FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 1, 2015
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE BYP100 ON THE FIRING OF CPD POLICE SUPERINTENDENT GARRY MCCARTHY
BYP100 calls for resignation of Mayor Emanuel and States Attorney Alvarez, defunding of policing and investment in Black futures
The Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) is pleased to learn that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken one necessary step towards holding himself and the city of Chicago accountable for its promotion and support of systemic violence against Black people by firing Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.
Mayor Emanuel’s decision to fire Supt. Garry McCarthy comes as a result of massive community organizing and direct confrontations between young Black organizers and the Chicago Police Department to expose the ongoing structural abuses of power Black people are subjected to everyday. Now, Mayor Emanuel, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and all top elected officials involved in the cover-up surrounding the execution of Laquan McDonald must make the right decision and resign immediately. They have demonstrated a deep ineptitude to exercise compassion and good judgment as leaders and should not be trusted to make decisions that impact our lives.
As young Black people who organize Black communities in Chicago, we are clear that Supt. McCarthy, Mayor Emanuel and State’s Attorney Alvarez represent elements of a system that must not only be reformed, but radically changed. These changes must include not only new leadership, but also a clear commitment to defund policing and invest in the futures of Black Chicagoans.
- We demand a participatory city budget in which the public has the power to defund the Chicago Police Department and invest those dollars and resources in Black futures by setting a living wage, fully funding healthcare, social services, public schools, sustainable economic development projects and Black businesses that support Black communities.
- We demand an immediate end to the criminalization of Black people for minor possession of marijuana and other petty crimes.
- We demand the immediate firing of Officer Dante Servin without a pension for the killing of Rekia Boyd, as well as all other officers who have contributed to the deaths of Black Chicagoans.
- We demand a fully independent civilian police accountability council with hiring, firing, subpoena and budgeting power. The creation of a Police Accountability Task force appointed by Mayor Emanuel is insufficient and undemocratic.
Public officials now have the opportunity to decide what kind of city they want to help build alongside the young Black people leading in this critical moment. Our vision is based in a fundamental belief that no city should spend 40% of its budget on policing our lives while systematically destroying our communities. This irresponsible allocation of the budget is indicative of the fact that the power of how to spend public funds should not lie with these out-of-touch leaders, but with the public themselves. We are calling on all young Black people, elected officials, clergy and community leaders to join us in a call to defund policing in Chicago and instead invest in Black futures.
Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do our work through a Black queer feminist lens. We are affiliated with the Black Youth Project.
www.byp100.org – @BYP_100 – facebook.com/BYP100
“Social movements are creators of history. out of their oppositional stance, their utopian critique, new historical opportunities arise.”
I want to share an opportunity in the wake of the video release of the Chicago police murder of Laquan McDonald to change everything that should be changed about U.S. policing. Mobilizing resources to confront police violence in black communities is urgent but it is equally urgent to mobilize resources for a transformative vision of what black life could be in this country. The Black Youth Project 100 combines direct action organizing and community-building with bold and transformative vision that “all local, state and federal budgets to defund the police and invest those dollars and resources in Black futures.” This demand along with other transformative demands are on their website here.
The moment protests against individual instances of police misconduct become a broader movement for the fundamental reorganization of our cities to put fully funded human services over militarized policing we will begin to see real change. That moment is approaching but needs our support to help change the narrative. Please, support Black Youth Project 100 and other groups fighting to #StoptheCops and #FundBlackFutures by spreading the word.
Please, support Black Youth Project 100 and help change the narrative. These are not individual and isolated cases of violence but part of a larger system that can and must be broken down and replaced with a more humane and vibrant future.
Austin Belali Thompson
Director, Youth Engagement Fund