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April 22, 2008

2008.04.22: Friday: Sean Bell Verdict Protest

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 7:49 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 7:49 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: Friday: Sean Bell Verdict Protest

[NYC Labor Against the War has endorsed this event]

JUSTICE FOR SEAN BELL AND ALL VICTIMS OF POLICE VIOLENCE!!

COME OUT APRIL 25th, THE DAY OF THE VERDICT!!

In Nov. 2006, Sean Bell was murdered by the NYPD in a hail of 50 bullets.  His friends, Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman, were seriously injured.  3 of the officers involved now await the verdict of their trial. On April 14th, the judge stated that he will announce the verdict on FRIDAY, APRIL 25th.  PEOPLES JUSTICE for Community Control and Police Accountability is calling for a rally  in front of the Queens DA’s office ON Friday APRIL 25th (no longer on the day-after the verdict is announced)*.

COME OUT:  APRIL 25th at 5:30 pm

@ the Queens DA’s Office

125-01 Queens Blvd. (between Hoover Ave & 82nd Ave.)

E or F train to Union Turnpike 

The NYPD’s murder of Bell and attempted murders of Benefield and Guzman are NOT isolated or random events. They represent the continued targeting of communities of color by the police and the lack of accountability for police misconduct and abuse.

Endorsers (list in formation as of 4/15/08):  Audre Lorde Project (ALP), CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, Congress for Korean Reunification, Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), DJ Chela, Domestic Workers United (DWU), FIERCE!, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition/NYC, Hasan Salaam, Hip Hop Caucus, Immigrant Justice Solidarity Project, International Action Center, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ), Justice Committee, Lynne Stewart Organization, Make the Road by Walking, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Mano a Mano, May 1st Coalition, National Hip Hop Political Convention, New Abolitionists, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, October 22nd Coalition, Parents Against Police Brutality, Rebel Diaz, Revolting in Pink (R.I.P), Rights for Imprisoned People with Psychiatric Disabilities (RIPPD), VAMOS Unidos, War Resisters League.

For more information about the April 25th rally/community speak-out, Peoples’ Justice, and other cases of police violence go to: peoplesjustice. org and myspace.com/ peoplesjustice or email info@peoplesjustice .org.

*  If the judge goes back on his word and chooses to delay delivering the verdict, COME OUT on April 25th at 5:30 pm and go to peoplesjustice. org and myspace.com/ peoplesjustice to find out about next steps

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