Stop Unjust Laws & Unequal Treatment Press Conference
Time & Location
About the Event
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Tuesday, January 12, 2021 starting at 12:00 pm EST, Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor in conjunction with Tallahassee Community Action Committee (TCAC), Florida Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (FAARPR), More Than a Name, Tallahassee National Organization for Women, Power Up People, and Florida People’s Advocacy Center are co-hosting a press conference at the Leon County Courthouse (and on Zoom) to speak out against the racist unequal treatment and unjust laws leading to the arrests and police intimidation of peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in Tallahassee, across Florida, and across the nation.
January 6th’s well organized and well planned violent insurrection on the US Capitol was led by white supporters of Trump’s white supracist legacy. Although thousands showed up armed in the streets and hundreds stormed the Capitol leaving 5 dead across the city. Only 37 people were arrested for the misdemeanor of unlawful entry and so far there is only one felony charge. Most were charged (probably black folx) for curfew violation after the fact. This during one of the nations most violent Capital uprisings in 150 years. This is how white power works. Thousands involved in a violent and illegal uprising and a handful of people arrested. In the capital city of Florida on the other hand, just three months ago, 75 peaceful protestors spoke up about the racist grand jury decision to release killer cops and 1/4 of the crowd was arrested with three individuals charged with felonies, one with multiple felony accounts. Its clear - if you are protesting, even violently, for white supremacy or white power you get a pass. If you are peacefully and legally protesting about racial injustice under the banner of #BLM you get arrested. And, if you are black or brown, you will spend more time in jail and spend more money on fines than your white counterparts.
Locally, Tallahassee’s assembly ordinances violate common sense and constitutional concepts of “free speech” and the right to peacefully assemble as 1) the definition of assembly is so broad that anyone carrying a sign or speaking could be targeted as “assembling” (Article. II, Subdivision. 1, Sec. 13-31), 2) requires a permit application fee and a $1 million in liability insurance (Article II, Subdivision 2, Sec. 13-71) and 3) requires those assembling pay for a police presence and leaves complete discretion to the Tallahassee Police Department on the number of police needed (Article II, Subdivision 2, Sec. 13-71). Tallahassee’s old motto “Florida with a Southern Accent” certainly comes through here. Only those with white money, white power, white connections, or white privilege could afford their “Free Speech” in Tallahassee, Florida’s Capital City. This certainly was the case on September 5th, 2020 when close to 300 police officers clad in riot gear from 5 different law enforcement agencies, including Capitol Police and FDLE, premeditated a militarized show of force that demonstrated, once again Gov. DeSantis, and local Tallahassee leaders, especially Mayor John Dailey, are systematically using Tallahassee, and the state of Florida, to back up the Trump administration’s Orwellian doublethink racist standards.
To make matters worse, Florida lawmakers, including Gov. DeSantis, who has been outspoken in his defense of President Trump’s election corruption, filed anti-protest legislation that would 1) limit first amendment rights in Florida, 2) escalate sentencing and jail time for protestors during a COVID19 pandemic, and 3) justify amping up police control and brutality against peaceful BLM protesters across the state. No one is fooled by the language. DeSantis, who has been complicit with Trump’s election corruption and violence is using the white uprising to repress black and brown movements. He is upholding white supremacy and police control through fear mongering legislation.
We demand that all charges be dropped against the #Tally19, and that Tallahassee City Officials, Florida legislators, and State Attorney Jack Campbell work together to STOP the use of unjust laws to perpetuate unequal racist Jim Crow inspired treatment in Florida’s Capital City and across the state.
WHO: Tallahassee Community Action Committee
Florida Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression
More Than a Name
Tallahassee National Organization for Women
Florida People’s Advocacy Center
WHEN: Tuesday, January 12th, 2021, at 12:00 pm EST
WHERE: Leon County Courthouse, 301 South Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32301
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