( Chicago, IL ) UNTIL FREEDOM, founded by Tamika D. Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Mysonne Linen, and Angelo Pinto will lead a national day of action next Monday, Oct. 28 in more than sixteen cities across the United States to honor the life of Atatiana Jefferson, a young Black woman in Fort Worth, Texas, who was just 28-years-old when she was murdered by a Fort Worth Police officer in her own home.
In Chicago, Deborah Harris and local organizers will lead an event at Apostolic Church of God in partnership with other leading activists, advocates, elected officials, faith and community leaders, artists and more.
"It is absolutely outrageous to consider that less than one week after Officer Amber Guyger was found guilty of murdering Botham Jean in his home in Dallas, that another Texas police officer could fire with impunity into the home of another innocent Black person," says Tamika D. Mallory, adding, "We demand answers, but more importantly, we demand change. We will not allow Black people to continue to be preyed upon by those committed to protecting and serving them."
The family of Atatiana Jefferson said the following about the Day of Outrage, "Our family is mourning over the tragic and untimely murder of Atatiana by Aaron Dean former Fort Worth police officer. Although Dean, has been arrested and charged, he is back on the streets and we are uncertain justice will prevail. We demand full transparency and accountability. It is our sincere hope that Atatiana's story will not be forgotten, and our pursuit of dignity prevents the likelihood of similar events of police abuse. Please show up for the Day of Outrage wherever you are. Keep our loved one's name alive!"
WHAT: Day of Outrage - People across the country will stand in solidarity and demand justice for Atatiana Jefferson and all Black women whose lives have been taken due to police violence. Everyone is being asked to wear black on Monday as a sign of unity.
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, 6:30 p.m. CT
WHERE: Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S Dorchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
WHO: Speakers include -
Pastor Ricky Allmon, Apostolic Church of God
Kina Collins, gun violence prevention advocate and Congressional candidate for IL-07
Other local community organizers and activists to be announced day of event
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/1479490885537523 .
Social media: #ProtectOurSisters #DayofOutrage
BACKGROUND: Until Freedom is an intersectional social justice organization rooted in the leadership of diverse people of color to address systemic and racial injustice. At Until Freedom, we believe that those closest to the pain are closest to the solution therefore we focus on investing in those who are the most directly impacted by cyclical poverty, inequality and state violence. We are a clearinghouse for advocates, new & budding activists, seasoned community organizers, students, movement lawyers, entertainers and artists, policy experts, formerly & currently incarcerated individuals, and survivors of gun violence to work linearly to uplift all of our people. Everyone is worthy, everyone is needed to win.
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