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BLM Vigil: Alton Sterling & Philando Castile
July 10, 2016- 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Alton Sterling was murdered in Louisiana by police officers. Philando Castile was murdered in Minnesota by police officers. In 2015, 102 unarmed Black people were murdered by police officers. Of these deaths, 10 resulted in a successful trial and 1 officer received jail time. 135 unarmed Black people have been murdered by police so far in 2016.
STOP KILLING US.
We would like to acknowledge that we have been unable to hold a vigil for every murdered Black body. We cannot keep up. We do not have the resources, money, time and emotional strength to gather every time one of us is brutally taken on either side of the colonial border. We want to dedicate everything we do, including this vigil to every Black life that did not matter to the state, to the media and to the police.
This event, along with the majority of the organizing done by the Black Lives Matter Vancouver Coalition, will be taking place on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory and homelands of the Musqueam, Tseil-Watuth and Squamish First Nations. We are very grateful to the Coast Salish people for the knowledge, kindness and indomitable spirit with which they have taken care of this land for millennia. We also acknowledge and mourn the many murdered and missing Indigenous people at the hands of state violence and police brutality.