Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Democracy 89.3 KPCC radio billboards

Democracy needs heard LA voices matter radio billboard
"I can't breathe!", "Don't Shoot", "Black Lives Matter", "No justice, no peace".

The anguished cries for justice and equality at the ongoing protests across all 50 states of America, this is what democracy sounds like.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Stephon Clark, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Sandra Bland, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Monika Diamond, the list goes on and on.

These are some of the names of the black men and women who have lost their lives to police brutality and hate crimes against black queer and transgender people in recent months and years.
What democracy sounds like radio billboard
If ever you needed a reason why democracy is so important in this country, you only have to look at the fascist tactics of this current administration against peaceful protestors in Washington, D.C., where tear gas, rubber bullets and riot gear was used to clear a path so that the U.S. president could hold a political photo opp with a bible outside St. John's Episcopal Church on June 1, 2020.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution allows for freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, the right to peaceably assemble and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances without fear of punishment or retribution.
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For hundreds of years the voices of black Americans have been unheard and oppressed and that is why millions of people across America and around the globe have come together in unity, even during a global pandemic, to show their anger, pain and generational frustration over the murder of George Floyd and those who have come before him, by police officers, those sworn to serve and protect us.

These radio billboards were photographed along La Brea Avenue, Sepulveda Boulevard and Pico Boulevard from February 25 to April 21, 2020, but their message is always true, voices matter, votes matter, democracy matters.
What democracy sounds like NPR billboard
During a world health crisis not everyone can march, but everyone can listen, educate themselves, help amplify the voices of others and donate time and money to organisations to help battle systemic racism:

Let's hope this new movement can elicit real change for the future, that finally helps makes black lives better and our democracy even stronger.

Until we are all free, none of us is free.
Democracy needs to be heard LA Voices matter NPR billboard

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