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No justice — no peace! Stop racist police!

Published Feb 22, 2012 10:17 PM

On Feb. 16, 21 activists gathered for a pretrial Manhattan court session to face charges of disorderly conduct after being arrested at an Oct. 21 protest against the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy. The policy targets Black and Latino/a youth, allowing cops to harass and criminalize them for simply being on the streets of New York. During the Oct. 21 rally — a multinational protest of hundreds of people — the 21 who were arrested allegedly blocked the entrance to a Harlem police precinct.

All 21 protesters will be tried together on April 30, with many supporters taking off work and school to be present in support. ”We get a chance now to dramatize it in a much more intense manner — and that is beautiful,” Princeton University professor Cornel West said. The struggle against racism and repression continues!