Police Violence

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We are often too familiar with the victims of nationally recognized police homicide cases, but what do we know of those they left behind: their families? What do we really know about the impact police violence has on our communities? Forced Trajectory Project (FTP) sought to answer these questions in 2009 by documenting and interviewing family members of police homicide victims. 8 years later, this inquiry has developed into a nationwide, long term, multimedia documentary project, providing a unique portal into the lives and narratives of those directly impacted by police homicide, individuals who suffer the agony of a devastating life event yet find strength and hope by building with community and through commemorating their loved ones.

FTP serves as a sister organization to Families United 4 Justice, a growing nationwide coalition of families impacted by police violence, organizing for self-determination, collective healing and justice, and political power. FTP works in concert with those on the frontline of the anti-police brutality movement by hosting their stories, providing crucial media analysis on how the construction of mainstream police brutality narratives perpetuates the problem, and through offering media training so that families and organizers can return to their communities equipped with media weaponry to preserve the truth.

In this session you will meet the FTP media team who will introduce the project and explore how citizen journalism and grassroots public relations can foster change through empowering those on the frontline and engage local communities, ultimately serving as a catalyst for social revolution.

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"You must let suffering speak, if you want to hear the truth” ― Cornel West. A widespread movement for justice regarding police Terrorism is underway in America, and the testimonies of injustice are what fuel it. Testimony from Michael Brown Sr, father of Michael Brown of Ferguson Mo; Uncle Bobby X, uncle of Oscar Grant of Oakland Ca; Earl Lewis, cousin of William Chatman Portsmouth VI; Andrew Joseph Jr, father of Andrew Joseph III of Tampa FL; and Ronald Hummons, father of Trepierre Hummons of Cincinnati Oh. These are important and deeply moving testimonies. When testimonies of injustice remain untold and unheard, patterns of injustice go unrecognized and unopposed. Having these testimonies on record is therefore essential to the struggle for justice. The police who commit these acts of violence and terror are part of a system that not only protects them, but can often intimidate their victims into silence. The act of telling these testimonies is an act of defiance that can be liberating for the person who tells it. “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” Bringing our story of injustice to the public eye provides the possibility that it can be part of a much grander story of justice. Michelle Alexander says, "it is important that these stories are brought to the light of day; these families experiences be given voice". Our stories can cause people to question why, and what kind of a system does this to people and allows it to happen?" The fathers, Uncles, and Cousin will share the solutions that can and should be utilized to stop the murder of children of color.