This year’s Stolen Lives Induction Ceremony is taking place after the march and rally for the 21st National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation (https://www.facebook.com/events/1045458918885989/)
October 22, 2016
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
521 West 126th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam in Manhattan
(1 to Broadway & 125th Street or A/B/C/D to St. Nicholas Avenue & 125th Street – for more directions, see http://stmarysharlem.wordpress.com/directions/)
THE STOLEN LIVES INDUCTION CEREMONY
The Stolen Lives Induction Ceremony is a solemn, yet empowering occasion at which recent and past victims of police killings are formally inducted into the roster of the Stolen Lives Project. The Stolen Lives Induction Ceremony is both an affirmation of life and a call to action. It brings together family members to a space in which there is an acknowledgement of the humanity of their loved ones whose lives were stolen at the hands of the police in contrast to the demonization by the powers-that-be.
Since 1997, eleven Stolen Lives Induction Ceremonies have taken place in New York City, in community spaces, schools, and churches in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Families and other loved ones of almost 60 Stolen Lives, locally and from other parts of the country, have taken part and received certificates that marked the formal induction. At these ceremonies, families speak of their loved ones and their struggles for justice, their voices joined by community organizers and others in the fight against police violence, as well as artists who contribute their art and performance for healing, for strength, for empowerment. The ceremonies end with a pledge (see below) by all in attendance, as a (re)affirmation of our commitment to the struggle.
Those who would like to help build for the event or contribute in any way, please contact Nicholas Heyward, Sr. at 718-688-4644 or [email protected], Andree Penix-Smith 212-920-1957 or Juanita Young at 646-294-8344.
THE STOLEN LIVES PLEDGE
I, _________, pledge that the life and the humanity of these stolen lives will not be forgotten. I pledge that their highest hopes and aspirations will live on in us, and that I will seek justice for these and all stolen lives. In this way I pledge that their memory will stay alive and will inspire us to fight for justice and a better world.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Harlem 521 W 126th St, New York, New York 10027