Reposted from Black Talk Radio Network
March 15-16 International Protest Against Police Brutality To Be Held In Memphis
The local events will begin on March 15 with a rally at 10 a.m. outside Memphis City Hall, 125 N. Main St. After the rally, protesters will march to police department headquarters at 201 Poplar Ave., where they will conduct a picket line.
On March 16, a community speak-out against police brutality and a mini-conference for activists will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at LeMoyne-Owen College in the Little Theater of the Alma Hanson Student Center, 807 Walker Ave.
The International Day of Action Against Police Brutality began with protests in Montreal, Canada, and in Sweden on March 15, 1997, and since then has been held annually throughout the world. This will be the first observance in Memphis, said JoNina Ervin, the acting chair of the Memphis Black Autonomy Federation, whose Black Autonomy Copwatch program is sponsoring the local events.
Activists from Denver, Colo., Dayton, Ohio, and St. Louis are among those expected to attend, Ervin said.
“Many anti-police brutality activists in the United States know that at least 13 people have been killed by Memphis police officers since 2012,” said Ervin. “This number is one of the highest, if not the highest, number of civilians killed by police in America in the past year.
“Our fellow activists in other cities are outraged by these deaths, and that’s why several are coming to stand in solidarity with us in our fight against police terror, brutality, and corruption in Memphis.”
Black Autonomy Copwatch
c/o Memphis Black Autonomy Federation
P.O. Box 16382 – Memphis, TN 38186-0382