Grassroots Message Against Police Violence—and All Violence—Standz Firm

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Banner by Carlito Rovira, member of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home

Just minutes after unfurling a 50-foot banner on the side of the A.J. Muste Building in Manhattan (also dubbed the “Peace Pentagon” for the nonviolent social change organizations it houses) a friend called to tell me that two police officers had been shot, execution style, in Brooklyn. I was composing a Tweet about the banner but deleted it mid-phrase. The banner reads: “NYC to Ferguson: End Police Violence,” and it was sponsored by the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home.

My first thought was that the NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association would seize on the killings as a chance to condemn the mass movements calling for police reform that have filled the streets for the last several weeks. My second thought was that our building at 339 Lafayette Street—home to grassroots groups such as the War Resisters…

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