Posts Tagged ‘Black Lives Matter’

Black Lives Matter Los AngelesĀ 

July 11, 2016

What was supposed to be a gathering of about 200 people at a Black Lives Matter L.A. event at Chuco’s Justice Center turned into a 2,000 plus rally at Inglewood’s Centinela Park. 

We gathered here before we took the streets and March the streets of Inglewood. It was a very peaceful march with over 2,000 people. 

Pictures of Brother Africa’s 1 year Death Anniversary Demonstration

March 10, 2016

On March 1st, L.A. CAN, the Skid Row community and the Black Lives Matter movement gather at the LAPD headquarters to take our message to the police commission that we demanded justice in the name of Brother Africa and that the officers be prosecuted, which LAPD has stated that the officers didn’t do anything wrong by killing our brother even when the video of his death went viral and showed that he posed no threat to the officers.
After some members came out of that police commission, we took the streets and peacefully march to the site where he was gun down to remember his spirit.

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Remembering Brother Africa

March 1, 2016

Today is the 1 year death anniversary of Charly Keunang, better known to the world as Brother Africa, the homeless man whose death at the hands of LAPD was caught on video and went viral.

Today members of Los Angeles Community Action Network, Stop LAPD Spying, Black Lives Matter L.A. and the Skid Row Community gather at the steps of LAPD Headquarters that they “#CantKillAfrica!”

We have not forgotten that the LAPD let the officers who killed Brother Africa free withouth any charges file against them. We have not forgotten that one of the witnesses of Brother Africa is Trishawn Carey and continues to be in jail. Let’s get one thing clear here. Trishawn Carey is a political prisoner. #FreeTrishawn!

Here is footage of today’s demonstration. First is a great theatre play done by the amazing Suzette.

Here is video I took of today’s powerful peaceful demonstration.

 

These are articles from last year if people want to read how Brother Africa’s death took the nation by surprise.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-on-skid-row-empathy-for-homeless-man-fatally-shot-20150302-story.html

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-0308-lapd-protest-20150308-story.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/02/us/los-angeles-police-shooting/

I highly recommend people reading this great article, which one will get a better picture of who Brother Africa was.

http://www.gq.com/story/skid-row-police-shooting-charly-keunang

Did You Know Edmund Pettus Bridge Is Named After a KKK Leader?

March 7, 2015

As the nation remembers the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, where demonstrators from Selma, Alabama march over Edmund Pettus Bridge and were met with deadly force by the racist police, did you know that Edmund Pettus was a Alabama KKK leader?

The best way to honor the victims who gave their lives for the right of many of us to vote, is by putting pressure to the city of Selma to change the name of the bridge. To reclaim our history is to change the bridge name. It is the right thing to do. One of the names that the bridge can change them name to is Jimmy Lee Jackson. Jimmy Jackson was the young man who got killed in the restaurant in movie, Selma.

I hope elected officials in Selma and the leaders of this nation will pay attention to the name of the bridge and really start thinking of erasing some of this countries trouble history.

Let us hope that one day, folks from Selma, Alabama will no longer be able to cross the bridge name after a kkk leader and will one day cross the bridge name after one of the leaders who lost their lives so that others can have the right to vote. I hope that one day will be soon. I hope that the bridge will one day be named Jimmy Lee Jackson Bridge.

#CHANGETHEBRIDGENAME #JIMMYLEEJACKSON #JIMMYLEEJACKSONBRIDGE

Peaceful March in Skid Row

February 21, 2015

Today on the 50th death anniversary of Malcolm X, the community of Skid Row organized a peaceful march from Gladys Park to San Julian Park. In honor of Black History Month, the march was to pay tribute to our brothers and sisters who have passed away and to allow their spirit to continue to strengthen us as we continue to struggle for a more peaceful and just world.
The march was in silence but was deeply spiritual as members of the community played the drums and carry Sage. When the march ended in San Julian Park, a group of people were already there and after congregating for a while, the AGAPE choir led the community with some beautiful music.

Here are photos from today’s event.