Minutes after I was released from East Baton Rouge Parish Prison a friend of mine, Khaair Morrison, texted me to make sure I was safe. I met Khaair during my seven weeks as a student at Howard University School of Law. Khaair texted, "I'm doing a youth town hall Tuesday in NYC - any suggestion on panelists?" I immediately reached out to fellow activist Zellie Imani and connected the two. I was in organizing mode again.
New York - The Emergency Youth Forum Addressing Police Brutality, was a massive success. The event was presented by V.O.Y.C.E and Council Member I. Daneek Miller and co-sponsored by Congressman Gregory Meeks, Senator Leroy Comrie, Senator James Sanders, Chair Adrienne Adams, Community Board 12 and 1st Avenue Marketing & Publishing. Moderated by Khaair J. Morrison, co-founder of V.O.Y.C.E, the event brought activists and community members together for a very important dialogue.
Retired NYPD Lt. Carlos Monroue
Edwin Raymon, NYPD - @lionheart817
Rev. Cassius Rudolph
Blair Imani, Equality for HER - @blairimani
Zellie Imani, Black Liberation Collective - @zellieimani
Carmen Perez, Justice League NYC - @msladyjustice1
The purpose of the forum was to engage in a productive conversation about how we address police brutality in our communities. Panelists demonstrated how different organizations, religious institutions, and political actions work together as we end police brutality. Participants used the hashtag #RaiseUrVOYCE on Twitter and Instagram to follow the discussion.
If you are interested in planning a similar community forum and you need help or guidance please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone has a role in this movement and change can begin with you.