and that’s what I’m doin’ here.
Michael Slate: A lot of people have made the reference to genocide, a slow genocide yes, but a genocide that’s in formation and actually taking place as we go along. What do you think of that?
Michael Slate: What would you say to people who hear your voice now, what would you say to them about what they need to be doing?
Quentin Tarantino: If you don’t believe the way we believe, well then you don’t and that’s where you stand. But if you believe where we’re comin’ from, and you believe that it is murder, and you believe people are being killed, then you have to say something. You have to join. You have to stand up. You have to join with us, and there’s a lot of different ways you can do that, but you need to. Because that’s the only way it’s going to stop.
Michael Slate: How actually do you see it being made to stop?
Quentin Tarantino: I actually do think that if this happens enough, and it actually becomes like a ’60s movement thing in a real way, which actually would be very interesting because the Civil Rights Movement was led by young people in the ’60s. This is being led by moms, this is being led by fathers, this is being led by family members and young people are catching up and that’s a really terrific thing. And so I think that it literally can be a situation, if it comes out there, then we can change the police force, we change the way the police academy teaches the police, and we can get rid of some of these cops. You should have a higher calling to be a cop. We expect our doctors to aspire to a higher calling, not just have a job. We expect the people who work... the paramedics and the ambulances, we expect them to aspire to a higher calling, not just have a job. And we need to expect that from the police. They’re not just having a job and things happen.
Michael Slate: Quentin Tarantino, thank you very much.
Quentin Tarantino: I think that makes a lot of sense. I mean, you know, to me the whole mass incarceration situation that’s been going on for the last 20 years, I think 30, 40 years from now people will call it “Slavery, part 2.” American slavery, part 2. And that issue and this issue are married to each other, they are linked in arms. My job isn’t to be the most eloquent person speaking on this subject that there is. There’s a whole lot more people here more eloquent than me. But I can put my body here.
Michael Slate: And also it does make a difference that your voice is heard. There’s people in society that have disproportionate influence based on the work that they do, a lot of times, in your case in particular. No matter what it is, it’s actually important when someone like you comes out and stands up and says, “Look, I see what’s going on. I can’t sit there and pretend I don’t.”
Quentin Tarantino: That’s the thing. One of the things about the movement that actually just means so much is that they have a powerful slogan: “Which side are you on?” If you’re not on our side, you’re on their side. There’s no straddling the fence. There’s no silent majority. There is none of that. You have to take a stand. If you believe it’s murder, then you gotta call it murder. And you gotta call the murderers, murderers.
Michael Slate: Absolutely. One more and then we’ll be through. Well, two more. One is the Niemöller quotes have been coming up in my mind a lot in relation to this. First they came for these people, but I didn’t say anything. And it goes down the line. Then there’s a second one he talked about that a lot of people don’t talk about where he speaks to this last point that you made – What if... ? When he got out of the concentration camp, he said I have to think, what if we had stood up, what if we had spoken out, what if we had done something, think of how many lives might not have been taken.
Quentin Tarantino: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. It’s funny, a lot of people here involved in this movement, some of them are of very different minds about what should be done, and some of them are for all-out revolution. I like the idea of that, but I don’t think that’s the only answer. I actually do think that massive resistance, which is what this is, can stop this, can put a pause in it, can put a second thought in it with these cops. And I do believe that there is a corrupt culture inside of the police force, that needs to be straightened out. They are just too authoritative. Nobody should be stopped and actually have no rights during that encounter until later. That’s just untenable.