On May 1st, 2015, over 400 people gathered in front of the Durham Police Department headquarters to protest police abuses, including racial profiling and violence against Black and Brown communities. We heard from speakers calling for solidarity with the Baltimore protesters, who have taken to the streets in reaction to the police murder of Freddie Grey. They also spoke of solidarity with workers, students, teachers, migrants, Muslims, and LGBTQ communities. We marched through downtown Durham, taking the streets as we went, and gathered again in front of the Durham County jail. There, we joined families and friends of prisoners who were protesting the 23-hour lock-back at the jail. Prisoners are held in their cells 23 hours a day, and only let out for showers and phone calls in the middle of the night. We finished by marching around the jail so that all prisoners could see our support for them through their tiny windows.
Meet on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 5 pm at Durham Police Headquarters (505 W Main Street) for a short rally then march to the jail on S. Mangum in solidarity with the ongoing demonstrations to end the prisoner lock-back
Durham is answering the call from Baltimore!
“Greetings sisters and brothers from the streets of Baltimore. As we draft this appeal the city of Baltimore is being occupied by a regional mobilization of police, and the national guard. The mass outrage over the slaughter of Freddie Grey has grown from protest to resistance. Baltimore is the ‘new’ Ferguson, and we need the intervention of all who have participated in the Black Lives Movement on a national level, and we need it now.
We are calling on activists to turn next Friday, May 1st 2015, into BLACK LIVES MATTER MAY DAY.