Ramarley Graham Vigil To Be Held At Bronx Criminal Courthouse
Occupy Guitarmy To Occupy Courthouse On Eve Of NYPD Trial
This Thursday, September 13, Occupy Guitarmy will join the family of
Ramarley Graham at the start of the trial of the NYPD officer charged
with the killing of their son. The courthouse will be the site of a
large group of social justice activists including Stop Stop & Frisk,
Take Back The Bronx and hip hop group Rebel Diaz.
On February 2, Ramarley Graham, an 18-year-old Bronx resident, was
followed home from a local convenience store, shot and killed by officer
Richard Haste inside his own home. The community was outraged at this
brutal and unnecessary act, and Ramarlay’s story has now been linked to
the large number of victims of police brutality in the city. Many
prominent communities, from city councilmen (Jumaane Williams) to
religious leaders (Rev. Al Sharpton) have spoken on behalf of Graham and
against the policies of the NYPD.
Bronx Courthouse Occupied
On the eve of the trial the Occupy Guitarmy will lead a group of
activists from Union Square on an eight mile march to the Bronx Criminal
Courthouse (215 E 161st St.) where they will perform a “sleepful
protest” outside the court’s doors.
The Occupy group wishes to highlight the confluence of policing
problems evident in the tragedy of Ramarley Graham: an out of control
surveillance state, lack of proper police training, racial profiling,
unlawful entry, and unwarranted use of lethal force. These are endemic
problems within the NYPD’s failed drug enforcement and Stop & Frisk
March leaves Union Square Wed, Sept 12, 3pm
March arrives Bronx Courthouse 215 E 161st Street at 7pm
Songs and Occupation into the night
9am, Bronx Criminal Court (215 E 161st Street)
1pm: Vigil for Reynaldo Cuevas, a man shot by a police officer while he
escaping the scene of an armed robbery. At Aneurys Deli Grocery at 1299
The Occupy Guitarmy is a musical street action project of the OWS
Music Working Group. The leaderless, multi-instrumental group plays and
sings in support of workers and for actions supporting economic,
environmental, or social justice. The group’s two most recent actions
were a trans-Manhattan march in support of the Russian musicians and
political prisoners Pussy Riot, and a 99 mile march from Philadelphia to
NYC to celebrate the 100th birthday of Woody Guthrie.
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