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The Power of Now
Christina Swarns talks about what the mantras “Hands up, don’t shoot," “I can’t breathe," and "Black lives matter” mean for the current and historic civil rights movements.
“Hands up, don’t shoot.”
“I can’t breathe.”
“Black lives matter.”
LDF Director of Litigation, Christina Swarns, Gives Keynote Address Celebrating Civil Rights in America2/13/15
LDF applauded today’s unanimous vote by the House of Representatives to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the foot soldiers who participated in the Selma to Montgomery marches. The bill seeks to recognize all those who participated in Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday or the final Selma to Montgomery March.
2/11/15Related Case or Issue:
The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund supports the decision of the Brooklyn grand jury to indict NYPD Officer Peter Liang for the crime of manslaughter in the killing of Akai Gurley in November of 2014. Mr. Gurley was, in the words of New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, a “total innocent,” who was shot and killed while walking in the stairwell of the Pink Houses, a public housing development in Brooklyn.