They want us to shut up and die

When NFL Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, decided to use his fame to amplify the voices of oppressed people in this country, he was hastily blacklisted. Even Donald Trump has threatened to turn his wrath on any NFL team that would dare sign him. When we ask ourselves why more high-profile individuals don’t stand up against injustice in this country… here’s our answer.

It’s obvious, they want us to shut up and die. They expect us to remain silent while unarmed black and brown folks are shot by police. They want us to turn a blind eye as our communities continue to be over-criminalized. And they expect our cries of outrage to fade as killer cops continue to go free.

Well, we refuse to remain silent. Although we grow weary of this same narrative being played out over and over again… we won’t stop until it stops.

On Wednesday, May 24, community organization, 100 Suits for 100 Men, is rallying with folks at the NFL Headquarters in New York to show their support for Colin Kaepernick’s message and bravery. Organizations across the country will be showing solidarity. SOUL is one of those organizations.

Join us Wednesday, May 24, at 5:00 PM CST outside Greater St John AME Church (6207 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60636) as we gather to show support and let the NFL know that #WESTANDFORCOLIN.

If you can’t make to stand with us, you can show solidarity by using the hashtag #ISTANDFORCOLIN at the same time on Facebook on Twitter.

Following this action, join us at 6:30 PM at Greater St John AME Church (6207 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60636) for the “Devil’s in the Details,” a teach-in about the police contract and how we can force reforms.

Then, on Thursday, May 25, at 9:00 AM at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse (2600 S California Ave, Chicago, IL), we will be joining groups and activists across Chicago to demand justice for Laquan McDonald at the next court hearing for police officer, Jason Van Dyke.

Refuse to be silent. Your voice is needed now more than ever. Click here to let us know you’re in.