Socialist Worker

Ferguson Solidarity Tour discusses taking on state racism

by Celia Hutchison
Issue No. 2439

“What we need to do,” Patrisse Cullors told us, “is to shut shit down”. 

She added that we should not accept that police killing of black people is normal.

Patrisse is a leading member of Black Lives Matter, and was speaking at the Ferguson Solidarity Tour meeting in Manchester on Thursday of last week. 

She shared a platform with campaigners Janet Alder and Carole Duggan along with young black activists.

The Tour aims to build solidarity for protesters in Ferguson and across the US, and to renew support for those in Britain fighting injustice.

Janet Alder’s brother Christopher was killed in police custody. Carole Duggan’s nephew Mark was shot dead by the police. 

Carole told us how Mark had been said to be a gangster and drug dealer. He was neither. “But how bad do you have to be for it to be OK to shoot you down in the street?” she asked. 

The meeting debated how to link to workplace struggle. Socialists argued that the fight against racism is part of the struggle against the capitalism.

When someone asked how we can empower ourselves, Janet Alder said we take direct action—and start to lose our fear.

The Rage Against Racism demonstration on 21 March is key. A mobilising meeting for Greater Manchester on 25 February will discuss how to build it as big as possible.

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