Protest Signs

Posters and Signs are an important part of actions.  They provide visual context for the action and allow different segments of the population to voice the issues from their POV.

NOTES:

  • Whenever possible substituting women for man or girls for boys is great. We must remember than Black Women are also abused in this unjust system
  • Using specific names is always welcome – there you see (insert …) this is meant to indicate you as the protester should insert a specific name or word.
  • When you see ________________ that is mean to be a blank line for effect.
  • It is always good to include #BlackLivesMatter or #StopPoliceBrutality or #EndMassIncarceration to a sign
  • Feel free to email additional suggested to info@fergusonresponse.org

Name Specific Sign Texts:
I MARCH FOR (Insert name of unarmed POC killed by police)

Je suis Michael Brown, Tamir Rice

Black Women Murdered by Cops
Rekia Boyd
Aiyanna Jones
Pearlie Golden
Tarika Wilson
Mirium Carey
Shantel David
Tyisha Miller
Shelly Frey
Sheresse Francis
Shulena Weldon
Erica Collins
Adaisha Miller
Dolores Epps
Heather Parker


General Sign Texts:

JUSTICE FOR ____________!
(Because we’ll need a new name in 28 hours)

STOP “Defending Us” from our Beloved SONS

COPS KILL KIDS

STOP HUNTING MY PEOPLE

WE ARE ALL MIKE BROWN

I DON’T APOLOGIZE FOR MY BLACKNESS OR YOUR FEAR

DO NOT LEST RACISM RUIN OUR SOCIETY

STOP MAKING US LEARN NEW NAMES

THE SYSTEM IS GUILTY

AM I NEXT?

HELL NO I’M NOT ALRIGHT

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF IT WAS YOUR SON?

BIGGER THAN FERGUSON

2015 = 1964

RACIAL PROFILING KILLS

WE ARE A GREAT FORCE

YOU CAN JAIL THE RESISTERS BUT YOU CANNOT JAIL THE RESISTANCE

WE DEMAND CHANGE

Ferguson is everywhere
STOP Police Brutality & Murder

NOT ONE MORE

HANDS UP DON’T SHOOT

Respect Existence OR Expect Resistance

Indict the System

Black Women Matter

Black Lives Matter

WE ARE THE LEADERS WE HAVE BEN WAITING FOR

IMAGINE JUSTICE

YOU CAN NO LONGER EXPECT ME TO RAISE MY HANDS NAD LOWER MY VOICE

A Badge is NOT a license to kill

We will NOT be silent so that you can remain comfortable

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

The Justice System has a chokehold on Justice

What if it were you SON/DAUGHTER

THUG is the new NIGGER

The fabric of our society is torn apart by racism

The WHOLE SYSTEM IS GUILTY #ShutItDown

Police the Police

We come in peace to fight for justice

When We get Killed They Don’t Mourn US! They look for Way to Justify Out Death

An Unjust Law is NO Law at All

Year of resistance

Don’t Keep Calm – more black men are in prison today than were enslaved in 1850

Who do you call when the murderer wears a badge?

I Can’t Breathe

Being Black is Not a Crime

Let Justice Ring in 2015

No Justice No Peace


Appropriate signs for Young POC

I’m the future – DONT SHOOT

LET ME LIVE PAST 18

End the NEW Jim Crow #StopMassIncarceration

THEY KILL OUR DADDIES THE MAKE FUN OF US FOR BEING FATHERLESS

Do I look suspicious?

DON’T KILL ME, KILL THE BIND ON YOUR MIND THAT TELL U IM A CRIME


Appropriate Signs for Non-POC

HOW LONG WILL WHITE PEOPLE KEEP TRYING TO JUSTIFY THE MURDER OF BLACK PEOPLE?

Which Side of History Will You Be On?

They RARELY shoot Old White Guys Like me

#White Privilege

RACISM IS A DEADLY FORCE

White Silence is Consent for Police Violence

You don’t have to be BLACK to feel outraged

White America, Don’t turn away! Stand Up & bear witness to the injustice of our system #BlackLivesMatter

You can Choose to Look away, but never again can you say you didn’t know

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor

Silence is a choice #BlackLivesMatter

If MIKE BROWN looked like me he’d still be alive

THEY NEVER STOP & FRISK (insert protected class here) LIKE ME

Justice not “JUST US”

If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem

Perception Kills

Police Silence = Violence

White Privilege is Real and Wrong

Start Seeing White Privilege

Making Whiteness Visible

Fix this Racist System

Legislate to obliterate Racist Systems

Silence is alliance

End White Supremacy

Is my life worth more than Tamir Rice?

Acquiescence=Assent

I can’t Breathe because they can’t breathe


Quote Driven Signs

#ReclaimMLK

  • “All we say to America is ‘Be TRUE to what you said on paper.’ “
  • “No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
  • “When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong you cannot be too conservative”’
  • “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
  • “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
  • “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends”
  • “To accept injustice or segregation is to say to the oppressor that his action are morally right.”

#AssataTaughtMe

  • “I believe in the fire of love & the sweat of truth.”
  • “Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.”
  • “A wall is just a wall – it can be broken down.”
  • “We can’t afford to be spectators while our lives deteriorate. We have to truly love our people and work to make that love stronger.”
  • “A woman’s place is in the struggle.”
  • “Our desire to be free has got to manifest itself in everything we are and do.”
  • “How dare they call us terrorists when we were being terrorized? Terror was a constant part of my life….We lived under police terror.”
  • “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”
  • “Freedom is the right to grow, it’s the right to blossom. Freedom is the right to be yourself.”

#AngelaDavis

  • “Radical Simply means ‘Grasping Things at the Root’”
  • “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”
  • “This is not the way things are supposed to be. And they do not have to remain that way”
  • “We know the road to freedom has always been stalked by death”
  • “We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society
    If they come for in the morning, they will come for you in the night.”

#Frederick Douglass

  • “Without struggle there can be no progress.”
  • “The White Man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the Black Man’s misery.”
  • “The Soul The is within me no man can degrade.”
  • “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
  • “I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”

 

4 thoughts on “Protest Signs

  1. Sign suggestion for raising the minimum wage: It is called a living wage for a reason– so people could afford to live!

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