black autonomy network community organization
working for economic and social justice in Benton Harbor, MI
Monday, June 15, 2020
Save Our Youth, Justice for Cornelius!
Join Rev. Pinkney and friends in Kalamazoo this Saturday, June 20th, to stand up for Cornelius!
RSVP, learn more, and watch for updates at the Facebook event.
Cornelius Frederick was a 16-year-old boy who, after becoming a ward of the state, was held at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo, Michigan - run by Sequel Youth and Family Services, a private, for-profit, national corporation with a track record of violence against youth. On April 30, after throwing a sandwich, Cornelius was tackled and restrained by staff until he could not breathe and went into cardiac arrest, became unconscious, and later died in the hospital. Rest forever in peace, Cornelius.
Lakeside Academy is closed pending investigation. Shut down Lakeside for good! Shut down Sequel!
#JusticeForCornelius #BlackLivesMatter #BLM #ICantBreathe #ShutDownSequel #ShutDownLakeside
2:00 PM - Meet at Lakeside Academy - 3921 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo
2:30 PM - Vehicle Procession through downtown Kalamazoo - Decorate your car!
3:00 PM - Gather at the Kalamazoo County Juvenile facility at 1424 Gull Road to listen, learn, stand up for our children, and join the call to Shut Down Lakeside and Sequel!!!
Please bring signs and noisemakers. This event will observe social distancing. Please wear masks and bring hand sanitizer.
This is about the systemic racism of police and prisons, including youth homes, a.k.a., prisons for children. From what we understand, although it's not on video Cornelius died in a way very similar to George Floyd.
Co-hosts: PACCT BOARD, Kalamazoo Liberation, Marcina Cole (Reclaim Your Right to Health), Rev. Edward Pinkney (BANCO, Rev Pinkney Blogtalk Radio Show)