FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 25, 2014
Reference: Pyxie Castillo, Chairperson, LFS-SFSU, firstname.lastname@example.org
FIL AM YOUTH IN SOLIDARITY WITH COMMUNITY OF FERGUSON
The League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State University (LFS-SFSU) stands in solidarity with the community of Ferguson, Missouri. We support those who’ve chosen to take to the streets since Mike Brown was fatally shot on August 9th, 2014. And we support those who again took to the streets on the night of November 24th, 2014 to condemn the announcement of the grand jury of Ferguson, MO to not indict Officer Darren Wilson. We are in solidarity with those who continue to demand justice for Mike Brown and all communities of color that face daily repressive and state-sponsored violence.
We recognize the culture of impunity that the United States perpetuates with its so-called, “justice system,” that has time and time again revealed itself as a system which only serves the privileged few and which marginalizes those seen as being of less worth by the imperialist society of the United States. We recognize white supremacy as a tool of the
imperialist United States. We are not surprised at the grand jury of Ferguson, MO’s decision, we are outraged. We are outraged that those in power will continue to go on as if Mike Brown’s life did not matter. We are outraged that men dressed in uniforms will continue to get away with the murder of black and brown youth. We are outraged that the system which will always fail to protect and serve the people continues to be that which judges who does and who does not get justice.
“We are no stranger to the grave injustices brought by the hands of the U.S. imperialist system. We know the bleeding wound of the community of Ferguson. It is the same wound that continues to bleed in the Philippines. It is the same wound that bleeds in Mexico, it is the same wound that bleeds in Palestine, and it is the same wound that bleeds in all communities of color that face daily repressive and state-sponsored violence. Alone, these wounds will kill us. That is what the system of U.S. imperialism wants. We must come together, we must organize and mobilize, and we must help each other to stop the bleeding by changing the system which aims to put holes in the bodies of our black and brown youth. Only then will we see justice.” – Pyxie Castillo, Chairperson, LFS-SFSU.
We urge all youth and students to stand in solidarity and join the growing movement against state-sponsored violence. From Mexico, Palestine, Ferguson, to the Philippines it is the youth who have been taking the lead and continually supporting the growing movement against state-sponsored violence. We cannot afford to remain complaisant any longer. To be passive in times of injustice only allows the system of injustice to continue. We can no longer wait for justice to be given, we must stand up and join the movement to demand and take justice for our communities, for those who’ve fallen victim, and for those who survive in spite of the daily repression of state-sponsored violence.
There is no justice in a system that’s inherently flawed. We can no longer rely on the system that allows the murder of our black and brown brothers and sisters. We stand with the people of Ferguson, Mexico, Palestine and the Philippines.
JUSTICE FOR MIKE BROWN!
BLACK LIVES MATTER!
BROWN LIVES MATTER!
END STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM!