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.
ಈ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವುದೇ ಸುದ್ದಿ ಅಪ್ಡೇಟ್ಗಳು ಈ ಐಟಂ ನ ನೆಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಪಟ್ಟಿ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುವುದು
‘Together We Are’ was a vibrant night of live music, arts and poetry commemorating the death of Mikey Powell, who died in police custody in September 2003, and in support of Tony Egbuna Ford, an innocent black man awaiting a death sentence in Texas, USA.
There were blazing live performances by Capital X, ಕಲ್ಯಾಣ ಕವಿಗಳು, Princess Emmanuelle & ಸ್ನೇಹಿತರು, ಅಲೆಕ್ಸಾಂಡರ್ ಬೇಸಿಗೆ ಮತ್ತು ಟ್ರಿಬ್ಯೂನ್ಗಳ.
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 ಮತ್ತು 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 (ಅಲೆಕ್ಸಾಂಡರ್ ಬೇಸಿಗೆ, Princess Emmanuelle), regular contributors since 2006 (ಟ್ರಿಬ್ಯೂನ್ಗಳ); 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. ಈಗ, while my experience and Mikey Powell’s may not be ‘exactly’ the same, we have both been sentenced to death. ಆದರೆ, I am still able to fight to save my life. ದುಃಖದಿಂದ, brother Mikey Powell is not here to do the same. Brother Mikey should not be dead.”
ಅನುಸರಿಸಿ ಅಪ್ ಸುದ್ದಿ:
ಟೋನಿ Egbuna ಫೋರ್ಡ್ was the driver for two brothers who went to a house in El-Paso to collect a drug debt in 1991. ಸಹೋದರರು ತಮ್ಮ ನುಗ್ಗಿತು ಆದರೆ ಹುಡುಕುತ್ತಿರುವ ಮಾಡಲಾಯಿತು ಮನುಷ್ಯ ಸಿಗಲಿಲ್ಲ.
ಅವರು ವಿಳಾಸದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೆಣ್ಣಿನಿಂದ ಹಣ ಬೇಡಿಕೆ ನಂತರ ನಾಲ್ಕು ಕುಟುಂಬ ಸದಸ್ಯರು ಪ್ರತಿ ಚಿತ್ರೀಕರಣ, ಮಗ ಕೊಲ್ಲುವ, ಗಂಭೀರವಾಗಿ ಗಾಯಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದರು ತಾಯಿ ಮತ್ತು ಎರಡು ಯುವ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರು ಜನರನ್ನು ಕೊಂದು. 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, ಮಿಕಿ ಎಂದು, (a cousin of renowned poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah) died on 7th September 2003, ವಯಸ್ಸಾದ 38, whilst in police custody in Handsworth, ಬರ್ಮಿಂಗ್ಹ್ಯಾಮ್.
Here’s what happened: Officers drove a police car at Mikey, ಅವನಿಗೆ ಹೊಡೆಯುವ, beat him with batons, CS gassed him, restrained him and, knowing he was injured, drove him to a police station not a hospital. At the police station the officers simply did not call for an ambulance for over 4 minutes. Mikey was dead by the time it arrived. Visit website >