Dear Legal Empowerment Community,
People are protesting across the U.S. right now, in spite of the health risks, because of the brutal killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. An officer kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes while Floyd said repeatedly he could not breathe and citizens screamed for the police to stop. The protests are about the killing of George Floyd and about the deep, longstanding, systemic racism of the U.S. criminal justice system.
I wanted to share these moving remarks from the rapper Killer Mike of Atlanta. Mike powerfully captures the pain of this moment. He begins, shaken, “I didn’t want to come, and I don’t want to be here.”
Killer Mike calls his community to action: “plot, plan, strategize, organize, mobilize,” he says. It is possible to advance justice, he reminds us. He implores us to take the long view-- of the historical forces that created the system we have now, and of the fight ahead.
Much love to network members working to bring legal empowerment to the U.S. criminal justice system, like @JhodyPolk of the Legal Empowerment Advocacy Hub in Florida.
The injustice of our systems can be unbearable. We need each other to keep fighting on.