Families United 4 Justice Network Gathering Conference

ArtsEverywhere is a proud supporter of Families United 4 Justice and the Forced Trajectory Project. Together we will produce a series of personal narratives by family members affected by police killing, a small effort to create counter-narratives to those established by the media in collusion with law enforcement.

FU4J’s network gathering is taking place this weekend, June 28-July 1, and engages families impacted by police violence, trusted supporters, and advocates. The network aims to address the following questions:

  • What happens when your loved one is killed by the police?
  • What can the anti-police violence movement learn from families impacted by police violence?
  • What can we learn from family members who have become veteran activists in the anti-police violence movement?
  • How can families impacted by police violence build collective power locally and globally?
  • How can communities assess the traumas experienced by families impacted by police violence to better inform how we may better respond to future incidents?
  • How can we strategically source local resources to support families impacted by police violence?
  • How can public health institutions specifically service families impacted by police violence?
  • What self-care practices can family members learn to address the short and long-term trauma they experience?
  • What can we learn from the history of police violence? And what do we still have to learn about this history?
  • What is the meaning of justice to families impacted by police violence?
  • How can artists and media makers best support families in their struggle towards justice?

Previously published on ArtsEverywhere: Forced Trajectories: Creating Counter-Narratives to Police Violence

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Curtis Walker is an educator, musician, and arts administrator based in Guelph, Ontario. He holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Theory, where he focused his writing on experimental music. He also spent years as a member of the programming and organizing team for the Send + Receive Festival of Sound in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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