Today’s rally in support of the Kelley Square Black Lives Matter protesters will happen at 6 p.m. at Worcester City Hall, Main Street. Before the Worcester City Council meeting.
Bring your wife! Your husband! Your kids! Your pals! Your pup!
Do NOT be fooled! The deniers want to say all is well in Woo! If so, why such an effort to stifle our BLM protesters? Why intimidate folks? (So they don’t go out again, that’s why!)
This is EXACTLY what happened to Martin Luther King Jr. years ago, when thousands marched – and yes, shut streets down to traffic – for racial justice in their hometowns and America.
The Kelley Square protesters were doing the same thing. They were saying: IN AMERICA THE POLICE KILL TOO MANY BLACK, UNARMED MEN. This must stop.
THIS MUST STOP!!!!
IT MUST STOP IN AMERICA!!!!
WE CHOOSE TO REACT TO THIS AMERICA IN 2015!!!!
Ferguson, NY, and now many more. Recently caught on video: A black man being shot 8 times in the back by a police officer. In the back. As he was running away. Dead. No effort to do CPR. And the cop MOVED what could have been damning physical evidence against him. Caught on video camera…
In Worcester, most of our cops are good guys/gals doing a very hard, exceedingly shitty job. Every day they deal with people ON THE EDGE. Desperate people with drugs, guns, knives and a deep distrust of the world around them. The job takes its toll – physically, emotionally. It follows that a few cops go bad, get bad, wear down, wear out, overreact … . But this doesn’t give a police force the right to go rogue, treat an entire community as if they were criminals in waiting.
Our Black Lives Matter protesters were saying: DON’T KILL UNARMED BLACK GUYS. … and a CIVILIAN POLICE REVIEW BOARD IN WORCESTER is a good thing. LESS VIOLENCE. MORE DIALOGUE.
Adding to this, the BLM, in Worcester and America, is saying: Please! Look at the big picture! Race relations in the USA are still challenging. We’re still struggling to get race RIGHT in America.
In Worcester, too! Worcester a city where many of our elementary schools have ZERO minority teachers. Worcester is a majority-minority school district.
And for years the Worcester Public Schools had scores of UN-CERTIFIED teachers! Friends/relatives of city movers and shakers who … slid into our system while properly certified teacher applicants were locked out of good paying, benefit-rich, secure jobs …
Worcester where :
We should have had a new city manager, possibly by the name of Gonzalez, if we were following the hiring process we laid out for ourselves. But the same white guy politicians who pull all the levers in this town, shit on the PROCESS and rammed their guy in – Ed Augustus. He’s our city manager now, probably for years and years. A guy who’s been at the city trough for decades collecting hundreds of thousands of $$$ but who DOESN’T EVEN LIVE IN WORCESTER. Ed owns his home far away in Millis. Lives in Millis,15 or so miles OUTSIDE OF BOSTON. Cuz the group of white guys who run this city broke the rules and let Augustus break city policy – which only stands for some people! Like people who aren’t in their circle of trust.
City of Worcester policy is flouted constantly by this group of Worcester politicians TO INCLUDE THEIR PEOPLE and exclude all others. To give jobs to their people and not to others.
And everyone falls in lock step out of fear … fear of job loss (theirs), retaliation (against family members)…
We got problems, Worcester. And the problems, because of poverty and life circumstances, often mean RACIAL ISSUES.
I, growing up in Green Island and living the life that few city leaders have ever experienced, say: IT’S CLASS, TOO. IT’S ECONOMIC, TOO. In a big way.
Go, Robert Blackwell Gibbs, Julius Jones, Kevin Ksen and Sonya Conner! Go!!!!!
– Rosalie Tirella