Pat Coker (mother of Paul Coker) gave a moving speech at the September 2006 launch of ‘The Sounds of Injustice’, a CD inspired by the 2001 film ‘INJUSTICE‘ from Migrant Media. In this collection of 16 tracks, the music bristles with political barbs, and gets through styles from roots reggae, to soul, to hip hop, to jazz.
“There’s a mix of different styles of music, you know, every one’s got a message” says the compiler of the CD and director of Injustice, Ken Fero, “whether it’s about the media, about the police, about racism, about corruption, they’re all very different, not just because of style, but because of content. But they’ve all got one thing in common: all these people did the music because they want to support the families.”
The Tribunes version of Strange Fruit (featuring Judy Green and Poetic Justice). And the performances at the launch by Princess Emmanuel, Ebele and Warehouse, show the depth of artistic talent throughout. But however powerful the music and however well meaning the artists, it all means nothing if there is no political impact.
“Is it enough? It’s not even anywhere near enough.” Says Brenda Weinberg who helped found the United Families and Friends Campaign in 1997 after her brother, Brian Douglas, died at the hands of the police. “The reality of it is that it’s a brilliant CD, just as the film Injustice is a brilliant film: it’s done so much to raise the profile of deaths in custody.
“But to say it’s going to turn things around: hell no, of course it’s not. But I’m glad it’s out there, it’s something that’s tangible. At least somebody or a group of people are doing something, and that’s what counts and that’s all we can hang onto at the moment.”
Injustice CD: sounding the alarm over deaths in police custody
A new CD has been released by the people behind the 2001 film Injustice that told the story of families seeking justice for deaths in police custody.
Remembering Mikey Powell & Battling for Justice
The Friends of Mikey Powell campaign held a commemorative event on the third anniversary of his death in police custody. A hundred people heard an update on the campaign from Mikey’s cousin, Tippa Naphtali.