For Mikey & Tony
This event was a collaboration in conjunction with 4WardEver the Mikey Powell Campaign and Birmingham Indymedia, and took place at The Rainbow in Birmingham on 7th September 2007.
इस मामले पर कोई समाचार अद्यतन इस मद के पैर में सूचीबद्ध किया जाएगा
‘Together We Are’ was a vibrant night of live music, कला और कविता मिकी पॉवेल की मृत्यु के उपलक्ष्य, जो सितंबर में पुलिस हिरासत में मृत्यु हो गई 2003, और टोनी Egbuna फोर्ड के समर्थन में, एक मासूम काले आदमी टेक्सास में एक मौत की सजा का इंतजार, अमेरिका.
There were blazing live performances by राजधानी एक्स, कल्याण कवि, Princess Emmanuelle & Friends, गर्मी सिकंदर और Tribunes.
Many of the artistes travelled from the United States and London to take part in this annual event, and the campaign were also supported by The Rainbow manager/owner, Kent, who gave the venue free of charge and provided refreshments to the performers throughout the night.
Thanks also go out to Sam, Alex and others at IndyMedia Birmingham who assisted with securing the venue, publicity, press and radio interviews. Friends and family members also helped on the night and provided support and advice in the planning of the event.
The campaign would also express appreciation to Newstyle Radio, BBC West Midlands और Smooth Radio for giving airtime about the event and the work of 4WardEver, and the Mikey Powell Campaign.
This was a special night enjoyed by all present. We cannot thank enough those artistes that have supported this event every year since Mikey’s death (गर्मी सिकंदर, Princess Emmanuelle), regular contributors since 2006 (Tribunes); and this years selfless contributions from Capital X and the Welfare Poets.
Special thanks to Tippa Naphtali who made it all happen!
From Texas death row Tony Egbuna Ford sent us this powerful message:
“The death of Mikey Powell is something that should resonate with everyone in the UK and abroad, regardless of race, class or background. Here was a brother who was taken into police custody, and given an impromptu death sentence.
“For me personally, this resonates with me, in that I was taken into police custody, and charged with a capital offence which resulted in my being sentenced to death. अब, while my experience and Mikey Powell’s may not be ‘exactly’ the same, we have both been sentenced to death. लेकिन, I am still able to fight to save my life. उदासी से, brother Mikey Powell is not here to do the same. Brother Mikey should not be dead.”
टोनी Egbuna फोर्ड was the driver for two brothers who went to a house in El-Paso to collect a drug debt in 1991. The brothers forced their way in but didn’t find the man they were looking for.
They demanded money from a woman at the address then shot each of the four family members, killing the son, seriously injuring the mother and wounding two young women. There was no evidence to place Tony in the house that night. He was convicted and sentenced to death despite his testimony that he was not involved in the break-in or shooting. Visit website >
Michael Lloyd Powell, मिकी रूप में जाना जाता है, (a cousin of renowned poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah) died on 7th September 2003, वृद्ध 38, whilst in police custody in Handsworth, बिर्मिंघम.
Here’s what happened: अधिकारियों मिकी में एक पुलिस गाड़ी चलाई, उसे मार, उसे batons के साथ हराया, सीएस उसे मार डाला, और उसे रोका, जानते हुए भी वह घायल हो गया था, drove him to a police station not a hospital. पुलिस स्टेशन पर अधिकारियों को एक एम्बुलेंस के लिए बस से अधिक के लिए फोन नहीं किया 4 मिनट. मिकी समय यह आ से मर गया था. Visit website >