People’s Defense – Standing for Racial Justice in Columbia

People’s Defense – Standing for Racial Justice in Columbia

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Group at Council Chambers for Racial Justice

No matter what we look like or where we live, we want our families to be whole and our communities to be vibrant.

But the people entrusted to serve and protect our communities target, detain and even kill Black people like George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor, among too many others. All the while, a handful of politicians throw out lies to divide us. They think that if we’re made to fear each other, we’ll ignore it when police officers meant to uphold the law harm our communities.

People’s Defense, a newly formed anti-racist group, joined as a member organization in 2020 and called on our movement to help ban the use of chokeholds by Columbia Police Department officers. CMNEA teachers, IUE-CWA Local 86821 factory workers from Centralia, and LiUNA 955 members stood in solidarity with People’s Defense members at the Columbia City Council to support this campaign. By joining together – from cities to suburbs to towson – we can keep building a multi-racial, multi-generational, working-class coalition to make the future that works for all of us.