Updated on 5/27/2015 at 11:40am
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Thursday, May 21, 2015. New York City – Today, as part of the National Day of Action for Black Women and girls, there was a rally and march in Manhattan and a rally in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
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Rally and march in Manhattan.
In Manhattan, protesters led a funeral procession, from the African Burial Ground National Monument to City Hall. They read the names of women killed by the police. They also spoke against the NYPD hiring 1,000 new police officers. “#NoNewNYPD,” they said.
According to the Black Youth Project 100, “Recent events across the country have demonstrated that police murders, sexual assault and harassment continue with impunity. The fight for justice for families devastated by police who murder their loved ones is hard fought. As we struggle to fight for justice for loved ones like Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, and Rashod McIntosh, we cannot forget, and must fight fiercely for Mya Hall, Aiyana Jones, and Rekia Boyd. The police harass, abuse, murder and do not discriminate based on gender or sexuality.”
They add, “All #BlackLivesMatter, and that means we uplift and fight for lasting justice for the families of victims of police violence. We’ve joined Ferguson Action and Black Lives Matter to put out a national call for actions to end state violence against All Black Women and Girls.”
Rally in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
In Flatbush, Brooklyn, there was a rally to continue the fight for justice for kyam Livingston.
The Justice for Kyam Livingston committee, said “We will continue to rally until justice is served for kyam Livingston. Let your voices be heard.”
Kyam Livingston, a 37 year old mom, died in Brooklyn Central Bookings on July 21, 2013, after crying out in pain for 7 hours. Her pleas for medical attention were ignored. No one has been held accountable.
Anita Neal, kyam Livingston’s mother, said she will not give up. She asks supporters to Keep the fight up for not just kyam, but for all.”
The next rally will be on June 21st, 2015, on East 18th street and Church Avenue in Flatbush, Brooklyn, at 5:30pm. For more info, go to the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Justice4KyamLivingston
“It’s Father’s Day and my birthday,” said Anita Neal. She added “(free) food will be available. Bring a dish if you wish. Thank you”.
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