The criminalization, brutalization, and mistreatment of Black Americans by police and justice systems nationwide is utterly deplorable and unacceptable. Split This Rock joins with the millions around the world demanding justice, accountability, and an end to racism with impunity.
We’ll be reading from the poems we received for the Virtual Open Mic on Police Brutality and Racial Justice and delivering them to the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of DOJ.
You still have time for your poems to be included! Please send them as a Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Virtual Open Mic” as the subject line. Want your organization to cosponsor and send a representative to read a poem? Contact us!
As poets we stand in solidarity with people of color organizing to bring an end to state-sponsored terrorism against Black and Brown communities. We echo the demands of activists, found online at www.fergusonaction.com/demands/:
Cosponsors: Code Pink, Institute for Policy Studies, Youth Speaks – Brave New Voices, SolidariTrees, Washington Peace Center, and Baltimore Citywide Youth Poetry Team.