Let’s Make History!

debra_sweetInterview with Rise Up October Steering Committee Member Debra Sweet:

September 29, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us

Revolution checked in with Debra Sweet, who is working out of the national office of #RiseUpOctober and has her finger on the pulse of the emerging movement for massive protest on October 24 in New York City and for actions on October 22 and 23. She is on the #RiseUpOctober Steering Committee along with Nkosi Anderson, Nellie Hester Bailey, Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Carl Dix, Alice Howell, James Lane, Rev. Jerome McCorry, and Travis Morales.

Revolution: Give us a sense of how things are developing for this historic event.

Debra Sweet: We are challenging people to become organizers for Rise Up October right now. Carl Dix recently shared this: “An NYU student working on #RiseUpOctober recently said: ‘I believe silence, like inaction, is consent. Anyone who is not participating in the sparing of lives, the urging of new practices, they are complicit in the deaths that we see reported.’ She is right. Let’s heed her words and together make history!”

Revolution: Give us a feel for what’s happening at the National Office.

Debra Sweet: People are getting in touch with us to get into this. I recently spoke with a Black student organization at Princeton, and they are forming a contingent and will be there. Also, we just heard from an NAACP at Hofstra University asking can they bring a bus.

Some important new developments are: We raised our first $10,000 of our goal of $100,000 in the first weekend of our crowd-funding project.

Revolution: Stop right there for a sec and give our readers the URL where people can go to donate.

Debra Sweet: It is https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/riseupoctober-stop-police-terror#/, but there’s a quick, easy one to remember: igg.me/at/riseupoctober.

Revolution: OK, we’ll pause for a moment to give people a chance to donate… And we’ll come back to this. OK, go on…

Debra Sweet: Also, Carl Dix will be the “Keynote Elect” at a major Night for Justice at NYU on October 1, promoting #RiseUpOctober. That event is at the Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, 7 to 10 p.m.

And, as your readers know, Steering Committee member Nkosi Anderson is featured in a powerful interview in Revolution newspaper/revcom.us speaking about how his faith tradition and moral convictions have led him to throw in with this historic effort (see “Interview with Rise Up October Steering Committee Member Nkosi Anderson: ‘Hey, enough is enough! We need to put an end to police terror and fight for a better world.’”).

Revolution: What’s happening in the faith community?

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