On the evening of November 24, 2015, in Chicago, black youth-led organizers from BYP 100, We Charge Genocide, Fearlessly Leading the Youth, Assata's Daughters and Black Lives Matter Chicago organized a protest in response to the video release of the murder of LaQuan McDonald. Vic Mensa and Ty Dolla $ign were among those supporting the efforts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-lcY-Emtks&feature=youtu.be https://twitter.com/ZachStafford/status/669357892454191104 https://twitter.com/ajplus/status/669328946379534336 https://twitter.com/MalcolmLondon/status/669330064589389825 https://twitter.com/ZachStafford/status/669335274791510017 https://twitter.com/MalcolmLondon/status/669336692822818816 https://twitter.com/ajplus/status/669385342290538496 As someone who regularly supports these organizations' efforts at protests, I was not expecting last night to be a "walk in the park." There are already articles circulating about Chicago being the next "Ferguson." I presumed that there would be a strong presence from media as well as the police on all fronts due to the increasing tension in the city and the response on social media and elsewhere. Last night, my experience and that of other protesters was absolutely horrific and terrifying

Additionally, three other organizers were arrested for misdemeanors: Page May, Johnae Strong, and Troy Alim

https://twitter.com/MalcolmLondon/status/669326293238984704 https://twitter.com/BYP_100/status/669348479374897152 https://twitter.com/MalcolmLondon/status/669339950391951363 Malcolm London, one of the leaders from BYP 100 was wrongfully arrested on trumped charges when we were demonstrating on Roosevelt and Michigan. Lauded as the Gil Scott-Heron of his generation by Cornel West, Malcolm London has impacted people well beyond Chicago with his poetry and work in activism. He, along with other young black organizers, declined to meet with Mayor Rahm Emanuel earlier this week ahead of the release of the video. One of the protesters, Britteney Kapri, educator, playwright, poet and Chicagoan, details her perspective in an exclusive video of what happened when Malcolm London was arrested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-lcY-Emtks&feature=youtu.be Protesters, including myself, took to social media to share eyewitness accounts of the behavior of the police last night and: https://twitter.com/RaychJackson/status/669376888993939456 https://twitter.com/RaychJackson/status/669377152836640768 https://twitter.com/RaychJackson/status/669377453249425408 https://twitter.com/VicMensa/status/669564485611356160 https://twitter.com/lowkeydimo/status/669426769712316416 https://twitter.com/lowkeydimo/status/669427459079733248 https://twitter.com/lowkeydimo/status/669427782645104641 https://twitter.com/lowkeydimo/status/669428109150695424 https://twitter.com/lowkeydimo/status/669428350381916160 https://twitter.com/lowkeydimo/status/669428770177163264 https://twitter.com/lowkeydimo/status/669430025096163328 https://twitter.com/lowkeydimo/status/669430322430349314 https://twitter.com/lowkeydimo/status/669433146128113664 https://twitter.com/Damon_AF/status/669538502074376192 https://twitter.com/Damon_AF/status/669543019029377024 https://twitter.com/Damon_AF/status/669543362312187904 https://twitter.com/Damon_AF/status/669543840571908096 https://twitter.com/Damon_AF/status/669567947082489856 https://twitter.com/Damon_AF/status/669568164246761473 https://twitter.com/fenix_rising_/status/669440323534364672 https://twitter.com/fenix_rising_/status/669440381566763008 Media outlets shared video as well: https://twitter.com/AP/status/669425248169795585 The initial three organizers who were arrested were eventually released: https://twitter.com/BYP_100/status/669431787932794880 Local community organizers, activists and supporters around the country amplified the #FreeMalcolmLondon hashtag encouraging people to call and demand the release of Malcolm London: https://twitter.com/BYP_100/status/669371196677480448 https://twitter.com/BYP_100/status/669371482020184064 https://twitter.com/BYP_100/status/669572018929463297 https://twitter.com/thewayoftheid/status/669542757342568448 https://twitter.com/RahielT/status/669541705520160768 https://twitter.com/Luvvie/status/669541604823183360 https://twitter.com/kevincoval/status/669531570517229569 https://twitter.com/fakeshoredrive/status/669536773416972290 https://twitter.com/stopbeingfamous/status/669536968594845696 https://twitter.com/stopbeingfamous/status/669404345402789890 https://twitter.com/deray/status/669537921414877184 https://twitter.com/VicMensa/status/669569961476558848 https://twitter.com/VicMensa/status/669564112658001920 https://twitter.com/NonameGypsy/status/669570782830264320 https://twitter.com/DonnieTrumpet/status/669581066282205184 Local alderman Roderick Sawyer spoke out as well, asking for the release of Malcolm London: https://twitter.com/RoderickTSawyer/status/669524645293387778 BYP 100 members, and other local organizers and supporters gathered to provide community support at his bond hearing earlier this afternoon: https://twitter.com/laurenmialki/status/669588246897287169 Charges against Malcolm London have since been dropped as of the afternoon on November 25, 2015. https://twitter.com/laurenmialki/status/669601188464222213 https://twitter.com/stopbeingfamous/status/669604150808825858 https://twitter.com/chrisdilts/status/669606598487199744 The others who were arrested, however, are still facing charges for misdemeanors and one is facing a felony charge as well as misdemeanors. In the latest press release from Black Lives Matter Chicago, they included the following demands:
BLMChi continues to demand: •The immediate discharge and pension revocation, and prosecution of Dante Servin, George Hernandez and Jason Van Dyke. • The identification of Dakota Bright’s murderer. • The immediate closing of Homan Square and all other unknown “black sites”. • The upholding of our Constitutional right to peaceably assemble. We Demand CPD immediately drop the charges of all arrested. #LaquanMcDonald #16at17 #StopTheCops #FundBlackFutures
For information on how to donate to bail support, Black Lives Matter or BYP 100, follow this link to Black Lives Matter Chicago's press release here.