Since the election and inauguration of the 45th president, we've seen an outpouring of support for mass protests against his threats and policies, including the historic Women's Marches and the opposition to the Muslim Ban at airports around the country. Many are taking to the streets for the first time in their lives.
For the most part - this is fabulous. We need lots and lots of people to build the kind of power we need to out-organize the white supremacist regime currently in the White House. We created this mini zine as a resource to share with family, friends and colleagues who may be beginning their journeys as activists - or who have been around for a while but haven't been active since the dawn of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Included in this mini zine are some practical considerations for why it's important NOT TO THANK COPS at protests, if we are interested in building mass multi-racial, inter-generational, multi-gender movements for collective liberation. We hope that you'll read it, wrestle with some of the ideas presented, and share it with others.
Debbie, AFSC Chicago Peace-building Associate
Thanks to Monica Trinidad for the artwork, Love & Struggle photos for the images, H Kapp Klote & Sarah Lazare for help with editing, AFSC Chicago for printing the first round, Bria Royal for the instructions on how to print, and the white woman in the pink hat at O'Hare airport who argued with me about this very issue for being the motivation to make this zine.