The Echoes of Emmett The Teen Public Showcase brings together middle through high school aged students from across the community around the themes that are present in the Emmett Till story so that their voices are heard through the art they create. The Echoes of Emmett workshops are a collaboration between local teens with the most vibrant local artists, painters, performance artists, rappers, film producers, professors, teachers, African American historians and Black Lives Matter activists to create works to be showcased to the larger community.
Black Lives Matter-CU mourns the loss of 24-year-old Ashley Gibson whose life was brutally taken–leaving her two sons Demari and Levi without a mother. She was known for her loving, sunny personality that will be remembered and gravely missed.
A candle light vigil will be held in memory of Ashley, April 29th 6:00PM, at the Church of Living God (1109 N. 4th street Champaign).
GoFundMe: Ashley Gibson Memorial Service
Benefit Show: Ashley Gibson Benefit Show hosted by The Accord
News Report: Ashley Gibson’s Family is Mourning her Death (address is incorrect for candle vigil in this news report)
re-cap -Your Sib, Liv
Friday morning, February 26th, over 60 protesters gathered to take stage at the Champaign County Courthouse after hearing that no charges were filed against Matt Rush who has a track record of using excessive force and abusing his power as a police officer. There was also call for Illinois State’s Attorney, Julia Rietz to be removed for the decision to not prosecute Rush. The march was vocal with expressive chants demanding the two out of their positions and heart-aching stories were shared, specifically those of local activist, Martel and his son, Calvin Miller’s experiences with the Champaign County’s police force.
On Friday 19th, Opal Tometi met and spoke with the Champaign-Urbana Black Lives Matter chapter at the University YMCA to discuss police brutality, city budgets overspending police departments, and root causes within racial injustice.
“Matt Rush is a danger to this community and its citizens. Yet he is still working and existing in our lives, against the wishes of our police chief and council. Wasted funds on his violence against our people will only continue!”
[Content Warning: graphic image of police brutality]
Arbitration Overrules Police Accountability in Champaign, Nation– by Jeff Kelly Lowenstein
Please join us at the YMCA Friday Forum! CU is welcoming#blacklivesmatter co-founder Opal Tometi.
When: Friday, February 19th
Where: Allen Hall (1005 W Gregory Dr, Urbana, Illinois 61801)
Time: 12:00 PM