Mothers of the movement for Black lives continue to pursue justice

Legal Time for justicesource: The San Diago
published: 1 June 2019

Mother’s Day [US] marked a celebration of the mother-child bond by millions worldwide. For Mothers of the Movement, a group of African American women whose children were killed by police or senseless gun violence, the celebrations are bittersweet.

Over the years, the women have become an influential voice in the Black Lives Matter movement with their strong voices of protest and pursuit of active community involvement in criminal justice reform and gun law legislation. Their work at the grassroots, local, state, and national levels continues today.

Here’s what some of them have been up to recently.

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Celebs and relatives of Martin Luther King Jr. call for new probe into his death

Injusticesource: Daily Mail
published: 1 January 2019

A group of concerned US citizens are calling for new probes into the murders of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

The Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) has alleged in a statement released on Saturday that conspiracies at play in each of the four assassinations were covered up by the government.

‘On the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a group of over 60 prominent American citizens is calling upon Congress to reopen the investigations into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy,’ the statement said.

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Oscar Grant’s family fights to rename the station where he died

Oscar Grant Muralsource: The Root
published: 12 November 2018

Almost 10 years ago, Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old black man, was fatally shot by a Bay Area Rapid Transit officer in Oakland, California, on New Year’s Eve. With the anniversary of his death approaching, Grant’s family is asking for BART and the city of Oakland to recognize him by renaming the station where he was killed.

According to KGO-TV, Grant’s family pleaded with BART’s board of directors last week to name the Fruitvale station after him. It would be an act of memorial in a country that far too frequently fails to memorialize the most painful, most divisive, and most traumatic events for marginalized communities.

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