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January 29, 2013

2013.01.29: This Saturday – One year memorial for Ramarly Graham

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 5:06 pm

From: Herschel, Lucy
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 5:06 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Cc: Gusberg, Jessica
Subject: This Saturday – One year memorial for Ramarly Graham

From: Jess Gusberg and Lucy Herschel

Sisters and Brothers – this Saturday marks the one year anniversary of the death of Ramarly Graham, the unarmed 18yr old who as shot by the police in his own home in front of his 6 year old brother and grandmother.  (See attached resolution that many of our members here signed onto and was passed by the 1199 Exec. Committee)

The vigil starts at 2pm, this Sat., Feb 2,  at the house at 749 E. 229th Street in the Bronx at and will march to the precinct.  (take the 2 or the 5 to 225th St.) Please let us know if you can meet us up there. It would be great if we could have a Legal Aid and/or 1199 and/or ALAA contingent there.

Ramarly’s mom, Constance Malcolm, who is an 1199 nursing home member, and his father Franclot Graham have led a superhuman battle to demand justice for their son and all victims of police brutality, with weekly vigils as their house for the first 6 mos. followed by mass mobilizations for each of the court dates.  (Folks may remember that after the police officer who shot him, Richard Haste, was indicted, an army of cops showed up at the court house to cheer and applauded him).  Constance and Frank have been at the forefront of pulling together an alliance of families who have lost loved ones to police violence, including the families of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr, Shantel Davis, Mohamad Bah, as well as Margarita Rosario, the Bell Family and more.  All of these folks, as well as Al Sharpton and Central Park Jogger defendant Yusef Saalam participated a powerful memorial dinner at the 1199 union hall in December, as well as supporting the family at the last court date in December.

The next court date is not until March 26th. We will be talking to management about getting release time for that date, as well as the trial once it happens, just as we have for the earlier dates.  Clearly, Haste’s attorneys are trying to drag this out as long as they can. This weekend’s vigil is an important step in keeping up the momentum.

Below is a message from Constance about the vigil this Saturday.

Good Day Ramarley’s Supporters,

It has been a while since our last email, but we have been organizing what and how we should honor our son Ramarley Graham.  February 2, 2013 will mark the one year date that NYPD officer Richard Haste kicked my apartment door down and murdered my son in my bathroom.

It has been a trying time for Frank and myself being that the holidays came and past and we could not celebrate because we didn’t have our son.  Let’s not forget and lets keep reminding the NYPD of what one of their comrade did on the evening of February 2, 2012 by coming out in the magnitude of numbers you did when you just heard and was sicken to your stomach of such an act. Let your presence be a constant reminder that we are not SLEEPING.  We will be rallying and memorializing Ramarley on February 2, 2013 in front of 749 East 229th Street, between Barnes and White Plains Road, Bronx, NY 10466.

Please see the attached flyer.  Frank and myself need your support.

Thank you for your continuous support

Constance Malcolm
Franclot Graham

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