Defend the right to Free Speech!
The Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace
and conference entitled "Stop the
Wars, Build the Resistance!"
Philly Against War, a Philadelphia affiliate of the United
Coalition (UNAC), supports
this march as a significant initiative from the Black community against
US wars overseas and cut backs and repression here at home.
We urge all local antiwar, social justice, and community organizations
to support this march and rally.
The Civil Affairs Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department
is denying the Black is Back Coalition a permit to march,
claiming it is because they have already spent too many resources
on the occupation at City Hall.
Philly Against War is in solidarity with the Occupy
Philadelphia movement as well. The heavy police presence and
surveillance at the occupation is both unnecessary and
intrusive. The recent police riot at Occupy Oakland, where
police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and flash grenades at protesters,
resulted in at least one serious injury, numerous arrests and the
break-up of the Oakland occupation. We condemn this attack on a
peaceful protest movement.
Denial of a permit to march is a blatant violation of
the Black is Back Coalition's civil rights. The
exercise of our free speech rights should never be
contingent on the budgetary constraints of government.
Why a permit is necessary
Given the history of police repression against the Black
community, Black is Back Coalition organizers feel strongly
that the march requires a legal permit as a guarantee against police
attempts to interfere with the march.
We urge all supporters of democratic rights to lend their
support and solidarity for the right to free speech and
to the November 5 march and rally. Stop the Wars! Build the