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A Message to the NY/NJ Activist Community From The Mothers & Family Victims Of Police Violence & the Racist Raids By ICE Immigration & NYPD Gang Units
In order to effectively combat the existing opportunism, hidden agendas and to better provide ALL genuinely good willed social justice organizations and individuals who work inside of the New York & New Jersey metropolitan areas… with more concrete guidelines;
The following “10 Point Platform & Justice Wish List” was adopted on Saturday, May 13, 2017 during the “Motherhood: Standing Strong 4 Justice” pre-mothers day gathering which was held at Hostos Community College – Bronx, New York……..
“What We Want, What We Need”
May, 2017 – NY/NJ Parents 10 Point Justice Platform & Wish List
Point #1 – Lawyers & Legal Assistance: Due to both the overwhelming case loads and impersonal nature of most public defenders, the Mothers believe that their families are receiving limited options, inadequate legal advise and therefore; WE WANT & NEEDfor community activists to help us in gaining access to experienced “pro-bono” and/or activist attorneys as well as the free resources provided by non-profit social justice & legal advocacy groups.
Point #2 – First Response Teams: The Mothers felt that when their loved ones were either killed or captured by the police that they were left in the hands of the enemy and without any support, information or direction on how to best move forward and therefore; WE WANT & NEED community activists to help us develop independently community controlled & trained first response teams in every borough or county that can confirm and be on the ground within 24 hours of any future incident.
Point #3 – Security & Support At Court Appearances: The Mothers all feel that because community activist support eventually becomes selective and minimal, that they are disrespected by both the courthouse authorities, mainstream media and therefore; WE WANT & NEED community activists to collectively promote and make a strong presence felt at all court appearances and; To always provide trained security & legal observers… when the families are traveling to, inside and from the court house.
Point #4 – Emotional/Spiritual Healing and Grief & Loss Counseling: After the protest rallies, demonstrations, justice marches and television cameras are gone the Mothers all feel alone and abandoned and therefore; WE WANT & NEED for community activists to refer/help provide the families with clergy, professional therapy & cultural outlets needed in order to gain strength to move forward.
Point #5 – Parents Internal Communication Network: The Mothers agreed as actual victims, that they are the very best qualified in regards to providing the needed empathy and trust for an independent hotline & contact resource for all of the parents and families who want to reach out to someone they can mutually trust that is able understand what they are going through and therefore; WE WANT & NEED for community activists to help us in providing a Parents Internal Communication Network to reach that objective.
Point #6 – Community Offices & Meeting Spaces: The Mothers agreed that there is an extreme need for safe office spaces where community members and family victims are able to go to for both confidential crisis intervention and holding organizing meetings and therefore; WE WANT & NEED for community activists to help us in securing those safe spaces inside of our own neighborhoods.
Point #7 – Political Education Classes & Workshop Training: The Mothers agreed in implementing the “each one, teach one” strategy and therefore; WE WANT & NEED for community activists to help us in being trained as educators and organizers in Know Your Rights, Cop Watch, First Response, Emergency Preparedness & Community Control over all areas of public safety & the police in their respective neighborhoods.
Point #8 – Support From Politicians & Elected Officials: The Mothers believe that most political candidates and incumbent elected officials selectively & unfairly represent only those cases which they think to be politically advantageous to their own selfish personal success on election day and therefore; WE WANT & NEED for community activists to help us in either publicly exposing or endorsing these aforementioned political candidates and/or elected officials to their constituents solely based upon the uncompromising principles of serving the people.
Point #9 – Research & Documentation: The Mothers believe that research/case studies, surveys, petitions, historical archives, investigative news reporting and events should be documented and made readily available in order to counter the self-serving police misinformation promoted by the system and therefore; WE WANT & NEED for community activists to help us by securing college/university students, law firms, film makers, authors, journalists and professional research firms to find, document & tell the people the truth about police terror & the pipeline to prison.
Point #10 – Grassroots Community Outreach & Information: The Mothers believe that far too much attention is being geared towards TV camera sensationalism with the constant organizing of marches & rallies “downtown” and therefore; WE WANT & NEED for community activists to provide a fair balance by helping us to build in the schools, projects, churches and inside of the subway trains and stations of our Black, brown and oppressed communities where the majority of the police terror is actually taking place.