FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2023
CONTACT: Latisha Vincent-Waters, email@example.com, (803)387-2552
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — We are excited to invite South Carolina to our Justice Weekend social justice conference. This two-day conference will explore the theme of “It Takes a Village,” which focuses on community and showcases Justice Workshops in the areas of economic justice, criminal justice, gender justice, and community mental health. This series of workshops with experts, activists, and survivors will share their insights and experiences on recognizing and dealing with mental health issues, accessing gender resources, and disability accessibility.
The event will be held from 9 AM to 5 PM June 2-3, 2023, at Trident Tech College, 7000 Rivers Ave, Charleston, SC 29406. We also would like to invite any local businesses and nonprofits wanting an opportunity to showcase their product or services to a diverse and engaged audience, to become vendors, and interested community members to volunteer or bring family and friends to learn more about social justice and how to be engaged in their local community.
A few highlights will include:
To support this work tickets are a suggested community donation of $5 for school-aged youth, $25 for adults, and $60 for a family of four. Sign up to attend this life-changing community event here: https://bit.ly/justtix
Details about the event: www.justice-weekend.org; Details about the host organization: www.blackliberationfund.org; Contact information: Latisha Vincent-Waters, firstname.lastname@example.org, (803)387-2552
Studies have shown that African Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with severe mental illnesses, but less likely to receive appropriate treatment. They are also more likely to experience trauma and stressors, such as poverty and discrimination, which can contribute to mental health issues.
Instead of receiving the help they need, African Americans with mental illnesses are often met with police intervention and incarceration. This not only perpetuates the cycle of poverty and trauma, but also worsens their mental health.
It is time to address the criminalization of mental health in the African American community. This can be done through increasing access to quality mental health care, addressing systemic racism and bias in the criminal justice system, and providing alternatives to incarceration for those with mental illnesses. Let's work towards creating a society that supports!
Recidivism takes a village
Re-entry into society can be a difficult process for an incarcerated person. It is important that they have the necessary support and resources to help them successfully transition back into the community. With the right guidance, individuals who have been incarcerated can become productive members of society again.
The first step in helping an incarcerated person get back on their feet is to provide emotional and moral support. This includes listening to their stories, helping them navigate the legal system, and offering advice about job opportunities or educational programs that may be available to them. Additionally, it is important to connect them with organizations or professionals who specialize in providing services for formerly incarcerated individuals such as housing assistance, job training, and mental health support.
By offering our time and resources to those who need it most, we can help make a positive impact on someone’s life while also helping our communities become safer and more prosperous places for everyone.
Law enforcement is one of the most important institutions in our society, and it has a responsibility to protect all citizens regardless of race or ethnicity. Unfortunately, the Black community in America has experienced a long history of discrimination and violence from law enforcement. This has resulted in the school-to-prison pipeline, which disproportionately affects Black students and limits their access to educational opportunities. It is essential that we take steps to end this pipeline by reforming law enforcement policies that target people of color, creating more equitable educational opportunities for Black students, and investing in community programs that support the development of young people. With these measures, we can ensure that all young people have access to an education free from discrimination.
Black Love Month
Black love is a powerful force that has been celebrated for generations. It is the foundation of so many families, communities, and cultures. From the warmth of a hug to the joy of shared laughter, Black love radiates and unites us all.
We must celebrate Black relationships in all their forms—romantic or platonic—and recognize how they contribute to our collective strength and resilience. By celebrating Black love, we can show our appreciation for those who have come before us and inspire those who are still on their journey. Let's honor Black people loving one another by showing our support with words of encouragement and acts of kindness.
Update on Lavell Lane
As we mourn the tragic death of Lavell Lane, it is important to reflect on the systemic racism and police brutality that exists in our society. Racism has been a persistent issue for centuries, one that has caused countless injustices and violence. The death of George Floyd has highlighted this issue once again, making it impossible to ignore. We must work together to create meaningful change and ensure that such tragedies do not happen again. This moment is an opportunity for us to come together as a community and take action towards anti-racism and justice for all.
The family is demanding answers, which they claim they have asked for repeatedly but have not yet received. According to family members, Lavell Lane, 29, of Gaffney was detained in the Spartanburg County Detention Center after being apprehended on suspicion of walking on the street on October 2 in the evening. The next day, he passed away there. The family said at a news conference on October 12 that they had not been told how Lane died and that the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office has ignored their demands for information, citing an ongoing investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division. The family announced they were looking for recordings of the proceedings on video and audio.
Tyre Nichols update
In stark contrast to what recordings have later shown, a police report filed hours after Tyre Nichols had been beaten by policemen claimed that Nichols was violent rather than mentioning the forceful kicks and punches he had received.
According to the police report, Nichols, 29, who passed away three days after the beating on January 7, was an enraged suspect who "began to fight" with Memphis police officers, even reaching for one of their weapons. The videos, which were made public last week, didn't depict anything like that.
Instead, they showed cops pulling Nichols from his vehicle, threatening to injure him, and then, after he fled, catching up with him and giving him the fatal beating. From the videos, it appears that Nichols never during this time.
Tyre Nichols was a victim of police brutality, and his story is a reminder of the need for us to take action against this injustice. We must strive to create an environment where people can feel safe from police brutality and oppression. We must work together to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity, no matter their race, gender or ethnicity.
In order to protect oneself from police brutality, we must create ideals that promote the safety of all people. This includes creating laws that protect citizens’ rights and hold law enforcement accountable for their actions. We must also educate ourselves on our rights when interacting with law enforcement officers, so that we can be prepared in the event of a confrontation. Finally, we should strive to build strong relationships between law enforcement and communities so that both sides can work together towards a more equitable society.
Ignite a passion for liberation in everyone. Be a part of something bigger than yourself and make your voice heard.