Thousands of people across the United States have taken to the streets to demand justice for Trayvon Martin. These protests have revived a desperately overdue discussion about the persistence of racism and discrimination in American society.
We will continue to demand justice in this case, but we also know this case highlights the continuing war against Black America. From police brutality and corruption to mass incarceration- from the school to prison pipeline, to disproportionately high unemployment and home foreclosures; racism is alive and well in the United States.
This is a discussion of how we can continue to build a fight against the New Jim Crow.
Co-Sponsored by Rainbow PUSH Coalition,
The International Socialist Organization
& The Campaign to End the Death Penalty
A panel discussion featuring the following speakers...
A message of Solidarity from Dr. John Carlos, the 1968 Olympian who raised his fist on the podium to protest racism and inequality in America.
Simeon Wright- cousin of Emmett Till and author of Simeon's Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till
Martinez Sutton- brother of Rekia Boyd, young woman killed by an off-duty Chicago police officer on March 21, 2012
Bishop Tavis L. Grant- National Field Director of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Rev. Jeanette Wilson- Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Steven Watts- father of Stephon Watts, 15 year old killed by Calumet City Police on February 1, 2012
Wayne Watts- uncle of Stephon Watts
Allisah Love, of the Free Howard Morgan Campaign, Howard Morgan was shot 28 times by four white Chicago cops and was recently sentenced to 40 years in prison for the attempted murder of those four cops.
and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor- International Socialist Organization & columnist for SocialistWorker.org