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Sunday, June 21 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Organizing with Families Affected by Police Violence

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The Forced Trajectory Project is a documentary project following various families who have lost their loved ones to police violence. In the first part of this session, we will show documentary shorts featuring family members' narratives of what happened to their loved ones and how their paths in life have changed. Afterwards, the audience will engage with a panel including the family members featured in the documentaries. Through the collective wisdom of the group we will develop our vision for how to achieve real communal justice.


Vanissa W. Chan

ACD Media, Justice for Kenny Coalition, Families United 4 Justice
Vanissa Chan is an artist and organizer. She has been working with families affected by police violence for 6 years, documenting their stories and organizing with them. She co-founded the Justice for Kenny Coalition in 2010 with Jennifer Gonzalez, the partner of Kenny Lazo.

Jennifer Gonzalez

Justice for Kenny Coalition
Jennifer Gonzalez is the partner of Police Brutality victim Kenny Lazo who was killed in 2008. Jennifer co-founded the Justice for Kenny Coalition, a grassroots anti-police brutality collective that utilizes the arts as a beacon for awareness of the police violence in the LI community.

Cynthia Howell

Families United 4 Justice
Cynthia Howell is the niece of Alberta Spruill, who died from a botched drug raid in 2003. Cynthia is the point of contact for Families United 4 Justice, an organization calling for unity amongst all the families affected by police violence in New York State.

Cephus Johnson

Cephus "Uncle Bobby" Johnson is the CEO of the Love Not Blood Campaign, and the uncle of Oscar Grant, who was killed on New Year's Day, 2009, by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle. Uncle Bobby has played an integral role in galvanizing the Oakland community to demand justice for Oscar.  He was also an advisor for the Hollywood feature film about the life of Oscar Grant, Fruitvale Station released in 2013.  

Nicholas Heyward Sr.

Nicholas Naquan Heyward, Jr. Memorial Foundation
Nicholas Heyward, Sr. is the father of Nicholas Heyward, Jr. who was 13 when he was killed by NYPD Officer Brian George while playing in the stairwell of the Gowanus Houses in 1994. Nicholas has fought tirelessly for the last 20 years to reopen his son's case while advocating for other families.

Oja Vincent

ACD Media, SunChild Productions, Earthship Haiti
Oja Vincent is a sound producer and organizer. He works with Vanissa on the Forced Trajectory Project, a longterm documentary project following the paths of families affected by police violence. He is also involved in the movement to create sustainable communities in Haiti for native Haitians.

Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
State Hall: Room 131