This video documents the beginning of the March for Justice for the wrongfully incarcerated. It was organized by Sharonne Salaam and her son Yusef Salaam. Yusef was one of the so-called "Central Park Five", who were 5 youths falsely charged with rape and assault on a white woman. After serving years in prison they were released. Their experience on release, with no compensation for the 5-11 years served in prision, sparked their determination that others in similar circumstances should be allowed more time to make their case in the courts and get compensation. The Central Park Five case was marked by illegal interogations of minors without counsel, as well as withholding of evidence that supported their claim of innocence.
The video is below followed by a direct link to the youtube site where it is hosted.
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Again this election, Justice & Unity has a stellar, diverse slate of eight board candidates rich in political and activist experience and practical expertise.
When you get your ballot, please rank the candidates in this order:
1. Sharonne Salaam - 25-year advocate for wrongly convicted Central Park 5; Founder, People United for Children - supporting rights of children in state custody; LSB member
2. Eugene Hamond - Volunteer with IFCO/Pastors for Peace; member of NYC Labor Chorus; former co-producer of WBAI’s Community Bulletin Board; former LSB member
3. Cerene Roberts - Member of LSB & Pacifica National Board & many Pacifica committees; former WBAI producer, staff rep., & pledge-room tally coordinator
4. William Heerwagen - Accountant; music lover & former host of "Jazz and Things;" member of LSB & WBAI Finance Committee; 2016 Chair of Pacifica National Board Audit Committee
5. Five Mualimm-ak - Co-founder, Incarcerated Nation Corp., helping formerly incarcerated people build new lives; organizer against solitary confinement & the prison-industrial complex
6. Dacio Quintana - Union-rights organizer; former teacher; Latin American & Puerto Rican solidarity worker; volunteer with capacity-building Strategies for Social Change
7. Moira Meltzer-Cohen - Civil-rights and criminal-defense lawyer serving communities of color, queer and gender-nonconforming people, religious minorities, & political dissidents
8. Ebon Charles - WRITE IN HIS NAME & RANK HIM #8 ON YOUR BALLOT - Elementary-school teacher; youth advocate; lifelong BAI listener; LSB member