Monday, May 14, 2012

Wed, 5/16, Dorchester, "From DJ Henry to Trayvon Martin: Fighting Racism & Police Brutality"

6:30pm, Codman Health Center, 637 Washington St., Dorchester (map)

Join us for a discussion on police brutality and violence, including guest speakers and an open-mic section for people to share their thoughts and personal experiences.


Family members of DJ Henry, teenager from Easton, MA, murdered by police near Pace University

Brandi Chambray Artez - Boston Justice for Humanity

Corey Yarbrough - Hispanic Black Gay Coalition

Khury Petersen-Smith - International Socialist Organization

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On October 17, 2010, 20 year old Danroy "DJ" Henry of Easton, MA was fatally shot by Pleasantville, NY police officer Aaron Hess. As paramedics attended to the police officer who shot him, DJ Henry, still handcuffed, was left to die on the ground. The murder of DJ Henry, like that of Trayvon Martin, was not an isolated event. This happens all the time. This is the daily reality for what it means to be black in America. From the hundreds of thousands of Black and Brown incarcerated to the many more who are brutalized and harassed by the police everyday on the streets. The murder of DJ Henry proves that racism in the US is alive and well.

The brutal murder of Trayvon Martin became a rallying point for those fed up with a racist society. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country poured out into the streets to demand justice for Trayvon and his family--turning anger and outrage into protest and social action. We must do the same for DJ Henry.

Aaron Hess is still free. We need to fight for justice for DJ Henry and his family. We need to fight for justice for all the DJ Henry's and Trayvon Martin's and all the black people who are constantly criminalized and denied equal rights in this country. We must challenge the racism that relegates blacks as second class citizens and specifically we must challenge police brutality.

Come join the family of DJ Henry for a panel discussion on police brutality, racism in America and how we can fight for justice!

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