WE LOVE…STANDING UP & SPEAKING OUT AS ADVOCATES OF JUSTICE

Open Letter
“Secretary Hillary Clinton stated how important it is for our nation to deal with the ‘hard truths regarding race and justice in America.’  While my son didn’t volunteer to be a catalyst for systemic change…when we remember cities like Ferguson, where my unarmed son was killed, Staten Island and Baltimore; we know now is the time for equal justice for ALL Americans.  Let’s not avoid this issue that has plagued our cities and communities for far too long.  To that I charge both politicians, and everyday folks, young and old, to be relentless in the untiring pursuit of much needed systemic change.
“The longstanding and systemic police brutality, racial profiling, intolerance and use of deadly force on unarmed citizens must stop.  I want to know if you will stand with me as I support the mandatory use of bodycams in every police department around this country, so no more mothers and families are left with the question that I have been left with and will struggle with for the rest of my life:  What happened on August 9, 2014 to my son, Michael Orlandus Darrion Brown?
“Body cameras could help, as well as public policy efforts like the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) where would the use of profiling on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion by law enforcement agencies would be legally prohibited.
Too many of our kids are being taken out by the streets – from St. Louis  to Chicago, to Baltimore, to New York, to Detroit, to  to Los Angeles.  The gun violence epidemic must stop.  Our next President MUST take a clear stand on gun control, as access to firearms has become as easy as taking candy from a baby.  Which candidate will be the one to challenge groups like the NRA once and for all so that the no more lives of innocent children and people are loss?  My son, Mike Mike’s, death has awakened a fighting spirit within me that has sparked our entire nation from Ferguson to South Carolina to stand up. Mother’s are tired of losing their children prematurely to senseless killings. Meanwhile our nation demands our systems of the policing be reformed so that we don’t loose anymore of our babies, particularly African American and Latino children, in the manner my son was lost.
In case after case, police are NOT being held accountable to the same standard when it comes to the shooting deaths of unarmed black men like my son, Michael.  How can the faith in our judicial system be restored?  The answer is legislative reform from the top – down to make changes from federal, to state and even county level public policy.  Police reform is not about being anti-police, it’s about making sure every citizen has the same rights for equal justice.
I’m asking you not to forget to address those “hard truths about race and justice” so we truly can obtain equality for ALL.”
“This is not a political site, but I thank YOU for allowing me to share some issues that are on my heart…”

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

R.E.A.C.H. UP LIKE MIKE
(Reaching and Educating All Communities to Heal as ONE)

 We will partner with other community based organizations, bi-partisan groups, and area school districts to conduct a series of youth-led policy awareness workshops and policy forums around the country designed to include the recruitment of peer to peer youth engagement in the social-political process.  We want the next generation to continue to move the wheels of progress forward to create incremental, systemic and institutional change.  By providing a space for young people of all races and socio-economic backgrounds to express their concerns and collaborate to promote awareness over shared key issues all while embracing and celebrating our differences by forming together to make a collective impact through strategic planning.

“It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice are all like the air:  we all have it, or none of us has it.  That’s the truth of it.”
– Maya Angelou

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