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Civil rights conference featuring renowned activist Angela Davis to gather in Chicago this November

By staff |
September 4, 2019
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Chicago, IL - Founded in 1973 as an organization that grew out of the movement to free the wrongfully imprisoned Angela Davis and other political prisoners, the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression is set to relaunch this November. This refounding, led by the Chicago Alliance against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) and other organizations, will be taking place in Chicago, Illinois on November 22-24 at the Chicago Teachers' Union Hall.

The organizers’ main objectives for this conference are to continue to build the struggle for police accountability as well as stand in solidarity with the movement to free political prisoners. So far over 60 organizations from Florida to California have endorsed this conference and are slated to attend. At the conference, those attending will be hearing from activists in various movements, including addresses from Angela Davis as well as Chicago community leader Frank Chapman, Field Organizer from the CAARPR. Attendees will also hear from the families of police crime survivors and Chicago police torture victim families. There will be workshops ranging from building strategies for community control of the police to the fight against racist and anti-LGBTQ violence.

It hasn’t been since the Black Lives Matter conference in Cleveland, Ohio in 2015 that have we seen a conference dedicated to gathering so many activists in the Black freedom and other movements. As of July of this year, over 487 people have been killed by police. In 2018 that number was 992 and in 2017, 987, according to the Washington Post data on police shootings. These senseless killings show the need for radical reform and why it’s important to align all progressive forces that can be united to build a national fightback against police crimes.

“We are expecting hundreds of attendees and various fighters of the Black liberation movement, labor movement, movement to free political prisoners, along with other movements fighting for democracy and civil rights, to attend the reestablishing of the National Alliance against Racist and Political Repression,” said Frank Chapman of the CAARPR. “This conference will put forth a national agenda to win community control and fight for democracy in all movements.”

To register for the conference: https://naarpr.org/product/refounding-conference-registration/

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