Social justice organizations are planning “96 Hours of Direct Action to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy,” from Friday Jan. 15 through MLK Day on Jan. 18, taking to the streets in honor of King’s memory to oppose racism, economic injustice and global militarism.
Among those planning the protests are the Anti Police-Terror Project, Black Lives Matter and other social justice groups that organized MLK demonstrations last year.
According to a press release by the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP), the actions that will be taking place are meant to “disrupt business-as-usual because business-as-usual is an out-of-control epidemic of police terror.”
“We want these actions to meaningfully interrupt business as usual whether that be with direct action, teach-ins, concerts or prayer vigils,” according to the press release.
Dozens of social justice organizations will be participating in their own actions in collaboration with APTP and in agreement with a common list of demands for MLK weekend.
These demands include the resignation of Mayor Libby Schaaf, the immediate firing of OPD Chief Sean Whent and SFPD Chief Greg Suhr, and the immediate reallocation of city budgets from police departments to funds that provide affordable housing so that Black and other communities of color can remain in San Francisco and Oakland.
Last year’s MLK weekend in the Bay Area saw over 60 demonstrations that resulted in the closure of the Coliseum BART Station and a student-led shutdown of the San Mateo Bridge. The protests culminated in a march of 7,000 people in Oakland.
“This year we’re asking people to come out with us for the big march on Monday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. at Oscar Grant Plaza,” said Cat Brooks of APTP. “It’s going to be a family friendly event with teach-ins, live music and educational speakers.”
According to Brooks, this year’s actions will focus on a different theme each day. Friday will be devoted to highlighting issues of gentrification in San Francisco and Oakland. Saturday will focus on unique problems affecting communities in Oakland, while Sunday will bring attention to San Francisco.
Monday is the main march, where all are encouraged to show up at Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of Oakland City Hall at 11 a.m. and march in honor of King’s legacy.
For those looking to participate in or plan an event for that weekend, APTP will be holding its next planning meeting on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the OMNI Commons at 4799 Shattuck Ave in Oakland.
For more information on how to get involved and a schedule of planning meetings, visit antipoliceterrorproject.org/new-events/ or follow the Second Annual #96Hours of Direct Action to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy on Facebook.