People's Tribunal on Police Brutality video part 12
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Speaking here: Ed McKinney, Shemariah Arki, Genevieve Mitchell, Carol Steiner, Alice Ragland,
Ed McKinney: ... (they're still here) the Department of Justice. They're here. They're here investigating... they're coming up with recommendations and so forth and so on. Now, let's not forget that the Department of Justice came to this city in 2004. Same routine. Less than a year later the young 15-year old was shot in his bedroom on the east side of Cleveland, less than a year after all of the DOJ discussions and so forth and so on. We have incredible challenges, and we do need to talk about new solutions, because something isn’t working. This is not a growin’ up in Macon, Georgia, thing. I mean, when I was a teenager, it was like, ‘Gee, I want to go to the North, because, I’ll be free. They don’t have that stuff up there.’ But, I think you’re worse off than we were growin’ up! Nothin’ changed. So, what it says is that there’s a need for some new solutions, some high-risk solutions. And that is so important, because I would hate to see…There’s a little girl running around here in this room; you mean to tell me (Child vocalizes)…she gets the message. You mean to tell me that 80 years from now, and she will live to be that old because you know we got the civil tsunami goin’ on and people are livin’ longer and so forth and so on. Is she gonna be sitting here years from now listening to the same thing? We need to think about new challenges, new solutions. We need to do that. And sometimes…I remember when I was a student in the South, we went through training. You know the nonviolent training and all o’ that. And I do remember my classmates. I remember one evening we were sitting down before we were about to go on a march, and we were actually committing ourselves to dying if necessary. Yeah. We need to think of more solutions that are goin’ to do what we have not been able to do over the last century. We need to think seriously about new solutions, and we may have to take some risks that we have not been willing to take in the past. We may have to. My classmates in Georgia, Alabama, they made commitments. We may have to do that, because I’m so afraid that this is just gonna continue, and that is very frightening.
Shemariah Arki—“So, real quickly, in summary of what we’ve heard from the folks who have blessed us with their stories, have empowered us to work towards change, and from our fellow panelists, it sounds like there, it sounds like a different relationship between mass incarceration and economics. It seems like mass incarceration wouldn’t be possible without the capitalistic economic system of the United States. And we talk about 80 years from now, so I’m sittin’ here, afraid, sittin’ on this panel, and if I said my Dad’s name, you guys would probably know my Dad. Some people in the room know my Dad. My dad died on New Year’s Eve. And he was 74, right? And so, now I’m sitting here fighting the same fight that my Dad was fighting. Do I want my children to fight the same fight? (Dr. McKinney: “Hell, no.”) So, we have to educate them, but what are we educating them on? We have to educate them on a few different things. We have to educate them on the system. We have to educate them on our history about who we are. But we also have to educate them on the intricacies and fallacies of how all of these things work together to create this perfect storm. We have to educate them on the capitalistic nature of American culture. That’s what our young people; that’s how they are so disconnected. They’re disconnected because the generation that came before them shielded them so much till they don’t know, they don’t know their history. They don’t understand that spending all day here (signing, on a device), disconnects from the humanity of their fellow people whom they are in community with every day. They don’t understand those things. So, those are the things that we need to educate our young people on. And once they’re educated, the agitation that we’re all feeling because we’re here, it’ll click for them. But we have to reach them in ways that matter to them. We have to meet young people where they are. It’s Saturday; it’s sunny; it’s beautiful. We need to be here talkin’ about this, but we need some young people in this room. We need some soldiers. ‘Cause I’m a young person, kind of, a little bit. (Audience: Laughing) But my time is winding down; I can’t do what I used to do. I can’t go for 3 days. At about a day and a half, I’m tired, my back hurt. Laughing. I can’t do those things anymore. So, we need our frontline soldiers, but in order to get those soldiers on our team, we have to go to goad them on our frontline.” (Applause)
Genevieve Mitchell—“Just really quick, I just wanted to add, ‘cause I so agree, ditto to everything. You know? (Carol Steiner: “Genevieve, I’m so sorry, can it wait?”) I just wanted to add this right in real quick, just 3 questions: Are people willing, to get to where we need to go, as black people, brown people, marginalized people, willing to exercise our constitutional right to vote en masse, even as a perfunctory gesture, to indicate that you have an opinion about how this country is run? To politically divest and clean house of the people who are not functioning to help this democracy excel and move in a different direction? Are those of like minds willing to actively participate on A14? That’s a question that I have. And, is the American public willing to economically boycott and financially cripple the benefactors of this economic terrorism and the prison industrial complex? Because that’s where it has to go. We don’t like to say the word boycott, but…my Black History professor, Wilbert Nichols, God rest his soul, said, nothing hurts these people more. He said you get mad at these people, he said, ’You don’t kill their dog or, you know, rape their wife or go fight them.’ He said, ‘You keep your damn money in your pocket.’ That’s the only thing they understand. That’s the only thing they understand. Until there is a massive outcry— stop buying lottery tickets, stop buying liquor, I know that’s hard for some people. (Audience: Laughter) But hey, you know these things will make you drink. Stop buying…Mr. Nichols said, ‘Don’t buy any unnecessary commodity. Long as you got your toilet paper and some flour in your cupboard, some sugar, you got your basic furniture, shop at your thrift shop, keep your dollars in your community, put your money back in your pocket. That’s the only thing that they understand.’ (Applause) We are suffering from lack of jobs, housing, what have you. We’re not gonna have it until we exercise and flex our financial muscle. Thank you.”
Carol Steiner--“There are lots of ways that people can fight back, and I think the question of coming out on April 14th and trying to do something radical may address also what Dr. McKinney was referring to. We are way off schedule. Sorry. And, we do have a number of people who want to testify. I’m going to very quickly say that putting this on takes funds. There is a red box over here for donations. Please, put whatever you can in that to assist us with the room rental and other expenses. And now, we are also going to dispense with the break. So, as individuals if you could get up and go to the facilities or get some food, please do that. We are going to continue.” Alice Ragland—“And once again if you are a testifier and you need to leave early, please go down to the registration table and let Hope know, so that I can call you earlier. If you‘re not in a rush, then please stay. So, is Kipp Holloway here? Ok, Kipp Holloway.