April 11, 2016
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Thursday, March 17, 2016 (New York, NY) – “I am saddened by the news of the passing of former Georgia State Senator Ralph David Abernathy III, the son of the famed civil rights leader. He was my friend and brother, an activist in the truest sense of the word, and the bearer of the flame of his father, who co-piloted the civil rights movement with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He would often come and speak at National Action Network and we spent many hours talking. Even as he suffered with cancer throughout the last several months, we shared advice and a close relationship. He was a model for continuing the work in our generation and of the generations past. He will be missed. He will be mourned. He will be loved. He was the son of a true giant who became a giant in his own right.”
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Relatives of five slain black men spoke out against police brutality at a National Action Network panel this week. The names of their lost sons, husbands and fathers have all made headlines in recent months: Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, John Crawford and Sean Bell.
The New York City convention, held on Wednesday, highlighted powerful reactions to the recent police shooting of Walter Scott, as well as painful recollections of loss and words of wisdom on loved ones who have been killed as a result of police brutality — an act we’ve seen repeated over the passings of many young black men in recent months. The heartbreaking letter penned by Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, to Michael Brown’s family is among those painful reminders.
Words of pain and calls for change were echoed by all the parents and spouses who spoke on Wednesday.
Esaw Snipes, widow of Eric Garner:
“I have to stay strong and fight. Our children [should] know the struggles not only that we come from but the struggles that we still have ahead.”
“It’s not over. We still have to go through this and it’s a shame.”
Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice:
“We’re in a war here. And I just want to continue to fight and to bring awareness of police brutality.”
John Crawford III, father of John Crawford Jr.:
“We’ve got to continue to take action. Police find the ambiguities in the law and they abuse it. We’ve got to cut the head off the snake.”
Leslie MsSpadden, mother of Michael Brown:
“God has always been with me, but now he has become a guide.”
Valerie Bell, mother of Sean Bell:
“We pray and hope that killings are not going to happen again. But the way things are going on, it’s always happening.”
March 4, 2015 – (New York, NY) – On Sunday, March 8 at 11 a.m., Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network, will deliver a key sermon at Brown Chapel A.M.E. in Selma, Alabama, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders were based during the 1965 Voting Rights campaign and organized historic marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
Phillip Randolph Institute
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME)
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AME Zion)
American Federation Of Teachers (AFT)
Bend The Arc| A Jewish Partnership For Justice,
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME)
Church Of God In Christ (COGIC)
Fordham University School Of Law
Hip Hop Caucus
Improved Benevolent And Protective Order Of Elks Of The World
Jack And Jill
League Of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
National Baptist Convention USA Inc.
National Coalition On Black Civic Participation
National Convocation Of The Christian Church (Disciples Of Christ)
National Evangelical Latino Coalition
National Newspaper Publishers Association
NAACP NY State Conference
Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
United Federation Of Teachers (UFT)
November 19, 2014 (New York, NY)—In anticipation of the impending grand jury decision in Ferguson, MO, National Action Network (NAN) Chapters are encouraging community members to join them when it is announced. Regardless of what the decision is, NAN chapters in over 20 cities around the country will gather. If the decision is to indict Officer Darren Wilson, they will focus on what would be a teaching moment on how to deal with national legislation for policing. Moving forward they would also focus on how they can prepare for the trial. If the Ferguson grand jury decision clears him of criminal charges then NAN will call for protests to remain peaceful and for the federal government to come in with a federal grand jury to move for civil rights charges on excessive force. NAN will continue to also call for federal intervention in cases such as Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY.
As more cities are added they will be updated on: www.nationalactionnetwork.net
by Kyle Harvey
Reverend Lennox Yearwood is a man of faith who’s been in hip hop‘s corner since its inception.
Yearwood is the current president of the Hip Hop Caucus, a youth empowerment organization based in Washington, D.C. Yearwood is responsible for such campaigns as Diddy’s “Vote or Die” campaign in 2004 along with Jay-Z’s “Rock The Vote” movement in 2008. His new passion is bringing light to how climate control is impacting urban communities.
Rev. Yearwood sat down with theGrio.com’s Kyle Harvey to discuss hip hop’s activist spirit and the artists he thinks are using their platforms for change.
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