source: UK to US Justice Tour
published: 20 October 2015
From Oakland’s Oscar Grant Plaza to the LA Convention Centre, through neighbourhoods all across California, the #CaravanForJustice and its UK Justice Team developed the links and relationships necessary for international solidarity around the issue of state violence. Each stop brought the experiences of family members who have had loved ones die at the hands of police in England together with communities that have long suffered state violence in the US.
Activists working across various organisations – including #BlackLivesMatter chapters, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union – are engaging in their communities in California to mobilise justice teams that will hold law enforcement to account. Patrisse Cullors and Taina Vargas-Edmond of the Ella Baker Center are heading up a ‘truth and reinvestment’ program that encourages a collective recognition of historic and contemporary racism whilst also divesting from those state resources, such as police and prisons, which perpetuate this racism and violence institutionally.
Families and campaigners from the UK have also long made demands of the state for truth and reinvestment, specifically around the issue of deaths in custody.