Last Monday, a black UC Davis student was assaulted by drunken racists near her on-campus residence on campus. The assailants have been arrested but the damage has been done and students have mobilized to call for changes from the administration. Students have rallied and held a press conference to demand the following:
- A letter of support from UC Davis Chancellor, Linda Katehi to the UC Regents for a policy targeting anti-blackness on UC campuses.
- More details on the hate crime from campus management
- Increased emergency call boxes across campus
- Improved campus lighting after dark
- Increased night time transportation options for students
The deadline to meet these demands is February 29th, 2016. Black Under Attack has the full support of Black Lives Matter Sacramento and we will stand in solidarity with them as they fight for safe space on campus, free of the pervasive anti-black sentiment that permeates our society.
“It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless.” *
After a recent press conference on the #Right2Rest Occupation at City Hall, I came across a strong man and we talked and laughed about old television shows until I stayed much longer than I anticipated. This man reminded me of my brother and conversation with him felt so natural. I found out later his name was Luke “Que” McRae.
Que is currently being held in Sacramento County Jail after being unfairly targeted and brutalized by police officers. In a round of arrests made at the Right2Rest Occupation on Saturday morning, as he lawfully recorded officers, they single Que out, encircle him, and begin asking about his belongings. What ensued was a vicious takedown and assault, that witnesses describe as “unexpected”, ”unnecessary”, and "discriminatory" as “Que” was the only homeless, black man among the protestors.
This video is a clear example of the inhumanity and genocidal nature of this anti-camping ordinance. Selectively deciding who will sleep in public space and who will not is essentially the power over life and death. Click here to see the video. TRIGGER WARNING: Anti-Black, Police Brutality.
A rally and press conference was held today Sacramento City Hall. Que is being charged with battery on a police officer, a charge which is contrary to eye-witness accounts. The Sacramento National Lawyers Guild is investigating this and other incidents resulting in violence against homeless rights protestors.
This has been a challenging week. We have lost our brother, Edward Currie, who died in police custody on Saturday, and our brother Que stands behind bars, a political prisoner, fighting for the essential right to sleep. Our people come from a stock that perseveres, overcoming the worst of odds, and we will continue the fight for black liberation, steadfast and resolute.
“People pay for what they do and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become, and they pay for it, very simply, by the lives they lead.” *
*Quotes from James Baldwin
Support Network Meeting for #Right2Rest on Wednesday, February 24th
March for the #Right2Rest on Sunday, February 28th at 10AM
You Move Us Out? We Shut You Down!! Gentrification Protest in front of the Guild Theater on Feb 27th
Know Your Rights Workshop on February 27th