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“2 years ago today, Ryan Stokes, an unarmed Black man, was killed by KCPD. Ryan was his mother’s youngest child and only son. One racist act can erase an entire legacy. ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ ‪#‎RyanStokes‬‪ #‎WhyWeFight‬ For more info, visit RYAN Stokes Speaking Truth to Injustice.” Via One Struggle KC

These screenshots are taken from this video of Ryan’s Mother:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=54&v=uXAfPO2Is7I

This is one of many murders KCPD commits every year as well as their long history of brutality and war on the homeless. We are Ferguson. Everywhere is Ferguson.

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When I say, “abolish the police,” I’m usually asked what I would have us replace them with. My answer is always full social, economic, and political equality, but that’s not what’s actually being asked. What people mean is “who is going to protect us?” Who protects us now? If you’re white and well-off, perhaps the police protect you. The rest of us, not so much. What use do I have for an institution that routinely kills people who look like me, and make it so I’m afraid to walk out of my home?

My honest answer is that I don’t know what a world without police looks like. I only know there will be less dead black people. I know that a world without police is a world with one less institution dedicated to the maintenance of white supremacy and inequality. It’s a world worth imagining.

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6/25/2015

The children of Walter DeLeon, the 48 year old Latino construction worker who was shot in the head by LAPD in Los Feliz, spoke out against the way LAPD has been trying to criminalize their father. Their lawyer, Caree Harper, said  

“LAPD (is) trying to make up a reason why they shot another unarmed man of color. Everything they say should not be golden. Every word that comes out of their mouth is not gospel.”

Walter DeLeon is still in critical condition. Please have him and his family in your thoughts/prayers. 

The video can be found here.

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Some photos from #SayHerName a vigil in remembrance of Black women and girls who were murdered by police. The event was brought together by Kimberlee Crenshaw and the African American Policy Forum. Stop Patriarchy was an official sponsor of this event, along with many other organizations. The program was incredibly moving, emotional, and powerful. Representatives of the sponsoring organizations accompanied family members of those whose lives were stolen by police, and read pieces on what these people were like in their lives, and the circumstance of their murder. Many of the families had never done anything like this before. They were all extremely grateful to see so many people out there standing with them, and fighting to STOP murder by police.