THE PEOPLES ORGANIZATION FOR PROGRESS
PO BOX 22505
NEWARK, NJ 07101
973 801 0001
CONTACT: LAWRENCE HAMM
August 16, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!
MOTHER OF NJ POLICE BRUTALITY VICTIM CALLS FOR FERGUSON SOLIDARITY MARCH!
CALLS UPON US ATTORNEY TO INVESTIGATE HER SON'S DEATH!
On Saturday, August 16, 2014, Michele Kamal, the mother of Abdul Kamal who was shot and killed by Irvington, New Jersey police officers, will appear at a press conference tomorrow to call upon people to participate in a march for against police brutality and a particular call for justice in the case of Michael Brown, killed by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.
The press conference will take place at 12:00 noon at the Lincoln Monument located in front of the Essex County Courthouse at the intersection of Springfield Ave and West Market Street in downtown Newark, New Jersey.
This is the site where the march will begin next week.
The march itself will take on Wednesday, August 20th at 5pm.
The Brown case has drawn the ire of African-Americans all over the country, especially since it appears that this young man was shot with his hands up! Ferguson, near St. Louis, became the scene of mass protests and a minor uprising early in the aftermath of Brownâs killing. The manner of Brownâs death and the heavy militarized policing of the protests have drawn revulsion from all quarters of public opinion. This past Thursday, August 14th, was a national day of outrage in solidarity Brown, his family and that angry community. Local students organized a âHands upâ moment of silence that drew nearly 100 young people to Newark City Hall steps.
Brownâs killing also comes on the heels of the recent chokehold police killing of Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY, an ugly incident captured on videotape!
âPeople are saying in the streets what weâve been saying all along, that police brutality is a national issue,â said Lawrence Hamm, the founding chairman for the Peopleâs Organization for Progress.
In addition for calling for Wednesdayâs solidarity march, Ms. Kamal will also discuss her son's case and call upon Paul Fishman, the US Attorney for New Jersey, to investigate the matter. Abdul Kamal was slain by Irvington police officers outside his home on November 11th, 2013 in a hail of fifteen shots, ten striking him fatally! He was proven to have been unarmed and had his hands in the pockets of his sweat hood when he was senselessly shot. The Peopleâs Organization for Progress has already co-hosted two protest marches for the Kamal case.
Wednesdayâs march will also be dedicated to the late Mary Weaver, who was P.O.Pâs secretary general and vice-chair for internal affairs. Ms. Weaver came into the organization in 1999 in the aftermath of losing her only child, Randy Weaver in a police killing. Incredibly, she would then turn her unimaginable pain into power and became a highly respected and sought after force for justice against police brutality in her own right! She passed away on July 31st. &nbs p; &nbs p;
On Saturday, August 23rd, the Peopleâs Organization will also participate in a mass march across the Verrazano Bridge to protest Eric Garnerâs death as a consequence of a police chokehold. The march is initiated by the National Action Network. Details forthcomingâ¦
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