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Published On: Tue, Oct 4th, 2016

Washington DC shut down over Brian Trainer’s shooting, killing Terrence Sterling, police not answering questions

1. From the PACA About Us page: PACA is explicitly anti-capitalist. We stand against all forms of race, class, gender and sexual orientation based oppression. We stand for full community access to resources to realize a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of individuals and families, including: food, clothing, housing, medical care, and necessary social services. (Emphasis added, The Dispatch)

2. PACA assumes the historic mission of Malcolm X in seeking to take the cause of African/Black people within the U.S. to the United Nations, elevated from an issue of civil rights to the level of human rights on the world stage. (Emphasis added, The Dispatch)

3. The Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum (MAWPF) is a collective of Muslim women of color and allies, who organize due to the legacies of colonialism at the intersection of state violence, anti-Muslim racism, and gender-based violence with a focus on the DC area. As women, we experience gendered forms of violence from the state, our communities, our families, and within intimate relationships; thus, we center our work on gender-based violence because too often we have been told it isn’t the right time to center gender. However, we also recognize that we hold multiple identities and aim to take an intersectional approach to understanding the various ways that Muslim women are subjected to multiple forms of institutionalized violence. And so it is based on this principle that we are in solidarity with oppressed communities, while also respecting the unique struggles of various communities, and refraining from cultivating hierarchies of oppression….The Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum is an anti-war, anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, anti-patriarchal, and anti-racist collective. We believe that all these forms of violence, such as capitalism, colonialism, poverty, racism, patriarchy, ableism, caste-based violence, Islamophobia, homophobia, and transphobia, create a world where the status-quo dehumanizes us as Muslim women. (Emphasis added, The Dispatch)

4. Stop Police Terror Project DC is an organization in the Washington D.C. area committed to changing the system of racist, militarized policing in our region. We work to oppose police abuses and also to build community-led peacekeeping efforts to empower oppressed communities to deal with their own security concerns.(Emphasis added, The Dispatch)

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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