Friday July 13th 2018 will mark three turbulent years since our sister Sandra Bland was found dead in a Texas Jail cell. We all know the brutal details of her story and thousands of our fellow Americans have suffered her fate since that mournful day. We will be commemorating Sandra’s life with a silent candlelight vigil this Friday evening in Oakland, gathering at 7:30 pm, followed by a criminal justice reform rally at 8pm. Please take a moment out of your busy schedules to join community activists and leaders, who will be addressing the state of the the movement and a vision for the future.
All criminal justice reform advocates are welcome to attend. Please bring a candle for yourself and bring a friend. California Assembly Candidates Jovanka Beckles, Maria Estrada and James Ellia will be speaking out on why we need to lead a Progressive platform with criminal justice reform. They will be joined by local CJR activists and community leaders. They will be sharing their perspectives on the issues and their vision for the future.
Many allies have become awakened to the suffering our black and brown brothers and sisters face on a daily basis as members of “The Other America” where the simple act of walking with color has grave consequences under the oppressive boot of a corrupt criminal justice system. Many of those Allies have stepped up to become accomplices in the moral awakening of a nation, split into Two Americas.
This issue has galvanized millions across our country to stand up and be counted on the right side of history. This is the Civil Rights issue of our generation. This is our Edmund Pettus Bridge. Do your part by showing up for racial justice. Many hands make light work. This is what Democracy looks like.