Martinez Sutton Brother of Rekia Boyd speaks 30 mins in. My father and uncle of Stephon Watts speaks 39 mins into the video

On the day that [George] Zimmerman was charged, there was an incredibly inspiring panel in Chicago called Trayvon Martin and the Fight Against the New Jim Crow. Cousin of Emmett Till, Simeon Wright, was there to link today’s instances of racism to the brutal murder of his cousin. Martinez Sutton and Stephen Watts, both who lost family members to police shootings, were there to share their tragic stories (you really MUST listen to these stories as there is a huge fight ahead of us for justice for Rekia Boyd and Stephon Watts), a member of the Free Howard Morgan Campaign was there to tell the grossly unjust story of a man who was shot 28 times by police and was recently convicted to 40 years in prison, members of Rainbow PUSH were there to talk about the charges against Zimmerman as a starting point, and activist Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor gave an incredible speech where she said, ‘George Zimmerman, who has finally been arrested, may have pulled the trigger. But 250 years of legal slavery, 100 years of legalized discrimination under the system called Jim Crow, and 40 years of institutionalized racism is what provided the gun and cocked it in the first place.’ We also had a statement from Dr. John Carlos, who raised the Black power fist at the 1968 Olympics:

‘I support tonight’s event with all my heart. Why? Because I support justice for Trayvon Martin with all my heart. Back in 1968 when Tommie Smith and I raised our fists on that medal platform at the Olympics, we knew that we would catch hell but we didn’t care. We didn’t care because we were doing it for our children and our children’s children. We did it because we wanted the coming generations to live and breathe in this country as full citizens with equal rights and be able to achieve their God-given potential. We were not fighting for a world where a young man with his whole life laid out in front of him would find himself dead on the ground for the crime of Living While Black. What happened to Trayvon, what happened in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and what happens in many other places and with many other cases we never hear anything about, is to me simply proof that the fight didn’t end in 1968. It’s still ongoing and it will continue to keep on going until all people of all colors are free to live without fear of violence from their oppressors. I am Trayvon Martin. Just like I am Troy Davis. Just like I am every last person who this society deems to be something less than human because of the way God made us. This country has been playing that game for way too long. It’s a game that won’t end with Trayvon Martin. But it can be beginning of the end, if we’re willing to fight and make it so.’

(via mknmv)