Poem on police brutality


This 10 June 2020 video from Texas in the USA says about itself:

Attorney Provides Free Representation to Arrested Protesters | In This Together | NowThis

‘I don’t consider myself to be picking a side. I’m just doing what’s right.’ — Austin-based attorney Tycha Kimbrough is providing legal representation to arrested protesters free of charge.

In US news and current events today, criminal defense lawyer and family attorney Tycha Kimbrough is representing BLM and George Floyd protesters who have been wrongfully arrested. Here’s what inspired her to offer her legal guidance pro bono.

By Sophie Sparham in Britain today:

The Right to Remain by Sophie Sparham

Silence is a bullet that my taxes paid for,
A Judas kiss, gifted to black Jesus as he
Bleeds out on the sidewalk and we profit a
Vineyard out of him. My quiet, a boot to hisNeck, a fire to her house, a question swinging
From a tree. Won’t somebody speak? Silence

Is not a right when all your teeth have been
Punched out, your tongue tear-gassed and your
Hope murdered. When your body is a protest,
Living in a country that raped the freedom
Out of you.

My ears mourn, they can’t bury another
Voice. So now I cry with my teeth, let this fist
Become a eulogy, let me raise it like a flag.
Make no mistake, they want you chalk white,
An outline on concrete, a space,
Where a body once stood.

Writer Sophie Sparham is from Derby and has written commissions for BBC Radio 4, The V&A and the People’s History Museum. 21st-century Poetry is edited by Andy Croft, email info@smokestack-books.co.uk

Cuban poem on George Floyd: here.

After Whitney row and Minneapolis outrage, Warren Kanders will stop making tear gas.

2 thoughts on “Poem on police brutality

  1. After South Bend police murdered Eric Logan, I led my local Our Revolution and Black Lives Matter groups in demanding concrete action — a citizens review board, more implicit bias testing and training for officers, disciplinary action for officers who don’t turn on their body cameras.

    Now, with uprisings sweeping the country in the wake of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor’s murders at the hands of racist police officers, it’s clear that systemic racism in law enforcement is an urgent national problem that our leaders have a moral obligation to do everything in their power to fix.

    Across America, Our Revolution groups are mobilizing NOW to demand change at the city, county and state levels. We want to hear directly from you about the top priorities we should pursue to dismantle systemic racism in our policing. Click here to take our official policing survey to let us know what you think.

    TAKE OUR SURVEY

    In the wake of all the senseless death, it’s heartbreaking that schools and social services are under-resourced in Black communities while police have access to high-tech military equipment and ever-increasing budgets.

    That’s why I believe it’s necessary to defund part of policing budgets and redistribute it to create programs and services like child care and more social workers.

    This means prioritizing funding for schools and public health above policing in Black communities the same way that we do for non-Black communities.

    But that’s not all. We also must end qualified immunity — which shields police officers from accountability for their racist actions — and reform training and policing practices so that officers are equipped to do their jobs without striking terror into the heart of Black communities.

    All of these changes are necessary, and as Our Revolution groups ramp up our organizing, we want your input on what you think are the most important steps to challenge systemic racism in policing.

    In solidarity,

    Jordan Giger
    Our Revolution National Board Member
    Black Lives Matter Leader
    South Bend, IN

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  2. Pingback: Police brutality and racism in the USA | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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