“When the cameras and lights are gone, our babies are dead. So I’m going to ask you here today to wake up,” says late Sandra Bland’s mom.
A Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls held over the week brought together dozens of public figures, lawmakers and relatives of Sandra Bland, who was killed by institutional state violence in a Texas jail cell on July 13,2015. The caucus is to create “public policy that will eliminate societal barriers that continue to marginalize Black women and keep them disproportionately vulnerable to violence.”
Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of the 28-year-old black woman Sandra Bland, was privileged to speak at the symposium. She first thanked the committee for the opportunity she was given and further stated why she was at the caucus.
“I’m here representing the mothers who are not heard, I am here representing the mothers who have lost children as we go on about our daily lives. When the cameras and lights are gone, our babies are dead. So I’m going to ask you here today to wake up. Wake up,” she said.
Veal expressed her indignation over the death of her beloved daughter, who was unlawfully arrested by a white police officer and than left to die in a jail. Official report says Sandra committed suicide, but her relatives don’t buy the tale as well as many activists. She concluded by saying,“We have got to stop talking and move. So I leave you with this: it is time to wake up, get up, step up, or shut up.”
It’s time to bring justice to the community. Who knows? A similar tragedy might happen to any black woman out there.
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