Tuesday, July 10, 2012

VIDEO | No Justice, No Peace: Families of police brutality victims speak out at Socialism 2012


No Justice, No Peace: Families of police brutality victims speak out

Over 1,000 people gathered for this June 30 panel discussion from the Socialism 2012 Conference in Chicago, featuring family members of Alan Blueford, James Earl Rivera, Jr, and Ramarley Graham, all victims of police murder. How can we win justice for these families, and how can we continue to build a movement against the New Jim Crow?

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In the eyes of the U.S. justice system, if you kill a Black teenager, you're innocent until proven guilty. But if you are a Black teenager, you're already guilty when you get up in the morning.

These are two faces of the U.S. criminal justice system, where the priority is anything but justice and where racism infects every inch of it - what Michelle Alexander has rightly called The New Jim Crow.

Anger at this system is brewing in cities across the country. At the forefront of this growing movement are the families of the victims of police murder who are bravely taking a stand for justice and fighting for a world where these atrocities are a thing of the past.

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The panel features the following speakers…

Brian Jones
New York City Teacher and activist

A message of solidarity from Mumia Abu-Jamal
Journalist, author and political prisoner

Anton Ford
The Illinois Campaign to End the New Jim Crow and Assistant Professor, University of Chicago

Jack Bryson
Activist Against Police Brutality in Oakland, CA since the murder of his son’s friend Oscar Grant

A poem by Kenneth Foster Jr.
Formerly on Death Row, Serving Life Without Parole in Texas

Airickca Gordon-Taylor
Cousin of Emmett Till, Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation

Geori McCoy
Emmett Till Players
reading Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech

Adam Blueford
Father of Alan Blueford, murdered May 6, 2012 by Oakland Police

Jeralynn Blueford
Mother of Alan Blueford, murdered May 6, 2012 by Oakland Police

Dionne Smith-Downs
Mother of James Earl Rivera, Jr., murdered July 22, 2010 by Stockton, CA Police

Carey Downs
Father of James Earl Rivera, Jr., murdered July 22, 2010 by Stockton, CA Police

Constance Malcolm
Mother of Ramarley Graham, murdered February 2, 2012 by New York City Police

Franclot Graham
Father of Ramarley Graham, murdered February 2, 2012 by New York City Police

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
International Socialist Organization and columnist for SocialistWorker.org

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More information:

Alan Blueford
Read more about the story: http://socialistworker.org/2012/07/06/police-wont-tell-us-the-truth

James Earl Rivera, Jr.
Read more about the story: http://socialistworker.org/2012/05/24/justice-for-james-earl-rivera-jr
Sign the petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-james-earl-rivera-jr

Ramarley Graham
Read more about the story: http://socialistworker.org/2012/05/08/hold-these-police-accountable
Sign the petition: http://ramarleyscall.org/?p=848