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Family Members and Supporters of Ramarley Graham Express Outrage at Grand Jury’s Decision Not to Indict Richard Haste

by on August 8, 2013


Aug. 8, 2013

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Family Members and Supporters of Ramarley Graham Express Outrage at Grand Jury’s Decision Not to Indict Richard Haste

Graham’s family, community leaders and elected officials demand a federal investigation into the case and vow to continue fighting until justice is won

Bronx, New York: Today family members and supporters of Ramarley Graham rallied in front of the Bronx District Attorney’s Office to express outrage at yesterday’s grand jury decision not to re-indict Graham’s killer, NYPD Officer Richard Haste.

“I am more than outraged,” said Constance Malcolm, the mother of Ramarley Graham. “Richard Haste broke into our home and killed my son in cold blood.  The criminal justice system has failed us, just as it failed the family of Trayvon Martin.  We demand an immediate federal investigation into my son’s death.  We will continue to fight without rest until we win justice.”

On Feb. 2, 2012, Haste pursued 18-year-old Graham into his family’s home and killed him in his bathroom in front of his grandmother and 6-year-old brother. Soon after, a Bronx grand jury indicted Haste on two counts of manslaughter; the first indictment of an NYPD officer for killing a civilian since 2007. This past May, Judge Steven Barrett dismissed the indictment due to an error made by Assistant District Attorney Nancy Borko when instructing jurors. Since that time Graham’s family members and supporters have been engaged in a campaign to raise awareness about the case and demand the justice process move forward.

To many, the grand jury’s decision to let Haste walk free is even more painful in light of the recent acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman.  Many compared the two cases, pointing to racial profiling and a system that fails to hold accountable those who killed youth of color as commonalities.

“I find it disheartening that our justice system can continue to fail us this way,” said Andy King, the City Council Member of District 12, of which Graham was a resident. “It was unacceptable even before the outcry over the George Zimmerman verdict, but given the immense national response to that case I see this as a slap in the face to communities of color throughout the city. If the NYC judicial system could ever claim ignorance to the struggles that communities of color face in situations like this, they may no longer use that defense. To see this case handled with such indifference reflects the state of our entire legal system and the image depicted is both disappointing and infuriating.”

“We cannot rest until justice is done for Ramarley Graham,” said Michelle Alexander, Author, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. “Like Trayvon Martin, Graham was guilty of little more than being a black man presumed guilty without evidence, without a trial, without due process, without acknowledgement of his basic humanity. If we fail to stand our ground in cases like this, we can rest assured that the system will continue to do what it has done for decades with indifference and impunity — destroy the lives and dreams of young black men like Martin and Graham.”

Supporters criticized the verdict as a failure of the criminal justice system and demanded a federal investigation into the case.

“The failure to hold the officer responsible for killing Ramarley Graham accountable is not just appalling its a painful reminder that our society has yet to truly value the lives of black youth,” said Thenjiwe McHarris of Million Hoodies. “There needs to be an immediate federal investigation into the case and the discriminatory policing practices that plague the NYPD need to come to an end.”

“In the immediate we are demanding a federal investigation into this case,” said Loyda Colon, Co-Director of the Justice Committee. “In the long-term, if District Attorneys cannot do their jobs correctly, we need another solution. Too often, DAs handle the investigations and prosecutions of police officers who have killed New Yorkers poorly. The failure to indict Haste and other officers who have taken lives proves that we need a special prosecutor for cases of police killings.”

The family has an initiated a petition called for the Department of Justice to open an investigation into the case.  It can be found at:



by on July 28, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Support the Dream Defender Take Over

Denied food for several hours by Capitol police

Dream Defenders say ‘we’re here to stay’  

 The following statement was released on July 27 by the Dream Defenders who have been holding a sit-in at Gov. Rick Scott’s office in Tallahassee, Fla. since July 16, three days after the ‘no-guilty’ verdict of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin:

On Friday [July 26], Dream Defenders were joined in the Capitol by civil rights leaders and youth from around the country, turning attention to Governor Scott’s refusal to call a special session for Trayvon’s Law. On Saturday afternoon, with over 100 young people – including children and elderly – sleeping in the Capitol, food and water supplies quickly ran low.
Given increasing hostility from Capitol police, it became unclear whether or not supporters would be allowed to bring food and supplies, which are all donation-based, into the building
When we were unable access food, people were concerned about whether supplies would last through the weekend. But we know why we are here and we haven’t lost sight of our goals.” said Director Phillip Agnew. “Sooner or later the governor will realize we’re serious and we’re here to stay no matter how much he tries to scare us away.
Capitol police have become growingly antagonistic towards the Dream Defenders this past week, despite numerous attempts by the group to keep relations amicable. However, no matter how uncomfortable the conditions imposed upon the group, Dream Defenders maintain that they will not leave until the governor convenes a special legislative session to consider Trayvon’s Law.

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Walk for Dignity – July 22 – 27, 2013

by on July 25, 2013

Walk4Dignity-banner Join or support the #Walk4Dignity from Jacksonville to Sanford, July 22-27 and organize toward the #DayofDignity across the South on August 28th!

Fri: 3 PM: Walk arrives at Hickory Avenue Baptist Church in Sanford; evening activities

Sat-7/27: Activities all day; 5pm: Community Dedication for Trayvon Martin Memorial at the Goldsboro Westside Historical Museum     #Walk4Dignity


DreamDefenders – The Take Over – Friday, July 2013 – 2 P.M.

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Dream Defenders: The Take Over

Friday, July 26, 2013 – 2 P.M.


National Call In Day for #TravyonsLaw!

by on July 24, 2013

 July 23, 2013

National Call In Day for #TravyonsLaw!

Please join the Dream Defenders, who have been sitting in the FL capitol for NINE DAYS now, to pass #TrayvonsLaw, by calling Governor Rick Scott to demand he call a special session of the legislate to enact Trayvon’s Law, repealing Stand Your Ground, banning racial profiling, and ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

call the session

More information here!

Call Script:

Hello, my name is _______ and I’m calling from ________. As a citzen of Florida/the nation, I am calling to say that I stand with the Dream Defenders and youth across Florida. I am concerned that the verdict in the Zimmerman trial indicates a failure to value the lives of all Floridians. I am asking Gov. Scott to call a special session of the legislature and urge to enact Trayvon’s Law.

Sample Tweets:

  1. Phone @FLGovScott & tell him to #CalltheSession (850)488-7146 #Trayvonslaw #TakeoverFL @DreamDefenders
  2. Call @FLGovScott (850)488-7146 & stand your ground against #standyourground! #Trayvonslaw #TakeoverFL
  3. Phone @FLGovScott to say #CalltheSession of legislation! (850)488-7146 #Trayvonslaw #TakeoverFL
  4. Support @DreamDefenders & tell @FLGovScott to #Callthe Session for #TrayvonsLaw #TakeoverFL

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