Families United 4 Justice Movement Building in era of Trumpism

Host/Sponsor: 
Love Not Blood Campaign

Description:

Families United 4 Justice is a growing frontline collective of families affected by police violence. We will cover themes such as strategizing for collective justice, organizing and archiving content of our individual narratives and cases, running effective social media campaigns, supporting other families in need, sourcing support from existing community structures, and integrating sustainable self-care routines. Participants will walk away with a larger network of families and supporters, concrete next steps for their individual situations and collective vision, constructive organizing toolkits and a deeper analysis of the anti-police brutality movement. This panel discussion is open to individuals who have been directly impacted by police violence, their trusted supporters, and community activist and social justice organizations.
Time: 
SATURDAY November 4th - 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Room: 
Main Stage

Chair

First Name: 
Cephus Uncle Bobby X
Last Name: 
Johnson
Affiliation: 
Founded Oscar Grant Foundation; Co-Founder Love Not Blood Campaign; Families United 4 Justice; US Human Rights Network
Cephus X Johnson, also known as, Uncle Bobby X, is the uncle of Oscar Grant. He is an alumnus of SF State University African Studies program of 1986-1989. After his nephew, Oscar Grant, was murdered by a Bart police officer in 2009, Cephus founded two social justice organizations, the Oscar Grant Foundation and Love Not Blood Campaign. Since then, Cephus has received many prestigious awards for his activism, including The Fannie Lou Hamer Award 2016, The Hero of Forgiveness Award 2016, The Henry Moskowitz Award 2015, The Kwame Ture Black Star of Labor Award 2015, The Black Organizing Project Award 2014, The Martin Luther King Jr Gene Young Award 2014, and many others. He was a consultant for the movie Fruitvale Station, and has served as a leading expert on the creation of the Motherhood and Fatherhood Movement of children murdered by police. Cephus has presented at The Left Forum NY conference, US Human Rights Conference, The Netroot Nation Conference, The ACLU Conference, The Free Mind Free People Conference, The National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), The Congressional Black Caucus Conference, Teachers for Social Justice Conference, The Social Justice Symposium of Cal-Berkeley and The National Bar Association Conference Fatherhood Movement. He has also spoken at universities, high schools, and community events, and served as the West Coast Organizer of the United Nation Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent visiting the United States at Merritt College, Oakland 2016. Uncle Bobby X is a social justice activist at the forefront of ending State violence in America.

Speaker 1

First Name: 
Dionne
Last Name: 
Smith
Affiliation: 
Mother of James Rivera

Speaker 2

First Name: 
Gwendolyn
Last Name: 
Woods
Affiliation: 
Mother of Mario Woods

Speaker 3

First Name: 
Theresa
Last Name: 
Smith
Affiliation: 
Mother of Ceasar Cruz

Speaker 4

First Name: 
Ron
Last Name: 
Davis
Affiliation: 
Father of Jordan Davis
Ron Davis was born in Harlem NY and resided in Queens. He currently lives in Jacksonville, FL. After Jordan Davis' untimely and tragic death, his father Ron Davis became a steadfast activist working to prevent the use of "Stand Your Ground " laws to justify unprovoked killings. He is a member of the U.S. Human Rights Network. Davis spoke at a United Nations Conference in Geneva, Switzerland prompting UN Reps to condemn policies of Racial Discrimination against people of color in the U.S.

Speaker 5

First Name: 
Cheryl
Last Name: 
Dorsey
Affiliation: 
Author, retired LAPD Officer
Cheryl Dorsey is a Los Angeles native. In 1978, she began a career in law enforcement where she worked for the State of California, Department of Justice. In 1980, Cheryl joined the Los Angeles Police Department. During her twenty year (LAPD) career, she worked exclusively in patrol in all four Bureaus of Operation: South, Central, West and Valley. Additionally, Cheryl has worked in specialized units such as traffic, vice and the infamous gang unit known as Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (C.R.A.S.H.) As a supervisor, she participated in entry level oral board cadre for police recruit candidates and investigated allegations of police misconduct in geographic patrol divisions as well as in the Internal Affairs Division. As an LAPD insider, Cheryl is a much sought after police expert on important issues making national headlines; as such she has appeared as a guest expert with Tavis Smiley & on the Dr Phil show. Today, she serves as a speaker, author, community advocate and police expert, educating the public on police policy and culture. Cheryl is a frequent commentator on CNN and New Day with Chris Cuomo, Dr. Drew , HLN, MSNBC and KPCC. Cheryl is also a contributing writer for LA Progressive and Huffington Post . Visit Cheryl’s website www/sgtcheryldorsey.com, listen to her on Soundcloud follow on Twitter @sgtcheryldorsey and BlackandBlueNews

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