Date(s) - Sunday, Aug 30
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library
When George Floyd was slowly murdered in the streets, Denver and Aurora, like cities all across the country, saw themselves. Our communities too have long suffered under the knee of the racist police and white supremacy. We are now entering the third month of uprising, and demonstrations continue with no sign of stopping, demanding justice for the victims of the police in our own community and an end to all forms of racist violence.
The police and their racist backers are united in their determination to put down the powerful nationwide movement that is sending shudders through the entire racist system. On Saturday, July 25, our protest demanding justice for Elijah McClain, who was murdered in August 2019 by Aurora Police, was violently attacked by two white supremacists. Protesters had taken over the highway when a Jeep broke through the barricade of cars shielding the crowd to hit the protesters. Fortunately, a driver in a truck at the rear of the crowd swerved to intercept the Jeep and slowed it enough to give protesters moments to clear the road. The Jeep sped through the scrambling crowd at top speed and exited the highway, where it pulled up behind an Aurora Police car and was given assistance. The two white men from the Jeep were not arrested and when their severely damaged car was towed, they were given a ride in a police car without handcuffs. Aurora Police confirmed they made no arrests.
This attack was nothing less than white supremacist terrorism intended to halt the advance of the anti-racist struggle. Just as white supremacy resisted the advance towards equality during Reconstruction and the Civil Rights movement, so it does today. It is critical that in these moments, we stand together as a community and demonstrate our commitment to carrying forward the struggle against racism.
Please join the Party for Socialism and Liberation and the Frontline Party for Revolutionary Action on August 30 for a march bringing together Denver and Aurora to demonstrate our unity and determination in the fight against racism and police violence. ***Attendees are invited to march on foot or in their cars.*** We will begin our march at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Aurora and march down Colfax to end at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial at City Park in Denver.
If your organization would like to endorse this demonstration, please message the Party for Socialism and Liberation – Denver Facebook page.
Please stay tuned for opportunities to volunteer and otherwise support this event.
Let us not forget that we still need justice for:
Elijah McClain, murdered by Aurora Police at age 23
William Debose, murdered by Denver Police at age 21
Alexis Mendez-Perez, murdered by Colorado DOC at age 16
Jessie Cedillo, murdered by Pueblo Police at age 20
De’Von Bailey, murdered by Colorado Springs Police at age 19
Paul Childs, murdered by Denver Police at age 15
Dion Damon, murdered by Denver Police at age 40
Michael Marshall, murdered by Denver Police at age 50
Jason Gomez, murdered by Denver Police at age 33
Jessie Hernandez, murdered by Denver Police at age 17
David Baker, murdered by Aurora Police at age 32
Marvin Booker, murdered by Denver Police at age 56
Paul Castaway, murdered by Denver Police at age 35
Ryan Ronquillo, murdered by Denver Police at age 20
Joseph Valverde, murdered by Denver Police at age 32
Odiceo Valencia-Lopez, murdered by Denver Police at age 45
Naeschylus Carter-Vinzant, murdered by Denver Police at age 37
Jeffrey Melvin Jr., murdered by Colorado Springs Police at age 27