The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has set off a wave of protests and uprisings across the United States. The rash of police violence, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic and the unemployment crisis, has pushed many people to breaking point. It is imperative that we demand justice for George Floyd, and build international solidarity and support for the protests in the US. We have organized this emergency public meeting to hear eyewitness reports from activists on the ground in Minneapolis and across the US.
Rose Brewer, a longtime activist in the black freedom struggle based in Minneapolis. She has been involved in building political organizations against police violence, and was a coauthor of the Black Lives Matter 2017 report, “A Vision for Black Lives”.
Adam Burch, a Minneapolis bus driver from the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005, the local chapter of the bus workers union in Minneapolis, who have been supporting the protests and who have refused to transport police or protestors arrested by the police.
Kali Akuno, the co-director of Cooperation Jackson, a network of worker cooperatives in Jackson, Mississippi and a longtime organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and a member of the New Afrikan People’s Organization. He is the coauthor of “Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self Determination in Jackson, Mississippi”
Aamer Anwar, a prominent campaigning lawyer and activist in Scotland. Aamer represents the family of Sheku Bayoh, a 31-year-old man killed in police custody in Scotland in 2015.