People’s Tribunal to fight police brutality launched

first_imgColin Ashly & Alexia FilpoWW photo: Brenda RyanHarlem, N.Y. — On April 2, community members, activists and organizational leaders packed the historic National Black Theatre in Harlem, N.Y., for the opening session of the People’s Tribunal on Police Violence and Structural Racism. Organized by the People’s Power Assemblies, the tribunal was organized as the first in a series of events that would amplify the voices of those who have suffered in the racist and violent system in order to draw the connections between police brutality and other forms of systematic racism in the U.S.The event started with opening remarks by Jonathan McCrory, the director of the NBT’s Theatre Arts Program, who welcomed everyone to the space and reminded participants that a heart prepared to give and to be gifted with the healing power of communal stories was an act of liberation.Cynthia HowellWW photo: Brenda RyanLarry Hales, a member of the PPA, followed with remarks about why this tribunal was so necessary, in this current moment, to bring people together in dialogue about police violence and multiple forms of oppression and begin to discuss collective means of liberation.A panel of various grass-roots activists and family members of loved ones lost to police violence spoke. Kamal Muhammad and Prince Akeem, two youth activists, shared their personal experiences with police. Prince Akeem detailed the way police harassment was normalized in his adolescence, but how a series of incidences with the police eventually led to his path to activism.Cynthia Howell, niece of Alberta Spruill who died of a heart attack after police mistakenly raided her home in 2003, spoke passionately of her aunt’s death and her family’s quest for justice. As organizer of Families United For Justice — a group of family members of victims lost to police violence — Howell emphasized the importance of family members telling their own stories.Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr.Photo: Casey HutchinsonKenneth Chamberlain Jr., son of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. who was killed by police in 2011, and Joshua Lopez, nephew of John Collado who was also killed by police in 2011, both gave witness to the tragic death of their loved ones.The event then opened into a town hall in which audience members related their own stories of police violence. Young and old, from California to New York, speakers told harrowing tales of harassment, struggle and tragic loss.Longtime activists Monica Moorehead and Larry Holmes contextualized the personal testimonies of loss within global, national and local struggles against gentrification, state violence, the spread of the prison-industrial complex and other forms of oppression.Throughout the night the impassioned speeches showed the direct costs of police brutality and racism on individuals, families and communities, but they also showed the resiliency of communities and activists who have chosen to speak out in a desire to fight oppression and shut the system down. Many in the audience committed themselves to helping to build the tribunal in the coming months, with the goal of letting the people decide how to counter police terror.PPA organizers, Colin Ashly and Alexia Filpo, co-facilitated the April 2 program.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

A Couple Rain Showers Sunday; Brief Warmup Early Next Week

first_imgJAMESTOWN – The chilly air will continue into the second half of the weekend with the return of a few scattered showers before a very short-lived warmup returns for early in the week.We have stayed mainly dry on Saturday thanks to a weak area of high pressure that has slid in to our south. That high will move out and allow a surface boundary with an attached low to move in on Sunday and produce a few showers from place to place. We will see a very brief surge of milder air pulling early in the week before the chilly air returns for the reminder of the forecast week.Mostly cloudy and quiet tonight. Still rather chilly. Lows 34 in the valleys, 46 at the Lake Erie shoreline. Light winds. Sunday will start with mostly cloudy skies in the morning with scattered showers developing in the afternoon. Rather cool. Highs 52 hills, 57 lakeshore.There could be an isolated shower to start Monday morning then gradual clearing in the afternoon. Highs 55 to 63.A good supply of sunshine will take us through Tuesday while becoming milder as well. Highs in the mid 60’s.A storm system will scoot by to north on Wednesday which will bring some scattered to widespread showers and maybe a couple rumbles throughout the region. Highs in the lower 60’s.As the system pulls away, there could be a couple leftover showers on Thursday otherwise partial sunshine. Cooler. Highs in the mid 50’s.The sunshine will be back in good supply on Friday with highs in the upper 50’s.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more