MLK Denver Marade
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MLK MARADE RECLAIMED: Monday January 18th 2016
Black Lives Matter 5280 family and Denver community reclaims MLK Day and takes over the MLK Marade from Corporate Sponsors and Government Officials. Mayor Hancock turns back on crowd and refuses to take the stage as the woman of Black Lives Matter 5280 call out the following demands:
The Black Lives Matter 5280 family stands before you at the feet of this giant, this RADICAL, Dr. Martin Luther King. We stand because we have come to reclaim truth, and we have come to unapologetically declare that Black Lives Matter.
And if you think that this man, this radical would disagree with this proclamation, please go back and read beyond “I Have A Dream”
The women of Black Lives Matter 5280, who I stand with, come for our own reclamation. As the mothers, daughter, sisters protectors and warriors of this movement we have come for what is ours- ASHE
We stand united with our communities to demand leadership. And if you refuse to lead, we refuse to follow. If you refuse to lead, we refuse to follow
Mayor Hancock- will you honor Dr. King by immediately releasing the tapes showing Denver Sheriff’s Deputies murdering our brother, Michael Marshall.
1. Release the Tapes
Will you honor him by immediately dismissing these deputies involved in this brutal homicide?
2. Dismiss the Deputies.
Mr. Mayor and Councilmembers, as you pledge to honor Dr. King’s fight for the poor, will you return to work immediately and repeal the urban camping ban?
3. Repeal the Urban Camping Ban
Stop Criminalizing Homelessness. Homelessness if the fault of your government’s policies.
4. Decriminalize Homelessness
Mr. Mayor the people who build this great city can’t afford to live here. Honor Dr. King and your resident by holding developers accountable to the city’s promise of affordable housing.
5. Affordable Housing Now
Stop allowing developers like Forest City to build communities like Stapleton- name after a Klansman- to hurt resident by providing a pathetic 5% of housing at an affordable rate
6. Change the Name Stapleton
Finally in case you think we didn’t notice, $24 millions dollars of taxpayers money was given to the sheriff’s department. The sheriff’s department is militarized enough. Our communities already live in fear
7. Demilitarize the Police
Honor Dr. King’s commitment to community by diverting 12 million of that to rehabilitation programs and at rebuilding our prison population, and providing mental health resources for the incarcerated
8. We demand resources, not retribution
This is the leadership demand by our community. And as long as your refuse to lead. We refuse to follow.
Black Lives Matter! And Mayor Hancock, your Black life Matters too