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Want To Help Support Victims Of Police Brutality? Here’s How!

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I can distinctly remember hearing about Amadou Diallo’s death at the hands of New York City police officers in 1999. I was coming home from college classes one day and heard on the news that a man had been shot 41 times by police officers. The thing that blared back at me was the constant refrain of the number: 41…41…41. It’s an exorbitant number, but on this night it was framed in the context of “justified force” — a term that we’ve seen thrown around for decades to justify the overuse of power. Used to justify the outcomes of incidents that are based more on racial profiling than evidence. A term trotted out to fortify the status quo when inequity has been the cornerstone of a justice system that too often fails people of color.

Flash forward a decade and a half to 2014 and we still see the unnecessary deaths of men and women of color at the hands of police officers. The only changes we see are the names of the victims and the circumstances that have led to their untimely demises.

So after the system’s refusal to prosecute officers on behalf of Eric Garner, on the heels of the the same refusal for Michael Brown, I felt like there was a need to do something, and to do something in a realm where I am familiar. Videogames this past year have been more than just my hobby; they have provided a space for reflection, catharsis and community. That community is you, and I want you to help spread the word about our first #Spawn4Good event.

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We at the SpawnPointBlog & Spawn On Me Podcast have been inspired by what we’ve seen in the activism spaces with #icantbreathe and #BlackLivesMatter. We’ve discussed these topics on our show and we want to continue to amplify the messages these communities have been sharing. Whenever we can, we want to put a spotlight on injustices and give people a space through gaming to have their voices heard.

On Jan 17-18, 2015, we ask you to join with us and stream on Twitch. This happening will provide a deliberate space for you to have fun with the community, and to reflect on the unequal way people of color, and specifically African-American people, are treated by law enforcement. We will support the families of those that were lost by donating to the Erica Garner Fund, and The New York Lawyers Guild that continues to organize protests and bail funds for those imprisoned for exercising their 1st Amendment rights on this matter.

All funds donated will be deposited to our CrowdRise fundraiser and then equally distributed to the organizations and families listed above. If you have information about or suggestions for additional organizations involved in work regarding police brutality, or scholarship funds that are collecting donations around this issue, please share those notes in the comments or tweet us @spawnpointblog and @spawnonme

We will be streaming from our respective channels on Twitch (SOM) & (SOM2) starting around noon EST. We’ll also be hosting other streams as well. Please share this event at anyone you think would be interested, affected or has a platform to signal boost. Share this with POC and Non-POC alike!

If you’d like to stream with us here are suggested stream rules that we’d like you to follow and also a of picture you can use to help promote.

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I want to start 2015 with a positive note, not only for the greater good but I also want our gaming community to not be afraid to have real conversations about issues that affect members of our community. This is an opportunity to have some of that discussion and to spotlight an issue that needs addressing.

Thank you for listening, supporting and we hope to see you streaming on the 17th & 18th.

7 Comments
  • Lawrence Redmacher
    Reply

    so… is this only against police brutality against black people?

    January 16, 2015 at 12:58 pm
    • January 16, 2015 at 1:14 pm
      • Alex
        Reply

        “Unless you make all crime racially specific, “Black-on-Black” is a silly concept.”

        What? So you just conveniently ignore the fact that blacks cause crime at a grossly disproportionate rate compared to their population total? OK, then i say its silly that brutality is police specific, when it can be done by any one of any occupation.

        Why not start a movement to support the families of THOUSANDS of people murdered by thugs every year and support your local law enforcement to get them off the streets instead of labeling them as racists. Why not create a movement to make our inner cities safe again for people of all races rather then ignoring the problem and letting your communities literally fall apart and rot from the inside.

        http://gawker.com/unarmed-people-of-color-killed-by-police-1999-2014-1666672349

        The NAACP legal defense fund posted that list of unarmed people of color killed by white people. My problem with the list is that 95% of the “victims” were in the act of committing a crime. If that’s the best list you can come up with then you have a problem, and it isn’t cop on color violence.

        January 16, 2015 at 2:39 pm
        • I didn’t post that list, the link you provided supports exactly the overuse of force that we’ll be talking about. I’ll assume that you didn’t read the FAQ or the links in it. In your words “If that’s the best list you can come up with then you have a problem”

          January 16, 2015 at 5:14 pm
  • Medium Punch
    Reply

    My condolences for the bullshit commentary you’ve been given here, kotaku, etc. of people pretty much telling you that black lives really don’t matter.

    But I do thank you for this. Thank you!

    January 17, 2015 at 1:01 pm
  • Linds
    Reply

    Hi. Is there a way that I can donate through paypal? Maybe I missed an alternative method of payment page, but when I looked at the fundraising page I need a credit card.

    January 18, 2015 at 8:16 am

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