State of Emergency Town Hall

 

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Last week Kevin Matthews, a 35 year old unarmed black man was killed by a Dearborn police officer in Detroit. Just days later, Chicago police officers "accidentally" killed 19 year old Quintonio LeGrier and 55 year old Bettie Jones. Unfortunately these victims join a growing list of American's killed by police officers. 

According to the Washington Post, 965 people have been shot dead by police THIS YEAR. We should be outraged AND we need to be organized. 

Panelists include: Lea Addington (New Era Detroit), Dennis Black (Coalition for Black Struggle), Kenneth Reed (Coalition Against Police Brutality), Jerome Record (Good Jobs Now), Yusef Bunchy Shakur (Souljah's of the People), and Renell Binion Weathers (Michigan League for Public Policy). The discussion will be moderated by Jonvontae Porter (Good Jobs Now). 

WHEN
December 29, 2015 at 6pm - 7:30pm
WHERE
Matrix Center
13560 E McNichols
Detroit , MI 48205
United States
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  • commented 2015-12-29 20:33:46 -0600
    As I explained in the “after-mingling”:

    I get that the vote is important.
    that self-determinism requires self-expression.
    and that the system we rail against only listens to dollars and votes.

    But there are other ways.
    one needn’t vote to have access to the courts — and with Melendez now having been convicted, the time is right to begin deliberations on shutting down his training company in Dearborn.

    and let me add what I meant to while on the mike:

    I was at the BLM rally in Inkster. I enjoyed supplying the buttons for the event — and I talked to Ron Scott then, and he and I both agreed that each of these things should happen in this particular order:
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    1. Get the charges dropped against Floyd Dent (done)…
    2. Have charges pressed against Melendez (done)…
    3. Get Melendez fired from both his jobs (done)…
    4. Have Melendez convicted of his charges (done)…
    5. Begin the process to shut down his training company once the conviction was secure (remove their license to operate).

    We were both clear on that last point.
    We both felt we needed that kind of strong message that his type will NOT be tolerated.

    And then I added, I want that training companies logs of who they trained!

    and now that our focus is necessarily on Dearborn — this issue should come to the fore, imho.
  • commented 2015-12-29 20:24:51 -0600
    Great panel, enjoyed the discussion…
    Look forward to more… :D
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