A caravan seeking to mobilize communities of color against police brutality will travel throughout California Oct. 3 through Oct. 10, led by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in partnership with the ACLU of California.
The #CaravanForJustice will launch in Oakland on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Frank Ogawa Plaza. Family members of victims of police violence will speak, including Cephus Johnson, the uncle of Oscar Grant.
The caravan will train community members on how to respond to law enforcement violence, and spread awareness about the Mobile Justice CA app, a tool that can be used to record law enforcement abuses.
“The concerns over police practices, including racial profiling and excessive use of force, are very real for communities across the state,” said Hector Villagra, executive director of ACLU SoCal. “This app will help serve as a check on abuse – whether by police officers, sheriff’s deputies, border patrol, or other officials – allowing ordinary citizens to record and document any interaction with law enforcement.”
To spark a global conversation, family members of those killed by police in the United Kingdom will travel on the #CaravanForJustice as well.
“There is a war on Black and brown people in this country right now, and we are in a state of emergency,” said Patrisse Cullors, Truth and Reinvestment Campaign Director at the Ella Baker Center.
“And in much the same way that we have emergency preparedness trainings for natural disasters, we need to train low-income communities of color on how to respond to incidents of violence on the streets and inside the jails,” she said.
The #CaravanForJustice will stop in Sacramento, Stockton, Salinas, Fresno, Riverside, Orange County, San Diego, and end in Los Angeles at Politicon. Stops will include panels featuring organizers and community members who are directly impacted by police violence, as well as marches, rallies, town halls, and teach-ins.
The caravan seeks to gain support for the Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015 (AB 953) and launch Justice Teams for Truth and Reinvestment in nine counties throughout the state.
These Justice Teams will serve as local rapid response networks to help community members respond to incidents of law enforcement violence. Teams will include lawyers to support families who have had encounters with law enforcement, healing justice practitioners, and will provide toolkits to train community members as rapid responders.
Justice Teams will advance a Truth and Reinvestment agenda – demanding that funds for policing and jails be redirected towards healthcare, employment, and other services for communities of color most harmed by decades of criminalization, incarceration, and systemic oppression.
For more information, visit the #CaravanForJustice or ellabakercenter.org.