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Call out Black Day on Black Solidarity Day

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On November 7th, People’s Power Assembly NYC is calling for a National Day of Action: A Call Out of Work Black Day. (more info on the history of this day below)

NYC 4:PM-Marcus Garvey Park
7:PM-NYC SHUT IT DOWN People’s Monday

Ways to organize/help/get involved

BLACK PEOPLE
•Leave work •Call out •Take a sick day •Switch shifts
•Come to Marcus Garvey Park starting at 4pm to celebrate Black Solidarity Day
•Join the #PeoplesMonday march leaving from Marcus Garvey Park at 7pm
•Parents, keep your kids at home
•Parents, teach your kids something specific about Black History
•If you can’t take work off, bring Black History and Black Power and Liberation to work
•Talk with your black neighbors, friends, and co-workers about calling out black
•If not in NYC, plan an action in your city.

ANYONE AND EVERYONE
•Click Going as a Commitment to do something on this day
•Share the facebook event
•Come to Marcus Garvey Park starting at 4pm to celebrate Black Solidarity Day
•Join the #PeoplesMonday march leaving from Marcus Garvey Park at 7pm

WHITE ACCOMPLICES
•Click Going as a Commitment to do something on this day, and share the event page widely
•Cover a shift for Black people
•Help with organizing efforts
•Come to Marcus Garvey Park starting at 4pm to celebrate Black Solidarity Day
•Join the #PeoplesMonday march leaving from Marcus Garvey Park at 7pm

UNIONS/EMPLOYERS
•Give Black people the day off
•Refuse to retaliate against those who take the day off
•Consider this day a cultural holiday
•Find creative ways to allow workers to take the day off

TEACHERS
•Take the class on a field trip (Marcus Garvey Park)
•Be creative with your attendance
•Teach something specific about Black History

This action is being called on the historic Black Solidarity Day that was first called in 1969 as a day for Black Americans to reflect on and discuss the election candidates. Black Americans were asked to:

* Refrain from attending school or going to work.
* Wear all -Black clothing.
* Boycott white businesses and industry.
* Attend educational/cultural events addressing Black power and
liberation.

We are calling for this action because each senseless Black death takes a toll on our bodies, our hearts, and our psyches. We continuously see images of our children being enviornmentally poisoned, brutalized and killed by the state. We see the pain of mothers, fathers, lovers as they cope with the grief of losing their loved ones. We feel this pain and we feel the tone deaf anger of a world that refuses empathy. Many of us organize, mobilize, and fight back while facing waves of criticism, hate, and refusals to listen as we demand simple justice.

It is imperative that we take a step back to mourn and grieve collectively, as we denounce this unjust system. This is why we are calling for this national day of action. We are asking Black people to call out of work–Call out Black, on Monday November 7th. Let us tell our employer’s and the world, that our pain is real. Our grief is real. Our anger is real.

Please help us by planning and organizing a ‘Call out Black day’ in your city or state and we will help publicize and share these events.

On this day we are hoping that people gather in their communities and share their collective anger and grief as well as their collective hope and love. It should be a day of self-care, reflection and action: one that allows us to celebrate the liberatory beauty that is Blackness. We believe that expressions of love and collectivity allow us to gather strength to continue our battle that is a long way to being won.

We recognize that not everyone will be able to Call Out Black, but we encourage those who can’t to spread the word as well.

Specific NYC actions are still being planned: Stay Tuned or join us at our Wednesday meetings to help plan the actions.

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