National march in support of people killed by police (PHOTOS/VIDEOS).

Friday, October 30, 2015. New York City – On Saturday, October 24, 2015, thousands gathered at Washington Square Park for a rally and march against police brutality in the United States of America. After the rally, protesters marched to Bryant Park where they had another rally.

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Mothers, fathers, family members and friends of people killed by police officers in different states in the United States of America attended the event. Some other people attending the march and rally against police brutality in New York City were Cornel West, West is an American philosopher, academic, activist, author, public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America and Quentin Tarantino. Quentin is an Oscar-winning American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor.

Black Lives Matter started a petition. They say “The #BlackLivesMatter network and our allies urge Democratic National Committee Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz to allow for more Presidential candidate debates leading up to the Presidential election in 2016, and to support a #BlackLivesMatter themed Presidential debate.”

From Monday, October 5, 2015 to Friday, October 9, 2015, bell hooks was at The New School in New York City and talked about police brutality and Black men in our country. bell hooks is an author, activist, feminist and scholar-in-residence at The New School. Watch the videos here.

This fall (from Monday, October 5, 2015 to Friday, October 9, 2015), was the fifth and final week-long visit in a three-year residency of bell hooks at The New School. It featured conversations with leading public intellectuals and scholars. Photo by Javier Soriano/http://www.JavierSoriano.com/
10/07/2015 The New School, NYC – bell hooks at the Wollman Hall.
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The guardian started the project “The Counted.” They say “The Counted is a project by the Guardian – and you – working to count the number of people killed by police and other law enforcement agencies in the United States throughout 2015, to monitor their demographics and to tell the stories of how they died.”

They, add “The US government has no comprehensive record of the number of people killed by law enforcement. This lack of basic data has been glaring amid the protests, riots and worldwide debate set in motion by the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014.

Before stepping down as US attorney general earlier this year, Eric Holder described the prevailing situation on data collection as “unacceptable”.

The Guardian agrees with those analysts, campaign groups, activists and authorities who argue that such accounting is a prerequisite for an informed public discussion about the use of force by police.”


An elderly woman and other protesters being arrested. (11 people were arrested in Midtown during the #RiseUpOctober protest.)
Thursday, October 24, 2015.


Voices of Rise Up October: Quentin Tarantino, Cornel West, Victims’ Families Decry Police Violence.
Democracynow.org – On Saturday, thousands rallied in New York City against police brutality as part of three days of protest called “Rise Up October.” Some 40 families across the country impacted by police violence participated in the event alongside scholars such as Dr. Cornel West and Chris Hedges, as well as celebrities including playwright Eve Ensler and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. We bring some of the voices from Saturday’s rally, including Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant who died on February 4, 1999, in a hail of 41 police bullets as he put the key in his door. The New York Police Department’s Street Crime Unit would later be disbanded. “How many more victims were unjustly killed since Amadou Diallo?” Kadiatou Diallo said. “We can’t begin to count. I went to many funerals. I connected with many families. We’re not bitter. The law enforcement should know we are not against them. We are not against them. We are anti-police brutality.”

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