Chicago’s Largest African-American Community Organization Reacts To Ferguson Injustice
“There is a place for you in the movement and we need you.”
Last night the grand jury decided not to bring charges against Darren Wilson for killing Mike Brown, an unarmed black youth. Katelyn Johnson, Executive Director of Action Now, which is the largest African-American community organization in Chicago, has released the following statement:
“The Ferguson verdict continues to ring painfully in my ears and my heart is reminded of Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” This verdict and its aftermath are not only about Darren Wilson and Mike Brown. They are human, flesh and blood, whose lives were tragically cogs in the wheels of a system, a principality that uses power to oppress and destroy.
This rage many of us feel is the manifestation of pain that refuses to be directed at a single target because the systems of racism intangibly permeate everything in America. But, rage isn’t enough. The solution is to organize people to fight power with power, and focus our rage on dismantling the systems by taking the power away from those who currently wield it towards our oppression.
We can fight back. Action Now stands in solidarity with the young people of Black Youth Project holding a 28 hour sit-in at City Hall. We continue to fight against the economic, housing, education, and prison principalities that use their power against us. The targets are the elected officials who pass laws and promote policies that further oppress the people.
There is hope, there is a better way, but we must be the agents of our own liberation. After the rebellion comes the revolution. We don’t have to feel powerless if we stand together as a movement of people with shared values and shared vision for the world as it should be.
Action Now has a message to all that are hurt and angry: Step out of your comfort zone and get involved. Be the change. Stand against injustice wherever it is found. Use your talents, whatever they may be, and fight back. There is a place for you in the movement and we need you.”