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Saturday, July 4 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Every 28 Hours: Murdered by the New Jim Crow

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As this conference begins, more than 520 people will have been killed at the hand of police in the United States—and well over half of them will have been Black. From the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson to the killing of Eric Garner on Stanton Island; and from the murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland to the killing of Freddie Grey in Baltimore, the epidemic of police murder of African Americans has become a source of struggle and a topic of heated conversation as both the scale of the problem as well as of the resistance has brought the issue to the attention of millions of people. “Hands up, don’t shoot,” and “I can’t breathe,” have become ubiquitous slogans that drive home the enormity of the crimes being committed every day against Black people in the United States. This violence is not an aberration, but a key component of a systematic policy of racial oppression and disfranchisement dubbed by acclaimed author Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow.

Speakers
avatar for Jeralynn Brown-Blueford

Jeralynn Brown-Blueford

Jeralynn Brown-Blueford is the Co-Director of the Alan Blueford Center for Justice and the Co-Founder of the Alan Blueford Foundation. | | The Alan Blueford Center for Justice and The Alan Blueford Foundation, were born out of the tragic death of Jeralynn’s youngest son, Alan. Jeralyn's endeavor now is to be instrumental in healing those who have suffered injustices, to help bring about change, and to stop the police brutality.  
avatar for Carey Downs

Carey Downs

Carey Downs is anti-police brutality activist from Stockton, California. Ever since his step-son, James Earl Rivera Jr., was murdered by Stockton police in 2010 at the age of 16, Downs has been fighting alongside his wife, Dionne Smith-Downs, for justice for their son. To this day the Stockton police have refused to provide complete accounting of their son's death and have allowed all officers involved to remain on duty. Through their activism... Read More →
avatar for Teressa Raiford

Teressa Raiford

Teressa Raiford is a community organizer and social justice activist fighting for police accountability and legislative reform. She received the 2014 OR NAACP for Women in Politics, 2014 she also won awards for anti gentrification projects with STEM focus and recently started a NPO called Oregon Know Your Rights which supports community education, advocacy and direct action.
avatar for Dionne Smith-Downs

Dionne Smith-Downs

Dionne Smith-Downs is anti-police brutality activist from Stockton, California. Ever since her son, James Earl Rivera Jr., was murdered by Stockton police in 2010 at the age of 16, Smith-Downs has been fighting for justice for her son. To this day the Stockton police have refused to provide complete accounting of her son's death and have allowed all officers involved to remain on duty. Through her activism Smith-Downs has also become a... Read More →


Saturday July 4, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Burnham A/B/C