Protect Charlotte Uprising Protesters ~ Glo, Charlotte Uprising


 

Police killed a protestor during the Charlotte Uprising. And now they’re targeting Black activists to make them afraid to speak the truth. 

Demand that DA Merriweather drop all charges against Glo & Rayquan for their participation in the Charlotte Uprising!

TAKE ACTION!

 

 

My name is Glo. And in September of 2016, I participated in the Charlotte Uprising–a protest organized in response to the police murder of Keith Lamont Scott. Hundreds of Charlotte residents and community members took to the streets to ask for transparency from our police department and to demand justice for Keith Lamont Scott. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) responded to the public outcry with tear gas, percussion grenades, and SWAT teams–this brutality went on for 96 hours. On the second night of the uprising I witnessed the killing of fellow protester, 26-year-old Justin Carr, by CMPD. The police claimed that another protester shot Carr–Rayquan Borum.However, Rayquan did not kill Justin Carr–I was there. Nonetheless, Rayquan is now being accused by CMPD for the murder of Justin Carr. Rayquan has been in jail since September 2016, with no option of bail. But the truth is: Charlotte Mecklenburg police killed Justin Carr, not Rayquan.2

Within days of me sharing news to the world that CMPD murdered Justin Carr, $20,000 in felony warrants were put out for my arrest. I am being charged with felony charges for inciting a riot and misdemeanor assault on a government officer. These are completely trumped up charges, fabricated by law enforcement to discourage me from telling the truth. My trial court date is set for May 7th, 2018, and I am facing four years in prison. Together, we must take a stand to ensure that everyone, including Black people, are guaranteed the fundamental and constitutional right to protest and speak freely.

I need your support in demanding that all of my charges, and the charges against Rayquan, be immediately dropped by District Attorney Spencer Merriweather.

There is hope that my charges could be dropped, because the DA who filed these charges against me is no longer in office. And the current DA has been silent on my case. By staying silent on our cases DA Merriweather is making it clear that he doesn’t stand against police murder or political repression of activists, specifically Black activists. However, by dropping our charges he could start to change the way the criminal justice system works in Charlotte and become a DA who truly stands up for justice.

My experience is a part of a larger and more frightening issue within the criminal justice system. Protesters and activists are finding themselves profiled and targeted for speaking out against the true conditions of our nation. By prosecuting Rayquan and myself, the district attorney’s office is sending a loud and clear message to all Black people in Charlotte–prosecutors will never hold the police accountable when they murder Black people. And, if you speak out about these injustices, you can and will be prosecuted.

DA Merriweather doesn’t have to send this message. By dropping my charges he can be a DA that stands up for justice.

Rayquan’s trial date has been set for December 3, 2018, by that time he will have sat in a jail cell for over two years, with no trial, before his case is even heard.3 Our cases are uniquely connected because I witnessed the Charlotte police commit the very murder he is behind bars for. Rayquan is innocent, and has maintained his innocence the entire time he’s been held in prison. While in prison, Rayquan has been greatly mistreated, spending significant time in solitary confinement. We know how solitary confinement plays out for human beings. They deteriorate.

What is happening to myself and Rayquan Borum are not mere coincidences, we are being targeted by the Charlotte Police and the District Attorney. We are being used to send a message to deter protesters, specifically Black protestors.

However, we will continue to resist and fight for our freedom and that of all Black people. In order to do that we need your support–demand that DA Merriweather immediately free Rayquan Borum and drop all charges against me.

Until we’re all free,

Glo

Charlotte Uprising Activist

References:

1. “Uprising activists: Charlotte mayor, police chief should resign”. The Charlotte Observer, 26 September 2016. http://act.colorofchange.org/go/30810?t=9&akid=10489%2E1174326%2E_f8XlE

2. “Eyewitness to Carr Shooting in Charlotte, NC:’Riot Police Shot Him…They’re Fabricating All of This'”. The Root, 23 September 2016. https://act.colorofchange.org/go/30811?t=11&akid=10489%2E1174326%2E_f8XlE

3. “Murder Defendant Rayquan Borum Gets New Attorneys”. Charlotte NPR, 10 January 2018. http://act.colorofchange.org/go/30812?t=13&akid=10489%2E1174326%2E_f8XlE

Emancipation Day in the United States


Emancipation Day is a holiday in Washington DC to mark the anniversary of the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act, which president Abraham Lincoln signed on April 16, 1862. It is annually held on April 16.

Emancipation Day
Emancipation Day marks the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862.
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What Do People Do?

A wide range of events are arranged in Washington DC to mark Emancipation Day. These are spread throughout the month of April and include exhibitions, public discussions, presentations of historic documents, the laying of wreaths, concerts and poetry readings. The events aim to educate a broad spectrum of people about the history of the municipality of the District of Columbia in general and slavery in particular. Attention is also paid to the African origin of many slaves and racial issues in modern American society.

Public Life

April 16 is a legal holiday in Washington DC. Local government offices are closed and many public services do not operate. However, many stores and businesses are open and there are no changes to public transit services. In some years, Emancipation Day may be the reason to extend the deadline for filing an income tax return (Tax Day). In 2007, the observance Emancipation Day in Washington DC had the effect of nationally extending the 2006 income tax filing deadline from April 16 to April 17. This 2007 date change was not discovered until after many forms went to print.

In all other areas of the United States, April 16 is a normal day and public life is not affected.

Background

Formal slavery was legal until 1865 in most of the area that is now the United States. Many slaves were of African origin and many slave owners were of European descent, although some other groups also had slaves. By 1860, there were about four million slaves in the United States. On April 16, 1862, Abraham Lincoln, who was the US president at the time, signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, which freed more than 3000 slaves in the District of Columbia. However, slavery did not officially end in the rest of the United States until after the American Civil War, which lasted from 1861 until 1865.

The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution formally ended slavery in the US. It was proposed on January 31, 1865, and ratified by 30 of the then 36 states in the same year. However, it was only ratified in Mississippi in 1995. Slavery and the racial divisions, upon which it was based, have had and continue to have huge implications for individuals and American society as a whole.

Emancipation Day in Washington DC marks the anniversary of the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act. On January 4, 2005, legislation was signed to make Emancipation Day an official public holiday in the District of Columbia. Elsewhere in the United States, the emancipation of slaves is celebrated in Florida (May 20), Puerto Rico (March 22) and Texas (June 19). There are also similar events in many countries in the Caribbean, including Anguilla, Bahamas, Bermuda, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Many of these events occur during the first week of August as slavery was abolished in the British Empire on August 1, 1834.

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