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NYC or Online: Join Dr. Cornell West & Carl Dix For Talk on Ending Police Murders Thursday!

To any and everyone If you live or are in the NYC area on August 27th starting at 10:00am this is an event and opportunity you don’t wanna miss out on! Join Dr. Cornell West and Carl Dix in racist copsa much needed discussion regarding how to bring an end to the police terror, murder, beatings and harassment going on in the Black and brown communities. It’s long past time for this talk; if you’re able please join! (Address below)

” When your children ask you, what did you do when the police were killing black & brown people. What will you tell them? #riseupoctober ”

Though I live in NYC I’m outta state at the moment and upset because I have to miss it… However, if you are like me and can’t be there in person, whether you’re in LA or elsewhere, you can watch the livestream on the site below:

” Live from #Harlem: 8/27 Join  @CornelWest @Carl_Dix, @GbengaAkinnagbe, victims of police terror & more http://stopmassincarceration.net/ #riseupoctober

From here on I’m copying and pasting info, at the end you’ll find the link to the original website should you want to check out more suggested tweets, etc. As this goes on all of us that can’t make it are asked to join together and create a twitterstorm. See the link at the end of this page for more information and let’s get this started!

Let’s UNITE and stop this fatal war the police are giving, a war which the government is allowing. A war that’s leaving Black children afraid of the police (I know because I work with a group of kids that are TRAUMATIZED due to the fear that they may be next; and they are under 12!). A war that has killed, brutalized, stolen and abused the people for far too long.

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Carl and Cornel will be joined by the families of people killed by police, including Nicholas Heyward Jr., Tony Robinson, Justus Howell, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, and other families. In addition, hear Rev. Willie Francois III, Jamal Joseph, Marsha Coleman-Abedayo, Noche Diaz, Rev. Stephen Phelps, Rev. Jerome McCorry, Gbenga Akinnagbe and other special guests.

Starting Wednesday at 10:00am est and going til Thursday leading into the event.

 
Thursday, August 27, 6:30 pm
Live & free at First Corinthian Baptist Church
1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. @ 116th St., New York City
or Live streamed free at stopmassincarceration.net

The purpose of this twitterstorm is to get people all over NYC and around the country hearing the leaders of this movement, Carl Dix & Dr. Cornel West, speak on What We Must Do to STOP Police Terror & Murder.

Starting Wednesday at 10:00am est and going til Thursday leading into the event.
 
Thursday, August 27, 6:30 pm
Live & free at First Corinthian Baptist Church
1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. @ 116th St., New York City
or Live streamed free at stopmassincarceration.net
 Here are some ideas for tweets…A Reminder…. Please do NOT simply retweet, instead you need to copy and paste so that it reaches many more people and helps the hashtag go viral  . =]
Directions for twitterstorm
Use these tweets or create your own using the #RiseUpOctober hashtag
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Thursday, 8/27 6:30 pm. @CornelWest & @carldix
#RiseUpOctober @ First Corinthian Baptist Church in #NYC or watch live http://www.stopmassincarceration.net
In #NYC! Come hear @CornelWest and @Carl_Dix on What we MUST DO to STOP POLICE TERROR!
Police continue to MURDER! Too many still sit on sidelines. Which side are you on? www.stopmassincarceration.net #riseupoctober
@hspirit13 had his son murdered by NYPD. Hear him speak and Tune into #RiseupOctober event on Thursday –> http://bit.ly/1i0xr2S
Sign the call from @CornelWest and @Carl_Dix for #RiseupOctober http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1170/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18140 and tune in on Thursday http://bit.ly/1i0xr2S
People have struggled, resisted, risen up against police terror  This must go on, go further and you must throw all in! http://bit.ly/1i0xr2S  – #RiseUpOctober
For more tweets, please visit this link.
Please Share and GET INVOLVED; IT’S PAST TIME WE UNITE AND FIGHT THE REAL ENEMY!

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?

Status of Police Whom Murdered 7 Year Old Aiyana in Detroit …

Aiyana_JonesIn the past I wrote a post about young Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7, and the horrific murder she endured at the hands of police officers who raided the wrong apartment. Even though a neighbor had warned the team that children were inside the apartment they planned on raiding, the police carried on with their MP5 sub-machine guns and stun grenades.

Aiyana had just fallen asleep in the living room of her grandmother’s house in Detroit when they began their attack, ending with the loss of a 7 year old child’s life by an officer’s gun. The trial against the cops who murdered the child is ongoing, words cannot describe the disgust I feel more and more each day towards cops.

One thing I must note is what one cop said in trial that puts my anger over the top. When the prosecution asked if knowing children were in the apartment (as they of course deny knowing even though a neighbor testified they in fact did know) would have changed their tactic, he said probably not, showing the care for children as well as risking the life of 7 year old Aiyana isn’t something he considers important. Child and human safety is not vital to him; knowing this, how can anyone expect me or anyone else to respect and trust cops?

If we must have cops then we need a better system than this. But we never will have it, for the system is corrupt from the top officials to the lowest.

Below is an article written by Corey Williams, link and such follow.

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Beneath a multi-colored quilt of Disney cartoon characters, 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones lay peacefully on the living room couch of her grandmother’s first-floor flat on Detroit’s east side.

Mertilla Jones lay at the other end, having recently put the girl to sleep.

Within seconds – maybe as few as three – a stun grenade smashed through a window, exploding over the couch. Armed, black-clad and masked police officers swarmed into the living room and, moments later, Aiyana lay bleeding to death with a gunshot wound to her head.

“As soon as they came in, their guns were just pointing right there, and he pulled the trigger,” Aiyana’s grandmother, Mertilla Jones said Monday of Joseph Weekley during the Detroit police officer’s involuntary manslaughter trial in Wayne County Circuit Court. Continue reading Status of Police Whom Murdered 7 Year Old Aiyana in Detroit …