Facts & Statistics Sources National Poverty Rates By Race 27.% American Indians/Alaskan Natives (1) 26% Black https://www.oecd.org/officialdocuments/publicdis- 23.2% Hispanic/Latino playdocumentpdf/?cote=SDD/DOC(2018)1&docLan- 11% White 5 guage=En (2) More black men are in prison or jail, on proba- https://www.businessinsider.com/what-amazon-ceo-jeff- tion or parole than were enslaved in 1850, prior bezos-makes-every-day-hour-minute-2018-10 to the civil war 6 (3) On Justice 85% of Lawyers are White, https://poverty.ucdavis.edu/faq/what-current-pover- 5% are black, ty-rate-united-states#:~:text=The%20official%20pov- erty%20rate%20is,poverty%20rate%20was%2013.9%20 5% are Hispanic 7 And Equity percent. In the U.S. . . . (4) -1 in 3 black men will be imprisoned https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2020/02/27/ -1 in 6 latinos will be imprisoned examining-the-black-white-wealth-gap/ (5) -1 in 17 whites will be imprisoned 8 https://www2.census.gov/library/publications/2013/acs/ Black Americans are only 13% acsbr11-17.pdf Why we the people of America must stand of U.S. Population (6) unified to demand Justice and Liberty for all. Yet make up 40% of Incarcerated population 8 Alexander, M. (2010). The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarcer- ation in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: The New “blacks [are] nearly four times more likely Press. than other residents to live in neighborhoods (7) where the poverty rate was 40% or higher [...] https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/adminis- high-poverty neighborhoods in America often trative/market_research/national-lawyer-population-de- are characterized by poor schools, reduced ac- mographics-2009-2019.pdf (8) The dream of America was founded on the prin- cess to healthy food, high crime rates, and weak ciple of ensuring every citizen the right to life, https://www.prisonpolicy.org social institutions” 9 liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. (9) 99% of police killings from 2013-20019 have not https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2019/2019038.pdf As our country has grown, we have watched resulted in officers being charged with a crime 10 (10) helplessly as our government fails to uphold https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/ Police spend 7x as many hours training to shoot (11) these principles. than they do training to de-escalate situations 11 https://policeviolencereport.org/ 1/5 of the worlds prisoners are incarcerated here in the U.S. ~35% of Americans have an pdf @ https://tinyurl.com/BLMPDF1312 immediate family member who has been to prison or jail. These citizens will face discrim- no rights reserved ination in voting, housing, employment, etc. HiPowerPress 2020 which has negative multi-generational impacts. 8 JohnnyHiPower@gmail.com “...household net wealth is most unequally Now lets take a look at the way our system fails The war on drugs was started specifically distributed in the United States, where the those who are already struggling. By doing because Nixon saw Black Communities as a richest 10% of households own 79% of total this, we can get a deeper understanding of the threat, and under the pretext of fighting crime, wealth, while the richest 1% holds 42%” 1 frusturation which has recently led to massive intentionally began to destroy Black communi- protest ties. The citizens of this great country deserve more. The average wealth owned by a white family is As we work day in and day out, contributing to $171,000. The average wealth owned by a black “You want to know what this was really all the millions of dollars CEOS take home every family is $17,150. White families have a net about? The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the year. Jeff Bezos makes $2,489 per SECOND, average of 10 TIMES the wealth of a typical Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: while his company, Amazon, paid $0 in taxes black family. 4 the antiwar left and black people. You under- in 2018. Meanwhile, 12% of Americans live in stand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t Why is our society like this? Where does this make it illegal to be either against the war or poverty. Many of us struggle to find the money inequity come from? black, but by getting the public to associate the to put food on the table, pay medical bills, and provide a proper education for our children. hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, 2,3 In order to understand how we got to this point, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could its important to look at the history that has led disrupt those communities. We could arrest As our political leaders continue to stuff their us to the present situation. their leaders, raid their homes, break up their pockets, and bow to the demands of the rich, the poor and working class are left struggling. meetings, and vilify them night after night on Black Americans have faced unequal treatment the evening news.” The laws and policies they create do little to for the 400 years they have been a part of Amer- address the growing inequality of wealth in our ica. Its a common misconception that after ~John Erlichman, country. slavery was abolished, and after the civil rights Counsel and Assistant to president Nixon movement of the 1960’s, all the problems for By fixing the problems that make life so hard Black America simply went away. for the most vulnerable Americans, we will “Again we have deluded ourselves into all benefit greatly. By fixing these problems, Black communities have faced decade upon believing the myth that capitalism we will all enjoy more freedom. By fixing these decade of segregation, job discrimination, dis- grew and prospered out of the problems, we will be able to grow our econo- proportionate school funding and infrastructure Protestant ethic of hard work and my. By fixing these problems we will grow our funding, unfair media portrayal, higher arrest sacrifice. The fact is that capitalism country into a nation that is respected and once rates, stronger criminal sentencing and a host was built on the exploitation and again a beacon of freedom and equality. of other issues. All of these issues are stacked suffering of black slaves and continues againt Black Americans and cause their commu- to thrive on the exploitation of the poor Together, we can build a better world that nities to suffer. The inequalities in our system – both black and white, both here and takes care of everyone, not just those who are force people of all races to be forced into a des- abroad.” born into wealth. perate poverty from which there is little chance for escape. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.