The Peoples Power Assembly will be traveling to Washington D.C. to participate. We will be leaving the Harriet Tubman Solidarity Center at 10 am sharp and returning by 4 pm. If you would like to reserve a seat call us at 410-218-4835.
If the November election is stolen
OCCUPY THE STREETS
No work, No school, No shopping
A Call for People’s General Strike
This may be the first time that a U.S. president has said he won’t accept the result of the vote, indicating that there will be no peaceful transition. This is not an idle threat. Trump has his own paramilitary police, Homeland Security, the support of the most virulent and reactionary police departments, and a myriad of violent, racist, vigilante-type groups.
At the Sept. 29 debate, after the moderator suggested condemning the Proud Boys, a far-right, violently racist group, Trump declared: “Proud Boys: stand back and stand by,” acknowledging he was their leader.
Later in the debate, Trump refused to say he would abide by the results of the election. He declined to tell his supporters to remain calm or avoid violence. “If I see tens of thousands of ballots, I can’t go along with that,” he said, urging his supporters to go to the polls and “watch very carefully.”
What can we do if there is an attempted coup, an outright coup or an effort to sabotage the vote? The people must prepare.
We are the people: Low-wage workers who are at the frontlines, risking our lives, whether we are grocery workers, bus drivers or Amazon warehouse workers; those of us in the streets protesting for Black Lives Matter and community control of police; those of us in the community facing evictions, foreclosures and utility shut-offs; students and youth concerned with catastrophic climate change and unsafe school reopening; healthcare workers and teachers sacrificing for our patients and students; Black, Brown and Indigenous communities along with seniors disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Our lives are at stake.
We must act to protect people’s rights! Every vote counts and we will not accept a stolen election, no matter what form it takes, whether it’s stolen through a Supreme Court decision, the undemocratic Electoral College, or violence by the far right forces backing Trump.
If the election is stolen, from Nov. 3, 2020, through Jan. 20, 2021, it will be time for us to be in the streets in such large numbers that the system cannot run. Call in sick! Occupy the streets! March and picket at Federal Buildings, banks and businesses, and other suitable targets in your city, state or county. Organize civil disobedience. Urge your union to prepare for sick-outs and strikes.
Here are some important dates to plan around:
November 2 Support the call for Black Solidarity Day and International Election Observers.
November 3 (Election Day): physical voting at the polls. Join local groups like People’s Committees to Defend Democratic Rights or other local efforts to stop any intimidation by right-wing armed groups. Help escort Black, Brown, Indigenous and LGBTQ2S people and seniors to the polls to guarantee their safety.
November 4: Support the call by the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression Post-Election Protest for a Peoples Mandate for national day after demonstrations.
Baltimore, November 4 SIGN UP ON FACEBOOK Protest for a Peoples Mandate.
During this period paper ballots will be counted. At any point the Supreme Court, consisting of just nine judges, may step in as it did in the 2000 election to undemocratically decide the direction of the elections.
December 8, marks the end of the “safe harbor” period for states to determine that election results will not be challenged in Congress. On December 14, Electoral College delegates cast their ballots on a state level. On January 6, 2020 Congress meets to count the Electoral College and declares a winner.
January 20, 2021 (Inauguration Day): Regardless of the outcome, we must continue to press for the demands that people need and want — Black Lives Matter, stopping police and ICE terror, healthcare for all, cancel rent & stop evictions and foreclosures, workers’ rights and safety on the job, jobs or income for all, no war or sanctions.
Please sign onto this call and begin to organize in your area.
ICE Out of Baltimore
Rev. CD Witherspoon
Rev. Annie Chambers, Douglas Homes RAB Delegate
Mahtowin Munro, United American Indians of New England
Malaya Movement Baltimore
Frank Chapman, Executive Director, National Alliance Against Racism & Political Repression
Courtney Jenkins, Coalition of Black Trade Unionist, Baltimore Chapter
Delores Lemon-Thomas, Million Worker March
Clarence Thomas, convener Million Worker March, former Secretary-Treasurer ILWU Local 10
Chris Silvera, Secretary-Treasurer Teamsters Local 808
Reverence David Carl Olson, Lead Minister, First Unitarian Church of Baltimore * ID only
Baltimore Peace Action
Dr. Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, Matthew Henson Neighborhood Assoc., former President Baltimore NAACP
San Diego Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Fernando Ramirez, Union Organizer U.E. (United Electrical Workers) LA Tenants Union/Union de Vecinos
Bob Brown, Pan African Roots
Solidarity with Novorossiya and Antifascists in Ukraine
Rhode Island Peoples Assembly
Committee Against Police Brutality, San Diego
Atlanta Peoples Power Assembly
Bonnie “Raven” Lane, Housing Advocate
Bill Goodin, co-founder, Black Men Unifying Black Men
Assistant Professor Robert Birt, Bowie State University * ID only
Leslie Salgado, Friends of Latin America
Bmore 4 Border Justice
Berna Ellorin, BAYAN USA
Women In Struggle/ Mujeres En Struggle
William Camacaro, Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of New York
Carl Gentile, CPDC
List in formation adding names and groups hourly
Emergency Protest for Breonna Taylor
Saturday, September 26, 1 pm
Gather at 2011 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD
Join us this Saturday for a massive emergency community car caravan & March to express our outrage and heartbreak at the failure to indict the Louisville police responsible for shooting Breonna Taylor to death. Solidarity with the people of Louisville. Black women’s lives do matter!
For more info. Call: 410-218-4835
Volunteer Work session: Friday evening 6 pm to 8 pm @ 2011 N. Charles St.
(We will set up outside weather permitting as no more than 5 people are allowed inside the Harriet Tubman Solidarity Center at a time.)
Volunteers come at 12 noon on Saturday.
Please wear masks or we will provide one.
If you missed the incredible program marking the anniversary of the Attica prison uprising, you have a chance to watch it on VIDEO . Featuring never-seen footage of Tom Soto, one of the original observers at Attica and the premiere of “Give Us the Freedom” featuring a prisoner from inside Vaughn prison explaining the conditions that led to the rebellion in Delaware.
WATCH HERE VIDEO OF ATTICA TRIBUTE
Salute to the Heroic Attica Prison Rebellion
Sunday, September 13,
5 pm eastern, 2 pm pacific, 4 pm mountain
Film premiere “Give Us the Freedom” a voice from the Vaughn prison by filmmaker Rasika Ruwanpathirana.
The Prisoners Solidarity Committee is holding a forum on Sunday, September 13, 2 pm west coast, 4 pm mountain and 5 pm eastern time to commemorate the Attica Uprising. To participate REGISTER HERE.
The forum will also include speakers, poetry and a discussion on the COVID crisis with relatives and loved ones of prisoners behind bars; .special clip from Tom Soto, one of the Attica observers and the poetry of the Attica prisoners.
Endorsers include: Prisoners Solidarity Committee; Peoples Power Assembly; Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice; Struggle La Lucha; Socialist Unity Party/Partido de Socialismo Unido; Ujima People’s Progress Party; Youth Against War & Racism; Women in Struggle/Mujeres en Lucha (partial list)
On September 9, 1971, approximately 1,500 prisoners in Cell Block D seized the Attica Correctional Facility after having submitted a 27-point manifesto to the prison administration in an attempt to address the torturous conditions inside the prison.
Four days later, Governor Rockefeller ordered the storming of Attica prison. The police assault was described with the exception of the Indigenous massacres in the 19th century, as the bloodiest one day encounter since the Civil War.
The story of the Attica prisoners is one of incredible courage and resistance! It is the story of the fight for Black and Brown liberation and for an end to working class exploitation.
The Attica uprising continues to be remembered by all who seek justice and liberation.
Please donate if you are able to keep our movement growing.
PLEASE DONATE PAY PAL or Venmo@SolidarityCenter Thank you!
Unemployed Workers Committee to Stop Evictions, Foreclosures and Utility Shut Offs “Through solidarity we can protect each other against capitalist greed & injustice”
If we can’t work, then we can’t pay! No to evictions, foreclosures and utility shut-offs until we are back to work and this crisis is over. The Peoples Power Assembly is initiating a special Unemployed Workers Committee and their supporters.
Become a part of a mutual aid network of community members, neighbors, friends and co-workers to defend our community from evictions, foreclosures and utility shut-offs.
Here are seven of the things the group has listed that it will do:
- Stop evictions and foreclosures through mass action; by forming a human shield to physically prevent evictions;
- Advocate for government and sheriff’s departments to extend no eviction and foreclosure orders until people are safe, back to work and able to pay;
- Hold the big landlords and banks responsible during this crisis which includes demanding no rent increases, evictions or foreclosures and housing fit for human beings;
- Work to ensure unemployment rights and guaranteed income for all jobless workers;
- Protect unemployed workers, the homeless, and also small landlords who are at the mercy of the big banks, whose foreclosures will impact their tenants;
- Demand safe working conditions and hazard pay for all workers to ensure that they do not get sick or spread infection to their families and friends;
- Defend the community from utility shut-offs: heat, water and light are a right!
The Peoples Power Assembly sees the launching of this “Mutual Aid Group” as a continuation of our protests against racism and police terror. Those most impacted are Black, Latinx and poor workers; in fact, it was the 2008 subprime mortgage foreclosure scandal in combination with deindustrialization and the loss of union jobs that stripped wealth from Black and Latinx families and devastated whole communities.
We invite all groups and individuals to join and we pledge to unite with all groups who want to stop evictions and defend workers and the poor. We meet monthly both through zoom and outside with strict social distancing and masks.
Become a mutual aid member. (In this case our mutual aid is not so much about food or other resources ((if you would like to join our food is a right mutual aid at Douglas Homes, let us know)) but about putting our bodies, brains and love for one another together to protect our community.)
Members pledge to respond to the best of their ability to form a human chain to protect unemployed workers from sheriff and landlord actions. This is just one way to be a part of the committee. There is something that everyone can contribute during this crisis. If you are not able to leave your home or apartment you can help by phone banking and spreading the word. The most important thing is that through solidarity we can love and protect each other against capitalist greed and injustice.
To join go to: www.PeoplesPowerAssembly.org 410-218-4835
Prisoners Urgently Need Soap, Showers, PPE and Safe Conditions – Car Caravan & Protest at the offices of Robert L. Green, Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services
Thursday, July 23, Gather at 11 am
@ 2011 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 to decorate cars
12 noon at 300 East Joppa Rd, Towson, MD. 21204
For those who are able we will have a short social distancing protest & press conference — For more information call: 410-218-4835
While we continue our fight to abolish the racist mass incarceration system, prisoners from Cumberland, Jessup and Baltimore have written and called the Prisoners Solidarity Committee and the Peoples Power Assembly about immediate and urgent needs.
They are desperately concerned for their safety and the health of their fellow inmates. Prisoners are not receiving adequate soap, showers or PPE. Their complaints are being muffled and censored.
On Thursday, we will car caravan to the offices of Robert L. Green, Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services in Towson to amplify their demands..
We will meet at 11 am to decorate cars and get staged. Our route is too long to march so we will caravan. But we will do a social distancing picket/rally/press conference at the offices at 12 noon if you want to meet us there.
Please wear masks and be safe.
Donate to keep our movement growing.
PLEASE DONATE PAY PAL or Venmo @SolidarityCenter Thank you!
March & Car Caravan
Saturday, July 18, 2 pm
National Protests: Stop Police Crimes! Community Control Now! Free Them All!
Baltimore MARCH & CAR CARAVAN
Gather @ 2011 N. Charles Street
March to the west side for special announcements
For more info. Call: 410-218-4835
THIS Thursday, July 16
Peoples Power Assembly Organizing Meeting
7 pm to 8:30 pm
ZOOM CALL Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you don’t get a confirmation please check your spam.
The Statement from the National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression NAARPR follows local activities.
Stop Police Crimes! Community Control Now! Free Them All! July 18th Day of Protest
We are calling a national day of protest in what has now been a double-edged sword of crisis, with the pandemic on the one edge, and the horrific racist injustices against Black people on the other.
The fact that we have entered a new era of rebellion unprecedented in the annals of US history is now recognized by the powers that be, as well as the hucksters in the mass media, and all strands of the people’s movement.
We are issuing this call for a national day of protest not only in a moment of outrage, but also in the greatest crisis this country has seen.
What is at stake? The lives of our people are daily stolen by the ravages of Covid-19—particularly in the Deep South where our population is concentrated—and also the unabated crimes of murder and assault against our people by the police in virtually every major city in the United States.
We must place the demand for community control of the police at the center of the struggle to end police crimes and tyranny over our people.
The highest principle in the struggle is for us to assert our inalienable democratic right to determine who polices our communities and how our communities are policed. To avoid going down the blind alleys of piecemeal reforms, this must be our rock bottom demand.
Yes, defund the police. Yes, demilitarize the police. To make this happen people must be in control of the policing. So we are calling on all the various strands of the people’s movement—workers and all oppressed people—to join us on July 18th for a national day of protest demanding community control of the police, and continuing to demand depopulation of prisons, jails and detention centers which are death traps of the people confined in these institutions.
We also demand the freedom of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Sundiatta Acoli, Jalil Muntaquim, Veroza Bowers, Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald, and all political prisoners who were in the Black Panther Party, many of whom have been locked down for over four decades, and also all those wrongfully convicted as a result of racist frame-ups as well as the survivors of torture like Gerald Reed, Tamon Russell who still languish in prison decades after they were wrongfully convicted. We must continue to relentlessly fight for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all those wantonly murdered by the police.
By being organized we are prepared to help the masses of our people to raise and fight for the demands in this call to end racist genocidal policies and practices of the police, and to stand in united struggle with all the democratic forces agitated into action by the present rebellion. WE HAVE MADE THE DEMANDS OF THE PEOPLE THE DEMANDS OF OUR MOVEMENT! JOIN US JULY 18TH IN UNITED PROTEST THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY!
Sign the petition to stop the destruction of the Rayshard Brooks memorial
Tell Atlanta officials: Hands off the Rayshard Brooks memorial!
Return Wendy’s to community control
On June 12, 2020, Rayshard Brooks was murdered by officers of the Atlanta Police Department at the Wendy’s drive-through on University Avenue. Many community members witnessed the murder and were traumatized by the sight of Rayshard, a Black man and father, being shot in the back, kicked while he was down and his body stood on by a police officer as he lay dying.
This happened in a poor, working-class, Black community that has witnessed and experienced the brutality of the APD for years. This time, the community decided to take control of this sacred space as a liberated zone for justice, grieving and community control.
On Monday, July 6, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the Atlanta police violently stole this liberated space from the community and destroyed Rayshard Brooks’ memorial. We demand:
- Return the community property, including posters, flowers and other donations, that were stolen from the Rayshard Brooks memorial.
- Return to our community the Wendy’s and surrounding area where Rayshard Brooks was murdered by the APD, as our healing and liberated zone. Police hands off!
Petition initiated by the Peoples Power Assembly – Atlanta