We Charge Genocide DC

Washington, DC
Protesters march across the city after leaving the Fourth District police station following a vigil for Karon Hylton-Brown on Thursday night. Tyrone Turner / DCist / WAMU 10/26/2020

We Charge Genocide Campaign

Because Evil is Something That You Work At

We Charge Genocide (WCG) is the historical campaign to the United Nations to hold the United States accountable for genocide against African Americans.

History of the Campaign
"We Charge Genocide"
The 1951 Black Lives Matter Campaign

by Susan A. Glenn
Mapping American Social Movements @ University of Washington web site
"We Charge Genocide" Chicago Delegation
The 2014 UN Shadow Report
with Black Lives Matter - Chicago
"We Charge Genocide" #chicopwatch web site
In 1951, the Civil Rights Congress (affiliated with the Communist Party) engaged in a campaign to hold the United States accountable for genocide against African Americans. These killings of unarmed Black men and women by police and by lynch mobs took place between 1945 and 1951.

The Civil Rights Congress drafted the 237-page petition arguing that even after 1945, the United States had been responsible for hundreds of wrongful deaths, both legal and extra-legal, as well as numerous other genocidal abuses. Leaders from the Black community, including William Patterson, Paul Robeson, and W. E. B. DuBois presented this petition to the UN in December 1951.
We Charge Genocide is a grassroots, inter-generational effort to center the voices and experiences of the young people most targeted by police violence in Chicago. Instances of police violence reveal the underlying relationship between marginalized communities and the state.

This is a relationship of unequal access to power and resources. This is also a relationship where violence is too often used by the police to silence, isolate, control and repress low-income people and young people of color in particular.  
We Charge Genocide: The Historic Petition to the United Nations for Relief from a Crime of The United States against the Negro People (1951)
We Charge Genocide UN Report, 2014

"We Charge Genocide" District Delegation

We Charge Genocide DC is the next chapter of this tradition; an inter-generational effort, populating the Human Rights sector within the larger Black Lives Matter DC movement.

In the continued struggle for Black liberation, We Charge Genocide DC seeks to send a delegation to present evidence of police violence to the United Nations. The goal of addressing the United Nations, in following with the WCG mission, is to increase visibility of DC MPD and DC Police Union violence and call out the continued impunity of police officers who abuse, harass, and kill people of color in The District every year.

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