Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of 313 Black People

Hey friends!

I hope this finds you doing very well I wanted to share with you this report that came out earlier this month called "Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of 313 Black People" which basically contextualizes the war on Black America by documenting how many Black folks were shot in cold blood by cops, self-appointed vigilantes, and the like. They found that it is every 28 hours that a Black person is executed on the street, and likely more than that, given the holes in their research method. The study is attached and you can read more about it here. There's a great preface and Q&A section explaining the title, explaining why this is not focused on Black on Black violence, explaining how and why they did the study, and how things have progressed since last year's report (which found an execution every 36 hours).

"What are we supposed to do with this study?
Real talk: I don't know! That is the bajillion dollar question, but at this point, whatever you do with it would probably be the right answer! I just wanted to get this in the hands of some folks who I know have good ideas and do good things. Read it. Look at the graphics. Tell someone else. Make copies at work and give a copy to the bus driver. Use it in the work you're already doing. Decorate a wall with it- I don't know! Whatever seems right to you. The folks who released the study also make some recommendations for what to do on their site (http://mxgm.org/let-your-motto-be-resistance-a-handbook-on-organizing-new-afrikan-and-oppressed-communities-for-self-defense/).

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