On Tuesday May 1st, 2012 citizens from all over the world will participate in a general strike and take to the streets in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The purpose of this action demand social and economic justice for the 99% the world over and to build solidarity among global citizens who are ready to bring about change to the global economic system. The Million Hoodies Movement for Justice supports these efforts and we call on our members and supporters to join in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street on May Day.
While the purpose of our movement thus far has been to seek justice for the family of Trayvon Martin, we recognize that there are a many factors that led to his shooting and that Occupy groups the world over have raised their voices in opposition to these conditions. Trayvon’s murder was not an unusual event in our country. The use of racial profiling and the demonization of young men of color in our society makes these tragedies inevitable. Our media profits by peddling fear of black men, our police agencies use racial fear to drive funding for their ever expanding programs of surveillance and repression, and private prisons fill their coffers by imprisoning the young people caught up in this system.
The use of racism by people in power to divide us must be stopped. Occupy Wall Street and the Million Hoodies stand united on our opposition to the new Jim Crow. On May 1st we ask that you join Occupy Wall Street in demanding an end to these racist practices that have victimized Americans of color for far too long. It is time to end funding for repressive police practices and the prison-industrial complex. Instead, we ask you to take to the streets advocate for investment in education and in the programs that make our communities strong. It is time to tell the 1% that we have had enough. Here is a list of things you can do on May 1st to tell the 1% that black lives matter and that we will not tolerate the repression and murder of our young people no longer. Let’s put up our hoodies and get into the streets. #hoodiesup #solidarity