Disruption can oftentimes be a very stressful thing. Disruption can cause nervousness and anxiety in the person doing the disruption, and tension and anger in the person being disrupted. Disruption can also be a source of movement and progress. It’s safe to assume that the disruption of Democratic Presidential candidates by Black Lives Matter leaders has spurred those candidates to quickly develop policy platforms that address racial justice. Being disruptive may not always be polite and respectable, but it can make a statement and more importantly move your agenda.
It is with this in mind that the Workers Center For Racial Justice and our strategic partners at Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL) and the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) are planning to disrupt the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in October. On October 22-24 we are holding a counter conference to the IACP annual conference, culminating in a massive 10,000-person protest against the organization and their allies.
The IACP is a 100-year old organization that has spent years nurturing racially biased attitudes, policies and practices to grow within their organizations. They have turned a blind-eye as their officers routinely violate the civil, constitutional and human rights of Black people and other people of color. Along with encouraging a culture of violence and demonization towards Black communities and other communities of color to take hold within their departments, the IACP also actively advocates for laws that continue to criminalize our communities. The IACP continues to oppose ending the senseless War on Black people, also known as the War on Drugs, by opposing any and all efforts to legalize or decriminalize drugs by local, state and the federal governments. They oppose all needle exchange policies, which have a proven track record of helping to reduce the spread HIV/AIDS. However, they have no shame in actively advocating for the continued distribution of military equipment by the Department of Defense to local police departments throughout the country.
As the leaders of police departments from across the world, the IACP has the power to both change the cultures within their departments, as well as influence local, state and federal policies that continue to criminalize our communities. On October 24th, the WCRJ, BYP 100, SOUL and organizations from throughout the country will demand the IACP begin using their power for good instead of evil. Join us on October 24th as we say to the IACP ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
If you would like more information and are interested in providing grant or donation resources to support the mobilization, please contact:
Workers Center for Racial Justice