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Friday, October 31, 2014

Lesley McSpadden taking her son Mike Brown's case to the U.N.


So proud of this mom! The fight will continue regardless of whether there is an indictment of Darren Wilson. I remember in the wee hours of the morning watching a live stream on the ground in Ferguson where there was an older gentlemen singing a song during an interview in the background, that was very catchy, he was singing it with so much conviction, that it stuck with me:
"Before I Be a Slave, I will die in my grave and go home to my lord, I'll be Free"
Low and Behold,  watching a documentary on Netflix one evening, called: "Mississippi Spies", (MUST SEE) and the same words the man in the live stream was singing was part of the soundtrack!
I can't believe these same songs from the civil rights movement is being sang in the year 2014! The more things change, the more they stay the same. 
reports: ViceNews:
Lesley McSpadden, the mother of the 18-year-old boy whose death at the hands of a Ferguson police officer in August sparked weeks of protests, is going to Geneva, Switzerland next month to speak about her son and other victims of police brutality in front of the United Nations.
Mike Brown's killing is still under investigation by federal officials, while a local grand jury tasked with deciding whether to charge officer Darren Wilson for his death is supposed to make an announcement any day — with few in Ferguson believing that an indictment is.
But with little faith in the justice her son will receive, McSpadden, accompanied by one of the family's lawyers and a handful of local activists and human rights advocates, is taking her son's case — and that of other victims of racial profiling and police violence — straight to the UN Committee Against Torture, the body tasked with preventing torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment and punishment around the world.
The trip — which was recently made public by organizers and promoted under the tagline "Ferguson to Geneva" — is meant to make a case, to as wide an audience as possible, that both Brown's killing and the militarized police response to protesters demanding justice for him, are a matter of human rights.
"It's actually covered by article one of the convention against torture," Justin Hansford, a law professor at Saint Louis University and co-author of a brief to the UN body filed by Brown's family and local activists, told VICE News. "When the government has all the guns, all the force, and when they can kill people with impunity and without fear of being found guilty of a crime, that's a classic example of state violence."
"You see this in dictatorships and regimes where they do this to their own citizens and they get away with it," he added.
Hansford compared Brown's killing to that of Emmet Till in the 1950s — a pivotal moment behind the civil rights movement of the following years. READ IN ENTIRETY AT VICE NEWS

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