2017
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Presentation Abstract: Families United 4 Justice is a long-term project documenting the rippling effects police violence has on communities beginning with the families who have lost their loved ones during police-related encounters. Utilizing victim narrative, moving pictures, stills, and sound, the project’s goal is to paint an intimate and accurate portrait of the “forced trajectory” these families find themselves on after their loved one is killed. In this discussion and presentation, participants will learn about how concerned communities can play a crucial role in supporting those most impacted by state-sanctioned violence and the powerful role of independent media. We will discuss the obstacles families face when their loved one is killed and unveil the documentation errors of mainstream media and the State that has allowed this type of violence to continue generation after generation. We will also discuss the current movement to analyze police violence as a public health issue, prompting public health officials to consider their role in these instances. Participant will learn how Families United 4 Justice will confront State sponsored violence in the era of Trumpism. Let people tell their story, tell of their pain. And let others listen. We discovered that in the telling, people begin to experience a healing. — Archbishop Desmond Tutu