Mothers of the movement for Black lives continue to pursue justice

Legal Time for justicesource: The San Diago
published: 1 June 2019

Mother’s Day [US] marked a celebration of the mother-child bond by millions worldwide. For Mothers of the Movement, a group of African American women whose children were killed by police or senseless gun violence, the celebrations are bittersweet.

Over the years, the women have become an influential voice in the Black Lives Matter movement with their strong voices of protest and pursuit of active community involvement in criminal justice reform and gun law legislation. Their work at the grassroots, local, state, and national levels continues today.

Here’s what some of them have been up to recently.

1. On May 13, nearly five years after Garner famously pleaded, “I can’t breath,” Gwen Carr and her daughter Ellisha Garner, with the help of Communities United for Police Reform, succeeded in getting New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board to consider disciplinary action against NYPD Officer Daniel Pantelo, the officer who used the forbidden chokehold that killed Eric Garner. “Today’s victory was good, but it wasn’t everything. We have more to go, we want full justice,” said Ellisha Garner.

2. Sybrina Fulton says, “I won’t ever give up. I won’t ever stop this fight.” She co-founded of the Trayvon Martin Foundation with Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin in March, 2012. The organization’s stated goal is “to shift the conversation from intervention to reform” of gun legislation and support families who’ve lost a child to gun violence.

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