We are Detroit Will Breathe, a highly mobilized, mass movement formed on the streets of Detroit in the midst of an international revolution against police brutality and violence. By using militant resistance and mass collective actions, as we did when we lifted the racist and unjust curfew, our collective has and will continue to achieve meaningful local reforms, and join with our brothers and sisters across the globe to oppose any and all forms of police brutality, systemic racism, and exploitation. Detroit Will Breathe understands that its strength is in the power and collective actions of the movement. We do not cooperate with police, politicians, or community leaders who are ultimately seeking to stop the movement by asking us to compromise and settle. We are proudly autonomous and are of and for the people. Locally, we demand that immediate changes be made to the racist and classist policies of the Detroit Police Department, which like all police departments, acts as a means of oppression to our most vulnerable communities.
We stand in solidarity and demand justice for our undocumented brothers and sisters who are being brutally attacked by both police departments and hunted by ICE agents.
We stand in solidarity with our LGBTQIA siblings who are not only brutally assaulted by police, but regarded as not worth protecting.
We stand in solidarity with our homeless brothers and sisters who are used as punching bags and criminalized because of their class by the police.
We stand in solidarity with our mentally ill brothers and sisters who are harassed, tossed aside, and abused by the police.
Detroit Will Breathe is formed on the principle of radical Black love; love so strong it will not allow us to stand by, while anyone is subject to the brutal and senseless violence of the police.
Israel, where police confine our Palestinian brothers and sisters by policing illegal borders and by shooting Palestinians in the legs and kneeling on their necks, is where the United States sends members of the police to train to learn even more brutal and deadly tactics for inflicting harm on Black bodies, for inflicting harm on poor bodies, and inflicting harm on those who dare to stand in solidarity with each other.
We invite everyone to join and stand with us in this historical battle against racism and oppression and to create the world that we deserve.
You can help by contributing funds to push Detroit Will Breathe into the future.
Funds have so far been used for operational costs and to provide supplies to our organizers, marchers and volunteers:
-Food and Beverage: for marches and rallies
-Operations: equipment like walkie talkies, phones, gas for support cars, rent for meeting space, web-hosting
-Medical and Safety: supplies for medics and donations to 313 Care Collective
-Printing and Media: providing printed flyers and tape for our canvassers, graphic design
-Emergency Funds: medical bill donations, bail money not provided by bail funds
Moving forward, as we march less, due to Covid lockdowns and extreme weather, our operational needs may evolve and change. We are committed to making sure each campaign update includes an expenditure report, complete with category, dollars spent, and percentage of total, so we can be as transparent as possible.
Additionally, any donations made after the re-launch of this campaign (12/11/20) may be used in part to help with our federal lawsuit against DPD and The City of Detroit. Should our legal fundraiser raise enough funds to cover legal expenses, all general funds will be untouched. If you do not wish for your donation to potentially go towards litigation costs, please note this in your donation comment. For more information on the federal lawsuit and cost please head here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/detroit-will-breathe-federal-lawsuit-fund
Power to the People!
Dare to Fight, Dare to Win!
No Justice, No Peace, Fuck These Racist Ass Police!
Detroit Will Breathe
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Photos by Marc Klockow!