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Rise up Defenders of Justice!

Friday, June 26, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Rise up Defenders of Justice!

by Allison Williams
Assistant Public Defender in Sacramento’s Public Defender’s Office

 

8 minutes and 46 seconds of helplessness

8 minutes and 46 seconds of hopelessness

In 8 minutes and 46 seconds a man’s life was taken

In 8 minutes and 46 seconds the world was shaken

In 8 minutes and 46 seconds a man laid dead on a pavement

In 8 minutes and 46 seconds George Floyd’s death started a movement


As constitutional defenders

We need to start being contenders

Hold these politicians and police accountable

So injustices don’t become insurmountable

Through voting and activism, we can fight systemic racism

If not, Blacks will continue to be disproportionately imprisoned

Don’t let this moment in history

Continue to be a mystery

Rise up defenders of the constitution

Rise up defenders against oppression



We have to push for more police reform

Aren’t you tired of police killings being the norm?

We have to do a better job to inform

As defenders of justice let’s use our massive platform!

The police use-of-force needs to be reassessed

Let’s push our politicians to address

In seeking racial equality

Let’s help remove the appearance of impropriety

When investigating police brutality

Should it be done through an independent oversight committee?

Rise up Defenders of the constitution

Rise up against racist institutions


Our complicit silence

Will lead to more violence

If not, there will be more unrest

And social justice protest

Will we, the public, just sit idly by?

And watch our black men... like Arbery and Floyd die


We have to limit police qualified immunity

And take back our local community

Rise up Defenders of the constitution

Rise up Defenders; rise up against racist institutions


Defenders of Justice rise up and take the lead

So that there will be no more cries of, ‘I can’t breathe’!

 

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