"Black male lives are meaningless in America," a female friend just texted me, and what can I say to that? Who's going to help Nicole Paultre Bell, Sean Bell's grieving fiancé, explain to their two young daughters that the men who killed their daddy are not going to be punished?" – Kevin Powell in The Huffington PostMany other bloggers have written on the immoral and degrading release of all three of Sean Bell’s murderers. I'm not going to tell you why it’s wrong – because you already know why it’s wrong – and I'm not going to say I am shocked - because we know the history of justice in regards to people of color. Instead, I'm taking a page out of another blogger's book and I'm going to list rallies and events that may help to make a difference.
The People’s Justice Coalition has planned some amazing events, and will be planning more!
NY Faith & Justice has a rally planned for tonight in conjunction with the Latino Pastoral Action Center.
Break the Chains has captured photos from previous rallies, and I think they'll be posting more protests and information in time.
The Brecht Forum in conjunction with Mahina Movement is planning an amazing event:
WE WANT 50 ARTISTS FOR 50 SHOTS
A Call-Out to all poets, MCs, dancers, painters, & musicians to respond to the outcome of the Sean Bell Verdict
***please forward this far and wide***
When: Saturday May 3rd, 2008
Time: 7 PM sharp - 10 PM
Where: The Brecht Forum
451 West Street (near West Side Highway)
*This will be a Free Event and All Performances are Voluntary. First come bases, once we have all 50 Artists the list will end.
***If you are interested please submit your name, contact info and a brief description of the work you would like to perform to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gabreilla Calleder: 917-325-1699
I will post more as I get more information. Bringing together community to rethink how we interact and react to the justice system is incredibly important.