My First Protest

Vic Stizzi

Since my first encounter with the force of the Black Lives Matter movement, everything after was one perfect fitting piece after the other.

I was walking through Soho to get to the West Broadway area when a large crowd, just two blocks away, caught my attention. I stood where all the shopping stores had boarded up their windows, splashed with rebel art… staring at this (what I can best describe as) river of music bending at Canal Street. I could not help but gaze, amazed at the solidarity… And then… it happened.

My feet, slowly, one after the other took steps toward the sound of excitement… I couldn’t believe it. The sound of adventure… there was no plan at this point. The sounds… which were never heard outside my own rant whenever my boss needed an ego-boost and I was on the other end. Whenever the police needed to make quota and I was on the other end. Or whenever someone chose to be miserable over rebellious… and I was on the other-fucking-end… NEVER have I heard such angry youthism outside me. My feet… they walked… from that “other end”.

As I gravitated to the crowd, I remember being behind them as they were on the street and I, on the sidewalk. Then I was in the street, slowly working through the crowd towards the center and slowly learning the chants – No Justice… No Peace! Wake Up! Wake Up! This Is Your Fight Too!! ONE! We are the People! TWO! SAY IT LOUDER! THREE! WE WANT JUSTICE! FOR! THE! PEOPLEEEEE!! I shouted with my fist in the air and now in the front of the crowd, witnessing the stars and planets which the night cast over whenever injustice shows its face! I became a planet revolving around the movement… and now front-row seated, witnessing the welcoming crowd of Occupy City Hall… AKA… Abolition Park.

1. Follow The Growing Movements

2. Educate Yourself

  • The End of Policing (Alex Vitale)
  • The New Jim Crow (Michelle Alexander)
  • Are Prisons Obsolete? (Angela Y. Davis)
  • Abolition Now!: Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex (Anthology)
  • Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America (Kristian Williams)
  • 13th & When They See Us (films by Ava DuVernay)
  • The study guide at aworldwithoutpolice.org
  • MPD150.com


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