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Vigil for #KaliefBrowder, a young man who took his own life after years of reliving the trauma of spending three years in an adult prison beginning at the age of 16, for the crime of stealing a backpack in which he never was convicted. His wrongful imprisonment is another example of the flawed justice system that has stolen the lives of so many innocent people. 

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#SayHerName: A Vigil in Remembrance of Black Women and Girls Killed by the Police. Although Black women are killed, raped and beaten by the police, their experiences are rarely foregrounded in our popular understanding of racialized state violence.

“This is not about one man. This is about structural racism in a country built on Black slavery.”

“If you are not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” – Malcolm X

#HandsUpDontShoot

If you’re more concerned with property damage than the murder of hundreds of innocent Black people every year at the hands of the police, you have your priorities very wrong.

“I taught my brother not to cry over spilled milk but couldn’t teach him to cope with spilt blood. Too many Black boys make their snow angels in chalk outlines.” (Black Youth Project 100 and allies occupy City Hall in Chicago, 25 November 2014)

If you’re more concerned with so-called “looting” by people in Ferguson than with the looting of banks, capital, and empires that props up an entire system of exploitation and oppression, your vision of the world is very skewed.

If you feel more grief for an auto parts store than a Black youth, you are part of the problem.

This is not up for debate.

We’ll keep blocking the streets until “Black Lives Matter” is reality and not a radical demand.

We do this for Mike Brown.

We do this for Marissa Alexander, not murdered but subjected to another form of incredible state violence.

We do this for Tanisha Anderson.

We do this for Tamir Rice.

We do this for Rekia Boyd. Ramarley Graham. Islan Nettles. Kimani Gray. Dominique “Damo” Franklin. Vonderrit Myers. Aiyana Jones. Sean Bell. Oscar Grant. Aaron Campell. Alonso Ashley. Wendell Alan. Jordan Russell. Jonathan Farrell. Eric Garner. Raason Shaw. Roshad McIntosh. Kajieme Powell. Ezell Ford. John Crawford. Trayvon Martin. And so many more.

“We do this til they free us." 

“You don’t stick a knife 9 inches deep, pull it out 6 inches and call that progress. Progress is healing that wound. America has not even acknowledged the knife is there.” – Malcolm X