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Find Your Local Rally for October 22nd, the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, Happening TODAY

” This October 22nd, stand with thousands across the country to express our collective outrage, creativity, and resistance in response to the crimes of this system. On October 22nd, WEAR BLACK, FIGHT BACK! ” – The October 22 Coalition

October 22 was been an important day for me for many, many years. It is the day of national police brutality protest. I’ve been taking part of this for at least a decade, missing a few years here and there yes but I never am away in spirit, usually always there in person, but sometimes sadly have had to miss. But I digress. I know protesting isn’t going to solve this issue.

However, I do think today is a day of duty to make sure everyone knows how angry we are, and that we are not going away. This protest has been going on since the late 1990s, and with more and more cities joining in, I hope everyone has a productive but also a safe day. Watch yourself and please know your rights for what they are worth. Protesting rights can be found here. [For what it is worth…Again, please be safe…]

Also tomorrow there is another important event going on in New York City. A court case over yet another murder by the police begins and as many people as possible are needed to support the family and cause. More information below, followed by a list of cities and your local events. First though, let’s take care of the two places I call home, but I’m gonna do it in reverse order, Newark first..

Newark, NJ, being one of those cities, as the poster below suggests. Today, October 22, at 3 pm in Newark, NJ, newark nj

“WE STAND UNITED IN DEFENSE OF OUR NEW CIVILIAN REVIEW BD AND WILL RALLY @ THE LINCOLN MONUMENT @ 3PM ” < Newark, NJ

And NEW YORK! STARTS AT 12pm TODAY!

As for my FIRST home, NYC, today at noon the rally begins at the steps of the Brooklyn Borough Hall. 

The page also included the following so I might as well: Take the 2/3 to Clark Street or Borough Hall, 4/5 to Borough Hall, A/C/F to Jay Street-Metrotech, R to Court Street.
March to Barclays Center for second rally follow. [Event Page HERE.]

And before the list of the rest of the cities, please note there is an important event is happening tomorrow, the 23rd. Please show up and show our numbers are not going down… We need the community now to unite more than ever…

“…in an upcoming court case against NYPD Officer Wayne Isaacs, who murdered Delrawn Small on July 4th of last year. The trail will start on 10/23 and is expected to last for 2-3 weeks. For morning attendance, arrive before 9 am to get through security/lines. Afternoon sessions begin after lunch around 2pm. Each day will probably recess sometime between 4-5pm.

Location: Brooklyn Supreme Court, 320 Jay Street, 2nd floorCeremonial Courtroom” Each day will probably recess sometime between 4-5pm.Txt (646) 302-8959 for any question you may have.

All Trains to Brooklyn Borough Hall “

You can access tomorrows event information by clicking here, which will take you to, like most of these event pages will take you to, the related Facebook group page, opening in a new tab.

I truly, truly hope we over flood the courts. I’m curious, how many of you can recall Delrawn Small’s killing? Especially those outside New York… Okay so later today I’ll either be putting up a post in Delrawn’s memory, or making a video; one of the two… After seeing how few people remember or know of this, it reminds me back when I was working in 2004…no one knew. And the few that did…

Anyway… For the rest of America, here ya go. If your city isn’t below, click here for the October 22 website and see what’s up; if nothing is going on, consider starting your own…Speak out, we need VOICES. We need action, honestly, but that’s another story…

>>> CALIFORNIA <<<

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA
3:30PM Gather at Arte Americas, 1630 Van Ness at altar for some Fresno Stolen Lives, followed by a march stopping at the jail, the sheriff’s office, the Fresno Unified School District, and ending at Eaton Plaza (corner of N and Mariposa) for annual vigil
https://www.facebook.com/events/117399395624119
~ October 22 Coalition-Fresno 559-250-2434 or 559-942-0708 (Irene) / IWAPGH@aol.com
~ Fresno Brown Berets – Autonomous Chapter https://www.facebook.com/Fresno-Brown-Berets-Autonomous-Cha…
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
12:00PM Gather at LA CAN 838 East 6th Street
2:00PM March to Mariachi Plaza with a stop in front of the Metropolitan Immigration Detention Center, with rally and performances to follow
Sunset vigil
https://www.facebook.com/events/1898849893768880/
~ October 22 Coalition-Los Angeles October22.LA@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/October22ndCoalitionLA/
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Other contacts:
~ Justice for Michael Nida II nidasrydas@gmail.com / http://www.michaelnida.com/home.php / https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-Michael-Nida-II/171901759570991
~ Revolution Club 323-331-1769 / revclub_la@yahoo.com / Social Media @revclub_la
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MERCED, CALIFORNIA
12:00PM Court House Square Park at W 21st Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/168699800377509
~ Autonomous Brown Berets de Merced https://www.facebook.com/MercedBrownBerets
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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
7:00PM Rally at Florin & 65th Street
Email Sac@ANSWERcoalition.org to endorse
https://www.facebook.com/events/126137701376097
~ ANSWER Coalition https://www.facebook.com/AnswerCoalition/
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
1:00PM-3:00PM March from Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 6401 Skyline Drive, to the San Diego Police Dept Southeast Station
https://www.facebook.com/events/115361632550189
~ San Diego Coalition for Racial Justice and Activist San Diego 619-871-9354 / info@activistsandiego.org / http://www.activistsandiego.org / https://www.facebook.com/pg/ActivistSD
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5:00PM Set up and poster-making at City Heights/Weingart Library and Performance Annex
5:30PM Know Your Rights and information distribution
6:00PM Opening Blessing by Grupo Danza Azteca Quetzalhuitzilin, Rally, Performances, and Candlight March to OLB Action on the I-15 Overpass
https://www.facebook.com/events/212940602471561
~ United Against Police Terror – San Diego uaptsd@gmail.com / http://uaptsd.org / https://twitter.com/UAPTSD / https://www.facebook.com/uaptsd
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
3:00PM For families directly impacted by police terrorism, monthly gathering at 5600 3rd Street in the Common Room
https://www.facebook.com/events/1735702040059785
~ Open Circle – Families United for Justice idriss.lives@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/pg/OpenCircleFamiliesUnitedForJustice
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Other contacts:
~ Stop Mass Incarceration Network Bay Area 510-984-3648 / stopmassincarcerationbayarea@gmail.com
~ Clarion Alley Mural Project https://www.facebook.com/ClarionAlleyMuralProject.org
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SANTA CLARA, CA
8:00PM Prayer Vigil for National Stop Police Brutality Day at Mission Church Plaza at Santa Clara University
https://www.scu.edu/events/…
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11:00AM-1:30PM Protest at the entrance to the SF 49ers Levi’s Stadium at
5201 Great America Parkway before the 49ers (Colin Kaepernick’s former team) vs Cowboys game at Levi’s Stadium
https://www.facebook.com/events/364942163918577
~ Refuse Fascism Bay Area 510-253-5551 / norcal@refusefascism.org / https://www.facebook.com/RefuseFascismBayArea
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SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA
5PM Remembering Andy & Honoring His Legacy at Andy’s Unity Park, 3399 Moorland Avenue
https://www.facebook.com/events/1792953674115996/
~ Justice for Andy Lopez 707-331-7389 (Ana Salgado) / https://www.facebook.com/andylopeznojusticenopeace
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>>> COLORADO <<<

DURANGO, COLORADO
6:30PM-7:30PM Rally/Vigil at Fort Lewis College Clock Tower, 1000 Rim Drive in solidarity with political prisoner Herman Bell
https://www.facebook.com/events/284575065359547
~ Durango Save the Kids http://www.savethekidsgroup.org / https://www.facebook.com/durangosavethekids
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FORT COLLINS, COLORADO
10:00AM Writing names of Stolen Lives on the plaza in front of the LSC at Colorado State University
https://www.facebook.com/events/287875555042771
~ Ethnic Studies in Action https://www.facebook.com/ethnicstudiesinaction
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>>> FLORIDA <<<

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
6:30PM Silent March from St. Augustine Old City Gates, down St. George Street, ending at the Plaza de la Constitution. SayTheirNames: Unity March Against the Repression of a Generation
https://www.facebook.com/events/121842015193096
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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
3:00PM at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum, 400 South Monroe Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/863928963775280
~ Tallahassee SDS https://www.facebook.com/tallysds/
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>>> GEORGIA <<<

ATLANTA, GA
National Stop Police Brutality Weekend (October 19-22)
https://www.facebook.com/events/177545596122657
On October 22:
3:00PM Rally at the CNN Center, 190 Marietta St NW
https://www.facebook.com/events/1929495543980711/
~ https://www.facebook.com/NationalStopPoliceBrutalityWeekend
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>>> ILLINOIS <<<

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
10:30AM Take a Knee – meet at the northeast corner of Michigan & Roosevelt at Grant Park for action in front of Soldier Field
https://www.facebook.com/events/139553756681479
~ October 22 Coalition-Chicago https://www.facebook.com/October22Chicago and Revolution Club Chicago https://www.facebook.com/revclubchi
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~ Stop Mass Incarceration Network Chicago https://www.facebook.com/SMINChicago
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>>> MINNESOTA <<<

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
Saturday, October 21
*NOTE NEW LOCATION* 5:30PM-7:30PM Remembering Minnesota Stolen Lives protest 4200 Cedar Avenue
https://www.facebook.com/events/152191358712703
~ Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) 612-874-7867 / http://www.cuapb.org / https://www.facebook.com/cuapb.org

Sunday, October 22
5:30PM – 7:30PM Community Dinner at 4200 Cedar Ave S
Ramona Africa Speaks on Police Brutality
https://www.facebook.com/events/741579972710323
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TWIN CITIES, MINNESOTA
11:00AM Take a Knee at US Bank Stadium (in front of Chicago Avenue)
https://www.facebook.com/events/872655839577989
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>>> MISSOURI <<<

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
3:00PM Rally and workshops at City Hall, 1200 Market Street, on Tucker side
https://www.facebook.com/events/352083671883384
~ Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression 314-332-1COB / capcr_cob@hotmail.com / http://capcr-stl.org / https://www.facebook.com/pg/RealLocalControlAndEffectiveCivilianReview
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4:30PM Protest at St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept at 1915 Olive Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/120753261953323
~ Expect US https://www.facebook.com/FrontLineA1
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SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
12:00PM Solidarity with St. Louis at Battlefield and Glenstone
https://www.facebook.com/events/484178605302171
~ Radical Activists in Demand https://www.facebook.com/RadicalActivistsInDemand
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>>> NEW JERSEY <<<

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
3:00PM March and Rally assemble at intersection of Springfield Avenue & West Market Street (by the Lincoln Monument)
https://www.facebook.com/poppicturesandvideos/photos/a.564231943645003.1073741894.297655323636001/1444181035650085/?type=3&theater
~ People’s Organization for Progress 973-801-0001 / info@njpop.org / https://www.facebook.com/poppicturesandvideos
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>>> NEW MEXICO <<<

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
1:00PM Gather at 4th Street and Marquette at Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, followed by march to rally at Federal Court House on Lomas and 4th Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/2031152737114275
~ Albuquerque Save the Kids https://www.facebook.com/AlbuquerqueSaveTheKids
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5:00PM Candlelight Vigil and moment of silence for Stolen Lives at 400 Roma Street
Organized by families of Stolen Lives – contact https://www.facebook.com/mary.jobe.92
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>>> NEW YORK <<<

BUFFALO, NEW YORK
4:00PM Screening of 13th at Raqs Solidarity – A Community Space, 322 Amherst Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/211150129424948
~ Buffalo Anti-Racism Coalition https://buffaloantiracismcoalition.wordpress.com / https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloARC
~ Buffalo Save the Kids http://www.savethekidsgroup.org / https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloSTK
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK
12:00PM Rally at steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall, followed by march to Barclay Center for second rally
https://www.facebook.com/events/121900851824869
Families of people killed by police should contact Juanita Young at 646-294-8344
~ October 22 Coalition-New York 866-235-7814 (toll-free voicemail and fax) / http://nyc.october22.org / https://www.facebook.com/pages/October-22-Coalition-to-Stop-Police-Brutality-New-York/87429681537
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Other contacts:
~ Hoods 4 Justice https://www.facebook.com/Nyhoods4Justice/
~ Urban Art Beat http://urbanartbeat.org / https://www.facebook.com/urbanartbeatinc/
~ BlackMatters blackmattersus@gmail.com / https://blackmattersus.com// https://www.facebook.com/blackmattersus.mvmnt/
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>>> NORTH CAROLINA <<<

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
~ https://www.facebook.com/GsO22-157996174964/
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>>> OHIO <<<

CLEVELAND, OHIO
~ October 22 Coalition-Cleveland ClevelandO22@aol.com
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COLUMBUS, OHIO
Friday, October 20
7:30PM-10:30PM Black Queer and Intersectional Columbus Art Against Police Brutality, 485 E Livingston Avenue
To donate or sell art contact Kris Keilhorn at iamlittlegoattt@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/1915297872061715
~ Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus blackqueercolumbus@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/blackqueercolumbus
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>>> OKLAHOMA <<<

TULSA, OKLAHOMA
3:00PM Protest at Tulsa County Courthouse at 500 S Denver Avenue
https://www.facebook.com/events/151818382093181
~ Aware Tulsa https://www.facebook.com/awaretulsa / http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/
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>>> OREGON <<<

PORTLAND, OREGON
~ Don’t Shoot Portland https://www.facebook.com/DontShootPDX
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>>> PENNSYLVANIA<<<

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
October 21-24: Disrupt IACP
https://noiacp.blackblogs.org/ and https://noiacp.blackblogs.org/…/october-21st-march-aboliti…/
Saturday, October 21st
10:00AM Gather to march from Thomas Paine Plaza
https://www.facebook.com/events/1538669419573848/
Sunday, October 22nd
12:00PM-2PM Teach-in outside Pennsylvania Convention Center at 1101 Arch Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/1756634317970858/
~ Philly Anarchist Black Cross phillyabc@riseup.net / https://www.facebook.com/Philly-ABC-114909635873633 / https://phillyabc.wordpress.com/
~ Philly for REAL Justice 267-544-7671 / phillyforrealjustice@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/PhillyforREALjustice / http://phillyrealjustice.tumblr.com/
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>>> SOUTH CAROLINA <<<

GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA
2:00PM-4:00PM Greenville Malcolm X Center-WMXP/95.5FM Upstate Black Lives Matter – come tell your story
~ October 22 Upstate, SC Coalition to Stop Police Brutality 864-901-8627 / october22upstatesc@gmail.com or enjericho@gmail.com
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>>> TEXAS <<<

HOUSTON, TEXAS
2:00PM Rally at Guadalupe Plaza Park at 2311 Runnels Street, march to follow
https://www.facebook.com/events/463650544022086
~ Brown Berets de TejAztlan Houston brownberetstejaztlan@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/BrownBeretsDeHouston/
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2:00PM Rally and mock funeral at Texas Southern University, starting at TSU Library, across from Cuney Homes, followed by march to where Alva Braziel was murdered
Call to get involved: 832-385-9212 or 713-505-8280
https://www.facebook.com/events/134706030506607
~ Justice for Alva https://www.facebook.com/Justice4Alva-641108196079959/ and Move Against Tyranny, Corruption and Hate
challengeandendcorruption@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/pg/moveagainsttyrannycorrutionandhate
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~ October 22 Coalition-Houston stopmassincarcerationhtown@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/o22houston
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>>> UTAH <<<

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
6:00PM Panel Discussion: “Beyond the Footage: Understanding Police Violence” at the Beehive Social Club, 666 S. State Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/178503852722566
~ Utah Against Police Brutality https://www.facebook.com/UtahAgainstPoliceBrutality
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
~ https://www.facebook.com/O22Seattle/
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TACOMA, WASHINGTON
2:00PM Moving viewing, story-telling and discussion at Tacoma Community College in Building 17
https://www.facebook.com/events/1466773936734392
~ The People’s Assembly thepeoplesassembly253@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly253/

Under Trump, Police Will Only Grow Worse

And to prove that, let’s look at just one example as to how. There are legal and other policy changes nationwide I’ve been following and will report on very soon. As for this post, I have to repost and go but this is important…I will expand on it from national and other aspects left out later when able.—

In the Trump era, are politicians and police becoming emboldened at cracking down on the First Amendment and those who criticize their policies?

In Memphis, it seems so.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis police have published a black list of political opponents who are not free to move about public spaces in the city.

The list of more than 80 persons includes political activists and persons who have spoken out about public policy or issues involving city government.  Many of them do good works with young people in the community.  Others appear for unclear reasons.

We are calling it the “A-List.”

The list even includes Mary Stewart, whose unarmed 19-year-old son was killed by police in 2015.  Also on the list: a preacher who married a gay couple; leaders of a peace and justice non-profit; Black Lives Matter proponents; persons who have been arrested for filming and observing the police; an independent journalist, and environmental activists.

This, while the city and the Memphis Police Department are operating under a 1978 Department of Justice consent decree against political spying.  MPD also has a policy against gathering “political intelligence,” and it has a policy against stopping people from filming the police and “express(ing) criticism” of police.

In a statement, the mayor’s spokesperson said the list includes persons who pose a “potential security risk” and who must be escorted by police when they are in City Hall.  However, there is no indication that any of the politically targeted persons has ever committed, been arrested for or proposed any violent acts, nor does the city make any such assertion of a threat of violence.

Those named on the list are weighing their legal options.

Link to the “A-List:” www.documentcloud.org/…

Link to 1978 DOJ Consent Decree: cdn.fbsbx.com/…

Link to MPD Policy and Procedures Manual DR 138: fnolan.com/…

Memphian Fergus Nolan, who was arrested for filming a police vehicle May 30, 2016, while he and others were supporting a greenspace action, discovered the A-List when police pulled him out of a City Council meeting on Feb. 7.  MPD Lt. Albert Bonner looked in a binder and told Nolan he must be escorted by police whenever he set foot in City Hall.

On his way into the Jan. 17, 2017, City Council meeting, police…

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Tamir Rice’s Mother Speaks On Police Accountablity & Politicians

Tamir Rice has held a special place in my soul since the day I saw him throwing snow up in the air, watching it crash down in front of him, only minutes before his innocent, precious life would be stolen and abused. As I’ve said,  Continue reading Tamir Rice’s Mother Speaks On Police Accountablity & Politicians

Bettie Jones, Black Female, Opens Door & Chicago Police Fatally Shoot Her

Below is a petition regaring Bettie Jones, a Black woman, age 55, and Quintonio LeGrier , both murdered by ONE Chicago Police “accidently” when she opened her door.  Though caught on camera, despite us seeing Black men, women and children being slaughtered left and right (for hundreds of years), and despite the fact that even the Chicago Police Department admits they did indeed shoot her… BUT THEY SAY IT WAS ACCIDENTAL…

So accidental makes it acceptable? No, of course not! But that doesn’t stop them from somehow managing to give us the same results as we always get: the police were not wrong.

See more information on Bettie Jones below and please sign the petition and share… Thank you….

Bettie Jones Black Lives Matter

The morning after Christmas my wife’s aunt, Bettie Jones, was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer. She was 55,  a mother of five with many grandkids, and in good spirits. She was active in her community and in church every Sunday. The Chicago Police Department admitted she was shot on accident as she answered her door.

We’ve seen nationwide the same repeating story. A police officer uses excessive deadly force with ample video evidence. Prosecutors send the case to grand jury instead of charging the officer. This grand jury process is postponed months or years to quell public outrage. Ultimately, a grand jury does not indict any officer of wrongdoing.

A grand jury “meets in secret, behind closed doors. Its proceedings are usually one-sided, and are very different from a trial. Unlike a public trial, the accused person is not present (unless he or she is called as a witness), nor is his/her counsel present (even if he is called as a witness). Also, witnesses are not cross-examined.”

On December 28, a grand jury decided that the officers who killed Tamir Rice RIP, a 12 year old playing with a toy gun in a park and shot within “2 seconds” of  officers arriving, would face no charges. A grand jury decided that 2 seconds is enough time to evaluate a situation and use deadly force against a child. This process continues to fail our society.

Police arrived after being called by Antonio LeGrier, who lived in the apartment above Bettie, when his son Quintonio LeGrier, “who was suffering mental problems” and, according to his parents, became aggressive against his father, threatening him with a baseball bat.” His father called the police expecting they would help him.

Bettie and Quintonio were both fatally shot by one police officer, who opened fire on Quintonio from a distance (shell casings were found 20 feet away). My aunt Bettie was struck in the chest by the officer’s multiple shots. That officer was called to diffuse the situation, not to shoot on sight, not to kill, but to protect human life.

This isn’t new for the Chicago Police Department. They are currently under investigation by the Department of Justice. But while that investigation takes place, I want to see uncompromising justice for my family and the LeGriers. That will not happen if this case is sent to a grand jury.

The grand jury process should not be used in the killings of Bettie Jones & Quintonio LeGrier and the process should be banned for police shootings, just as states like California have done.

Quintonio LeGrier was a very smart kid studying electrical engineering at NIU. He developed emotional problems after spending most of his childhood in foster care. Not a criminal, but a hardworking student and beloved son going through a hard time. My aunt was loved and did not deserve to be killed in her own home.

Please sign my petition calling on State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to not send this case to a grand jury and for the Illinois legislature to ban the grand jury process in Illinois police shootings.  

Student BlackOut Coming Up!

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****SECOND CALL BEFORE ACTION****

Over 300 callers on the first call from around the world! (Canada, UK, France, South Africa)

SECOND NATIONAL STUDENT CALL TO ACTION

SUN NOV 17 – 10PM EST

#StudentBlackout Conference Call

In solidarity with #ConcernedStudent1950

Join the growing movement to END campus Racial Injustice. Plan an action at your school.

Register: bit.ly/blackoutcall

Get the tool kit at BlackLiberationCollective.org

Check out our facebook after you register for the conf call!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1662524677349133/

The Blatant, SAD Double Standard for Black & White Victims

Below is a brief video I mad out of frustration regarding how police brutality, racism and accountability are different things for every person depending mainly on the color of your skin. I can’t wrap my head around that thought, but anyway…
In it I talk about cases I’ll be going into more depth over in upcoming videos, as noted, I took a break to get this off my chest; but it’s truth and I think that’s easy to see. *Before I go any further, no child should die, no person regardless of age or race should be murdered. My point here is why is there such a major difference in reaction to the murdering of a white child and the murdering of a Black child? In this video I talk about previous cases regarding children whose lives were stolen by police, but we need only look to present day to see the difference in treatment between Black victims and white victims. That is a simple and plain fact.

The media [for-profit media] will try to slander the character of any Black victim, trying to brainwash those watching mindlessly into believing that the police were actually in the right. Instead of blindly accepting their opinion and “statements” why not look into the issue yourself if you must judge? Or better yet; why is it we can’t see with great clarity that no one, especially a child, should be murdered by the police?

And when a child or a person of any age is killed or beaten, why are we not holding the cops to a higher standard; why are they allowed to walk…so long as the child is not white that is.

Jeremy Mardis death is tragic and my heart goes out to his family. But Tamir Rice and countless others (currently what the main video I’m working on, will post soon) don’t get the same treatment, attention, respect or closure and that’s not right; that’s not justice! All deaths by cops should at the very least be treated as Jeremy’s tragic and premature death. But the majority are not; regardless of age or circumstance… It all comes down to race; and that is a huge problem. A huge problem we all need to unite and fight to change…Together.

This, needs to change…. No matter the race, color, gender, etc- no one should be killed. But, dealing with the reality that too many innocent lives are being taken by cops in America we must face the facts. Racism is very evident, cops should NOT BE ALLOWED TO MURDER OR BEAT ANYONE WHOM IS NOT WHITE; THEY SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED TO MURDER PERIOD! That’s my point.

The thumb nail photo brings tears to my eyes; I work with kids who confide things like this; my friends kids confide feelings like this… To see the site, please visit http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/01/cleveland_students_racism_viol.html#3

Aiyana Stanley-Jones; Murdered by Detroit Police Officer

On May 16, 2010, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7 years old, was murdered in her sleep by Officer Joseph Weekley, who shot her in the head with his sub-machine gun. She was sleeping on the couch at her grandmothers house when Weekley and other officers raided the wrong apartment. This is a tragic but sadly perfeaiyan-jones-shot-by-cops-1ct example of how cops shoot without caution, care or out of “fear for their lives”.

After an officer outside threw a flash grenade threw the window and Weekley could see, he pointed the sub-machine gun (why do police need sub-machine guns?) at the precious 7 year old girl sleeping, and shot her in the head; killing her.

His defense? He claimed her grandmother tried to knock the gun out of his hands thus resulting in him pulling the trigger. There is no evidence of that, however. No finger prints but his are on that gun. No blood is on anyone’s hands but his own. It’s beyond me how he can sleep at night knowing he aimed his gun and killed a sleeping child and then lied, blaming the grandmother for his actions. She had been traumatized enough without his cruel words being spoken. How could anyone with a heart even fathom to kill anyone much less an innocent child; and then place the blame on the grandmother, who witnessed the entire thing? That is a special kind of evil.

Aiyana’s grandmother says she never touched the officer but instead ran towards her granddaughter, which makes complete sense for a human being to do in this situation. We don’t even need the physical evidence to know that what happened is exactly what her grandma said happened as it’s basic human nature. But the physical evidence should have helped.

It took three years before the officer was taken to trial. Weekley has been tried twice for this horrific crime, both resulting in deadlock or a mistrial. Interestingly enough, the defense proposed a motion that the judge at the first trial denied. The judge in the second case for some reason decided to approve the same motion, which dismissed the felony charge of “involuntary” manslaughter. Because of Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway’s decision to accept the motion by defense Aiyana’s case cannot be appealed under law. The defense attorney said the following in response:

“Today we personally informed the family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones that we have made a decision that we would not be going to trial for a third time in the Joseph Weekley case. It is unfortunate that Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway granted a directed verdict dismissing the felony Manslaughter charge, leaving only the misdemeanor count of Careless Discharge Causing Injury or Death. Under the law her decision cannot be appealed.  On Friday, January 30, 2015 at 9:00 a.m., we will move to dismiss the case.”

What a wonderful nation we have; what a wonderful legal system we have, that allows killers to get off and then ensure there are no more appeals or He swore to protect citizens, but that is the last thing he did. Police should be held to a higher standard than citizens when they murder someone; especially a sleeping child. Outrage should be seen across this nation; but nothing like that has happened nor will it.

Weekely is still on the streets as a cop. He has never been punished for this unspeakable crime. During the investigation he was placed on paid leave, which is nothing more than a paid vacation. That’s no punishment and he hasn’t had any form of discipline whatsoever for the murder of Aiyana Stanley-Jones.

How many more times do we have to go through this; how many times does police murder and beatings have to occur before the people, including you the reader get angry and we all unite against the true enemy?