Black Xmas

Left Voice on the Fight Against Police Brutality

This is a collection of articles by Left Voice writers and guest contributors on police brutality, Black Lives Matter, and the U.S. prison system. The fury, and dynamism of this past year’s mobilizations have etched the faces and names of Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Tyrone West, and many others into our memories. Often seen rallying under the slogan, “Black Lives Matter,” this movement shows the initiative and participation of black youth, queer, and trans people, and other communities of color that are subjected to police repression and some of the worst economic conditions. The new organization of black youth in particular and the growing resistance against police brutality raises important questions for the left and revolutionaries.

Chicago ‘Black Xmas’ Protests Demand Mayor’s Resignation

Black Lives Matter activists in Chicago have announced that they will hold a major demonstration on Christmas Eve in protest of the police killing of Laquan McDonald and the subsequent cover-up by police, city officials, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The protest, dubbed “Black Xmas,” aims to directly hit corporate profits on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.