Today is an important political day for numerous reasons. In addition to the last presidential debate, October 22nd is a day of protest against the deep rooted problem of police brutality. The October 22nd coalition began in 1996, and has continued to highlight incidents of police brutality, high-profile or not. A sad testament to this ongoing issue, is the Stolen Lives Project. It is a book listing 2000 names of people who were killed by law enforcement.
As time has passed, the coalition has taken more firm stands. Namely, in terms of Stop and Frisk and Mass Incarceration. In a recent statement in support of the day of protest, activist Carl Dix cites well known yet nonetheless disturbing statistics. “Close to 2.4 million people are warehoused in prisons in the U.S.” said Dix. Mass incarceration has become part of the lexicon of the activist community to describe the process of increased imprisonment for even non violent offenses. So pervasive is it’s negative impact on Black life in America, that it is referred to as “The New Jim Crow”
This predicament among others need not be pushed under the rug, whether official electoral politics will deal with it or not. To find out more about this day of protest, visit the webpage of the October 22nd coalition.
Marc W. Polite