CHICAGO- On Friday, January 15th The Black Youth Project 100 ( BYP100 ) Chicago Chapter will lead a symbolic traveling funeral procession to remember Black lives lost to police violence and institutional racism in the City of Chicago.
The coffins in the funeral procession will be sent to Chicago City Council Aldermen who have failed in their decision-making to protect Black lives and advocate for resources to ensure a bright future for Black Chicagoans. "The blood is on many hands. Those elected to represent us must account for police killings as well as the violence that occurs in our community as a result of public policy, economic exploitation, mass incarceration, and the divestment from services and resources. These aldermen must answer for the destabilization of our communities", says Damon Williams, BYP100 Chicago Chapter Co-chair.
The funeral procession is in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Freedom Movement of 1966 led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. BYP100 will launch an economic policy agenda, The Agenda To Build Black Futures on King's birthday to build upon King's unfinished economic and racial justice policy work. During the Chicago Freedom Movement, Black Chicagoans organized to demand open housing, quality public education, community development, and jobs that provide a livable income. BYP100 is committed to continuing this fight through demanding divestment from oppressive systems and investment in the lives of Black people.
WHO: Members of Black Youth Project 100 ( BYP100 ) Chicago Chapter
WHEN: Friday, January 15th at 6:00 PM Central
WHERE: Meyering Park, 7140 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL, 60619
WHAT: Symbolic funeral procession to remember all Black people who were lost to state violence and to demand Chicago City Council Aldermen advocate for a divestment from oppressive systems harming Black Chicagoans and invest in Black futures.
[Local spokespersons available for additional comment. Contact Camesha Jones at 240-533-2876 to coordinate.]
Black Youth Project 100 ( BYP100 ) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens. We are an organization affiliated with the Black Youth Project.
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