We are delighted to announce that the Justice for Kenny Coalition has been selected as the grantee for the LIUU (Long Island Unitarian Universalist) Fund for Social Change. The LIUU Fund reflects Unitarian Universalist principles including justice, equity and compassion in human relations, a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, and the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all. The Fund’s overarching mission is to build and energize a community of progressive social change activists, and to support prophetic voices in vulnerable communities who speak out against injustices —often in unsafe environments and at personal risk and sacrifice.
The Justice for Kenny Coalition ( http://justiceforkenny.org ) is a family-led grassroots anti-police brutality coalition co-founded by Jennifer Gonzalez, the partner of police brutality victim, Kenny Lazo, and multimedia artist & community organizer Vanissa Chan. Since Kenny Lazo’s brutal police murder on April 12th, 2008, Jennifer has been organizing protests to raise awareness of the rampant police violence in the Long Island community. In 2010, her and Vanissa formed the Justice for Kenny Coalition in hopes to create a sustainable anti-police brutality movement in Long Island, giving voice to those most affected by it.
As grantees of the LIUU Fund for Social Change we will be launching a community multimedia oral history project to collect narratives of police violence from police brutality victims and families who have lost loved ones to police violence in the Long Island area. The intention of this project is to gain insight on how these incidents occur, who it effects, record and create an archival database of such incidents, and to inspire dialogue amongst the Long Island community. Along with developing this project we are offering a FREE media training to interested parties. Trainees will develop interviewing skills as well as familiarize themselves with multimedia tools in order to carry out a community oral history project including photography, film, video editing, website development and social media marketing. All we are asking in return is to commit to sustaining this community oral history project of collecting local Long Island narratives of police violence.
Along with trainees we are in the midst of contacting families affected by police violence and police brutality victims in Long Island. Should you know families and/or individuals who have suffered from police violence please forward this email to them and connect us. We would like to begin scheduling these interviews as soon as possible.
The project and training will begin in early July and last for 5-6 weeks. If you are interested in participating as a trainee and/or interviewee please call Vanissa at (336) 365-8560 or email: email@example.com
If you have people in your network in the Long Island and New York area that may be interested in this project, please share this page!
Thank you for your support, time and attention.
Justice for Kenny Coalition