March 19 - Rally for Angelo Miller and Brandon Jones
On March 19th, families of people who have lost loved ones by the police from Florida, Detroit, “Chicago, and New York gathered with many others, activists, Revolution Club members, Revolution distributors, and Stop Mass Incarceration Network members, to say “Stop Police Terror!” It was the 1 year anniversary of Brandon Jones’ savage murder by the Cleveland police.
Brandon,17 years old, unarmed was gunned down in cold blood as he was confronted by police. His mother Tonya Brown spoke out about how the police had stopped him, he was no threat and with tears flowing down her face said over and over again, “They didn’t have to kill him.” At this rally a supporter of revcom exposed the killing of Angelo and Brandon, both young and full of life, and called on people to get into Bob Avakian and his solution to police terror and all the other horrors. Then about 60 people marched to where Angelo Miller, 17, was killed, unarmed with his hands up, on March 23, 2007. Besides families people from the neighborhood joined the march, chanting “Indict, convict, send the killer cops to jail! The whole damn system in guilty!!” and other chants. Near the site of the murder, there was a die-in in the middle of the street, blocking traffic. At the site where Angelo was murdered, Alicia Kirkman, spoke about how the authorities hands out some financial settlement and think we are all going to shut up. She said, “No we won’t!” Other family members from different cities gave moving testimony and demanded the killing stop. At the place where Angelo was killed, the 911 tape was played and it was excruciating to hear how Angelo was trying to tell the cops his hands were up and he was no threat. These police murders and non-indictments are declarations that the police can wantonly kill Black and Brown people and their lives don’t matter. NO! Angelo’s and Brandon’s and thousands of others’ lives DO MATTER!! This action was organized by Alicia Kirkman, mother of Angelo Miller and Tonya Brown, mother of Brandon Jones and supported by Stop Mass Incarceration Network, Cleveland Chapter.
Cleveland March 19