We committed ourselves to seeking justice for Jayson and others killed and hurt by police in Bridgeport and across the state of Connecticut. A year after Jayson was killed, Corbin Cooper, 18 years old, was killed by Bridgeport police. His death, like many others, was not counted as police murder and was never investigated. Over the last three years, more than 30 people have been killed by Connecticut police. Most of those killed have been Black and Brown youth under the age of 25. When we shared this with a congregation gathered in New York for Eric Garner last year everyone gasped, no one knows about Connecticut. We have been in a state of emergency for a long time.
Our collective of organizers has been building an abolitionist movement in our state. Over the last three and a half years, our organizing has grown a movement for justice that seeks to dismantle the system of policing and connected systems of violence. We organize each day in our communities for the abolition of police and the prison industrial complex. This means we also must work to end white supremacy, patriarchy, transphobia and capitalism, because these forces of oppression rest on each other.
Our organizing involves direct action to challenge and reduce the power police have and other interventions to dismantle systems of policing and punishment. Our campaigns seek to force police out of schools, end gang policing initiatives that target and incarcerate our youth, and move funding away from policing and incarceration towards community needs, education, and health. Since being trained by Critical Resistance last year, we have been doing statewide abolitionist education to change the standard of thinking around policing and incarceration in our state and our collective ability to imagine and carry out resistance and revolution. We hope to transform who has access to this knowledge and who has the power to organize; for this upcoming year, we will be working to grow a youth-led movement to defund and dismantle policing in Bridgeport.
Within our community, because we do not rely on police and seek to build community systems of care beyond the state, we do not call police and are each other's first responders in times of need and crisis. We are committed to building community responses to crisis that do not rely on systems of violence and the logics of punishment. Our organizing is currently unfunded. We pay for everything ourselves. We have not had time to fundraise and we are not a 501(c)(3). Please consider supporting our work.
Your donation would go towards the following: bail support; print and digital media, banners, posters, flyers, and art for abolition; sound systems and megaphones; mutual aid for families and those impacted by police violence; mutual aid for our organizers; direct action work; legal defense funding for those criminalized by police; venues for events and conferences and community spaces for abolition.
Thank you for support. In this unprecedented moment of national calls to defund police, we are prepared to advance our organizing and build justice at a depth and scale we never imagined would be possible.
- Nash Keyes
- Kendra Murphy
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