STOP MASS INCARCERATION: Mafia-Style Threats to Tarantino Escalate; Support for Movie Director Spreads

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NOVEMBER 5
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Carl Dix, co-initiator and lead organizer of Rise Up October, Family members supporting Tarantino available for interviews

Mafia-Style Threats to Tarantino Escalate;  Support for Movie Director Spreads

Carl Dix, BirthMoviesDeath.com Condemn Ominous FOP Warning
Today, Jim Pasco, Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based Fraternal Order of Police, the country’s largest police union, issued an ominous new threat against director Quentin Tarantino, saying the police have a “surprise” they’ll spring on him in addition to boycotting his upcoming film. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Pasco warned, “Something could happen anytime between now and [the premiere]. And a lot of it is going to be driven by Tarantino, who is nothing if not predictable…The right time and place will come up and we’ll try to hurt him in the only way that seems to matter to him, and that’s economically.”
Carl Dix, co-initiator with Cornel West of Rise Up October to Stop Police Terror, and spokesperson for the Revolutionary Communist Party stated today in response to Pasco’s threat: “Since January 1st of this year, 965 people have been killed by police, yet police union reps are calling for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s film and have said cops should refused Tarantino permits and police protection when he films. Now they are threatening to pull a ‘surprise’ on him. This is mafia style protection racket BS, and it’s the spearhead of intimidating people from daring to call out the brutality and murder police enforce and the whole system acts to cover up and justify.”
Today on BirthMoviesDeath.com, Editor-in-Chief Devin Faraci reacted sharply: “Pasco denied that was a threat, but that’s certainly a Mafioso-style veiled warning. The police could do any number of things, including cause trouble at the film’s premiere or wreak havoc on theaters showing The Hateful Eight; this is exactly the mob tactic where a made guy would advise a business owner that paying a protection fee would guarantee nothing bad happened to his business. We call this extortion. It is illegal. Even when cops do it (as opposed to murder, which seems to be legal for police).”
Faraci calls police brutality “real and it’s a major problem in America today,” and urged support for Tarantino: “Let the police boycott The Hateful Eight. We will be supporting Quentin Tarantino’s film in full, and I will be purchasing multiple tickets to see the film in its run, both in 70mm and digital presentations. Don’t let the police chill free speech. Don’t let the blue wall stand between us and justice.”
Support For Tarantino Spreads – Prominent Voices Speak Out
Support for Tarantino is spreading, as more and more prominent actors, writers, filmmakers and other voices of conscience speak out in his defense. To date they include:
Rise Up October co-initiator and representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party Carl Dix; Rise Up October co-initiator, professor and author Cornel West; actorJamie Foxx; actor Viggo Mortensen; actor Mark Ruffalo; filmmaker Michael Moore; author Joyce Carol Oates; musician Tom Morello; Grammy award winning jazz musician Arturo O’Farrill; actor and filmmaker Gbenga Akkinagbe; actor Ed Asner; actor and author Peter Coyote; filmmaker Charles Burnett; producer and Sankofa.org Co-Director Gina Belafonte; Native American activist and journalist Simon Moya-Smith; National Coalition Against Censorship; First Amendment attorney Martin Garbus; screenwriter, NYU adjunct professor Dan Therriault; radio host Roland Martin; director of Cocaine Cowboys Billy Corben; cultural critic, film historian, journalist Peter Biskind; founder, Rosenberg Fund for Children Robert Meeropol; author, filmmaker, playwright Jen Marlowe; filmmaker Shaul Schwarz; Bill Ayers; Zen Buddhist teacher, priest, scholar, and author Taigen Dan Leighton; Zen Buddhist priest and New Yorker Roshi Pat O’Hara
Click HERE for statements of support for Tarantino from over 20 family members of victims of police murder who were in NY for Rise Up October
Social Media Campaign #SideWithQuentin Launches
On November 4, Rise Up to Stop Police Terror organizers launched a #SideWithQuentin social media campaign. Within hours there have been hundreds of tweets with the #SideWithQuentin hashtag, including by actor Mark Ruffalo; musician Tom Morello, actor and filmmaker Gbenga Akkinagbe, producer and Sankofa.org Co-Director Gina Belafonte, and Native American activist and journalist Simon Moya-Smith. Author Joyce Carol Oates and filmmaker Michael Moore have also tweeted or posted on Instragram in support of Tarantino.
Carl Dix, Family members supporting Tarantino available for interviews
▪ Carl Dix and family member Alicia Kirkman in November 4 USA Today
* Carl Dix & Dr. Cornel West on WNYC
* Carl Dix at the October 24 Rally: “Let’s do all that we can to stop the horror of police murdering our people. And then let’s do even more because we gotta stop this”
▪ Carl Dix refutes attacks on Quentin Tarantino on Al Jazeera America
▪ Carl Dix on Fox’s Justice with Judge Jeanine on Saturday, October 31, and Megyn Kelly on Monday, October 26
▪ Carl Dix’s comments on #RiseUpOctober and the attacks on Quentin Tarantino in the Associated Press, The New York Times, Reuters, The Guardian, and The New York Observer
▪ Carl Dix on the Roland Martin Show
▪ Carl Dix Challenges Police Unions to Debate
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