Above: Hear from Mertilla Jones: grandmother of Aiyana Jones - seven-year-old murdered by police while sleeping on her couch in her home in Detroit, MI. With Juanita Young, mother of Malcolm Ferguson - murdered by police in the Bronx, NY.
Above: Hear from Sharon Irwin, grandmother, and Lorien Carter, aunt, of Tony Robinson - 18-year-old murdered by police in Madison, WI.
Above: Hear from Nicholas Heyward, father of Nicholas Heyward, Jr. - 13-year-old murdered by police in Brooklyn, NY.
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#RiseUpOctober to Stop Police Terror A Call for Rise Up October to Stop Police Terror has gone out – and has been taken up by people of all walks of life – to be in New York October 22-24. Families of those whole lives have been stolen by the police have stepped forward to join this Call. Their powerful stories of what the system has done to them, and their cries for justice – not just in their cases but for what is happening all over this country – need to be heard right in the heart of New York City.
We want to make it possible for no less than 100 families to travel to New York City to be able to put this before the country and the world – to stand with many thousands of others to demand that people take a stand — Which Side Are You On? Do you stand with the people who are being victimized by police terror and murder and who refuse to live in a society like this, or do you stand with those who condone or justify these crimes? These families have made it clear that they want #RiseUpOctober to be very powerful and that they need to be there.Read more
Meko Williams, mother of LaReko Williams, murdered by Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina Police Department, August 2011
My son, LaReko Williams was Tasered to Death - an expert witness in the civil trial, Dr. Shahad, said that he never in his life seen a heart that look like that. The electricity fried his heart. Dr. Shahad stated it look as if someone through an atomic bomb in his chest. At Rise Up October I want a picture of my son with his face on banners. The law is designed so that police officers are allowed immunity. Also, they scare the jurors in civil trials, because all jurors are registered voters, and the police have their personal information that pertains to their address and contact information.Read more
Carey Downs, father of James Rivera Jr., murdered by Stockton CA Police in 2010
Mertilla Jones, grandmother of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones, murdered by Detroit police, May 16, 2010
“Y’all need to get up and take a stand because there is power in numbers. Don’t just be on the wayside, ‘oh that’s a good thing they are doing.’ No, hell no! Get up and do something about it.”
Nicholas Heyward Sr., father of 13-year-old Nicholas Heyward Jr. (left), murdered by NYPD, September 22, 1994
“Honored to be in support of October 24. October 24 is a very important day for me and should be for you also. I felt that it’s time long, long ago that we should have risen up to let the authorities know and those who are supposed to be in charge, to let them know that we are not going to tolerate this type of nonsense any longer, killing of innocent unarmed people. Reach out to other people and tell them they all need to get involved. This is some serious, serious stuff. We are all in this together and stand together.”Read more
Andrea Irwin, mother of 19-year-old Tony Robinson (right), murdered by Madison, Wisconsin cop, March 6, 2015
“Going to New York for me, so on a national level we can all make some form of a difference. Because if we all stand up and say this has to change, they have to make changes. And it’s power in numbers.”Read more