Healing Through Resistance: Confronting The Crisis of State Sponsored Murder in the ERA of Trumpism

Host/Sponsor: 
Love Not Blood Campaign
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Timeslot: 
Abstract: 
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
Panel Track: 
Policing: Repression, Brutality, Mass Incarceration, history, international perspectives, organizing for abolition
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Uncle
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Bobby X
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Love Not Blood Campaign
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Cephus Johnson, a.k.a Uncle Bobby, is a social justice activist at the forefront of ending police brutality in America. 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. Over the years, Cephus has appeared on many national and local television shows and radio stations as an expert in police brutality, including Katie Couric’s “Race in America,” MSNBC’s “Caught on Tape”; and many others. He is a sought-after speaker who has delivered workshops on topics such as, “Knowing your Rights; “How to survive if stopped by the police”; “Criminalization of young people by the justice system”. Cephus has presented on these topics, and others, at The Left Forum 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, and The National Bar Association Conference. 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. Known as the “People’s Uncle,” Cephus is a much beloved presence and invaluable resource for families suffering from police violence around the globe. He has been active at high profile protests — and has supported many high profile families — around the country, including those of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Emmett Till, Freddy Gary, and many more. “He considers ending police brutality and supporting families who have suffered at the hands of police his life’s work, and deeply believes that when families work together, families heals together creating lasting sustainable change.”
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Vanissa
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Chan
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Force Trajectory Project
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
The Forced Trajectory Project is a long-term multimedia project documenting the rippling effects police violence has on communities beginning with the families who have lost their loved ones to police murder. Utilizing moving pictures, stills, and sound, the project’s goal is to paint an intimate and accurate portrait of the “forced trajectory” these family members find themselves on after their loved one is killed.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Beatrice
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Johnson X
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Love Not Blood Campaign
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Love Not Blood Campaign works with families that have suffered the traumatic experience of homicide, whether by police officers, security officers, or community violence. The LNBC creates a Family Crisis Team to build a broad-based network of healthy homicide family support. Our support groups for the parents, children, families, friends, and community members affected by the traumatic experience of homicide bring about an atmosphere of social justice throughout the United States and Internationally,
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Kenneth
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Kenneth Chamberlain Jr
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Westchester Coalition for Police Reform
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr. is a skilled human service professional with a wide range of work experiences. Currently he serves as Program Developer with the Urban League of Westchester County. In that capacity he builds relationships with local organizations and institutions, as well as with the client population he serves. The perspectives Kenneth developed in his work provided a foundation when he was forced to respond to his father’s death at the hands of White Plains Police Officers on November 19, 2011. Since then Kenneth has been a voice for affecting positive in Westchester County as well as New York State. Kenneth is one of the founding members of the Westchester Coalition for Police Form and a member of Families United for Justice which is an organization of family members who either have family members or they themselves have been victims of some sort of police misconduct, brutality, and criminality. When asked why he does this type of work Kenneth’s response is simple “you want for your brother and sister that which you want for yourself and when I say brother and sister I mean all people because one’s works are more important than one's skin color.
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name: 
Andrew /Deanna
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name: 
Joseph
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Andrew Joseph Foundation
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Biography: 
Parents of Andrew Joseph, III. Biography The Joseph, are native of New Orleans, Louisiana and current resident of Tampa, FL after Hurricane Katrina. The Joseph’s are current victim advocate and co-founder of The Andrew Joseph Foundation.org. They are the parents of a deceased 14-year-old child named Andrew Joseph, III. Their work in community organizing, advocacy and empowerment began with adjudicated youths within the school system and juvenile justice system 21 years ago. The Joseph’s graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana. After receiving their education, they interned with legal groups at varied law firms and judicial arenas supporting the rights of youth and families in rural Louisiana to navigate the system towards freedom and equality. In their efforts, they were inspired with the vision, strength and character to make the difference in the lives of children and many of their client’s families. Their efforts would be best highlighted in their working as a lead assistant principal within alternative learning environments for children who had been adjudicated and removed from traditional learning environments in the toughest urban neighborhoods where the odd were often stacked against its residents. Their training in administrative codes and curriculum development with a focus on proper codes of ethics used within safe and conducive learning environments earned him accolades among educators and juvenile justice departments across the Southern Louisiana region. In February, 2014, the unimaginable had occurred in the life of the parents who had worked to save so many youth in the community, their very own child of 14 years old was negated by the very system that they interfaced with daily. Since this time the quest for accountability and amplification of civil and human rights for youth and children have been in the forefront of their increased advocacy in helping young people around the world live, grow and be nurtured within communities that love and support them. The Joseph’s has traveled across the world speaking out against the systems of corruption and the overturn of such a system that destroys and annihilates protection and service to people of color. These parents are powerful in their passion to serve as a change agent and has continued to work within their community as a youth coach, mentor and speaker to human rights.
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator First Name: 
Krystal
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Last Name: 
Brown
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Team Marlon Foundation
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Biography: 
KRYSTAL K. BROWN is a native of Deland, Florida. She received her A.S. degree in Occupational Therapy in 1998 and a Certificate in Practical Nursing in 2003. She is the mother of three, DeAndre, Armani and Marlon and the Wife of Marlon Brown Sr. She has always been a leader and an advocate for her community, Springhill, and the people that reside there. On May 8, 2013 the life of her family was forever changed when Marlon Sr. was killed by a Deland rookie police officer, James Paul Harris. Like many, she believed in the Judicial System and was confident that justice would prevail especially since there was a dashcam video that caught the entire incident as well as multiple eye witnesses. However, similar to many cases from around the country the case was presented to a grand jury and the result was “NO INDICTMENT!” Krystal immediately formed a team that began collecting and dissecting the evidence and after acquiring much knowledge about Marlon’s case it was clear that the Justice System was unjust. She has been traveling from state to state meeting other families that are fighting police brutality, researching and learning about policies and procedures that are in place and cause corruption of the system, speaking out on behalf of Marlon Brown Sr. and pursuing an opportunity for him to receive justice. She is the founder of, United 4 Justice, an organization that serves to bring awareness to individuals and families throughout the globe information on police brutality and personal rights. She is not afraid to stand up and call out those that misuse their power to control others and for their own personal gain. She has put the quote from Frederick Douglas, “It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men,” into action by working very closely to children from the community. Titling them “Hollywood’s Stars” and instilling in them that the sky is the limit and the possibilities are endless if they are willing to work for them. She is committed to helping her community obtain equal and fair treatment by city administration and local law enforcement. She ran for City Commissioner in Deland, Fl in 2014. Despite not being voted into office she used her voice and her platform to convey the concerns of the community and its citizens. Her voice has definitely been amplified by her ability and willingness to stand firm on the facts. In January 2016, Krystal was offered the opportunity to speak before the Expert Working Group from the United Nations. She spoke on the disrespectful dehumanization and criminalization of the victims of police brutality and their families by the United States and the lack of transparency and conviction of the crimes being committed against people of African descent. She was heard and Marlon’s name appears in the preliminary report that is being written to the United States Government. She is a 2016 award recipient of “Divas on Fire, All Women’s Award Show” for being a Community Activist.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Uncle
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Bobby X
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Love Not Blood Camapaign
 

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