• Talks:
    panels, presentations, press conferences

    Forced Trajectory Project serves as a storytelling platform for families impacted by police violence, and sometimes that is implemented in the form of talks, panels, presentations, and press conferences. The following are recorded talks from various events and conferences.

    O22: Meet the Las Vegas Families and Survivors of Police Violence!

    On the 25th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, 12 of our families and survivors impacted by police violence share their stories, and engage the community on what the community can do to support their path to justice - not only for themselves but all of Nevada.

     

    Filmed on October 22, 2020.

    Hold On, Hold On - Corey's Last Words:

    An event to honor Corey Jones and his mother Anita Banks

    Sheila Banks of Live Serve Care, Inc and the aunt of police homicide victim Corey Jones hosts a commemoration event alongside the Forced Trajectory Project for the fifth year anniversary of his police murder. Families and survivors of state sanctioned violence and community violence, and artists join Sheila in this very special event.

     

    Filmed on October 18, 2020.

    The Voices of Humanity on PR Connections

    with police shooting survivor, Terry Rogaczewski

    Guy Dawson of PR Connections with Nissa Tzun of Forced Trajectory Project interview Terry Rogaczewski, who was shot by police during a medical emergency and then wrongfully incarcerated for five years while the officers who shot him received medals of honor and promotions.

     

    Filmed on August 26, 2020.

    The Voices of Humanity on PR Connections

    with Jesus Carvajal, wrongfully accused

    Guy Dawson of PR Connections with Oja Vincent of Forced Trajectory Project interview Jesus Carvajal, who was wrongfully accused and is now suing the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Clark County District Attorney's Office.

     

    Filmed on August 19, 2020.

    The Voices of Humanity on PR Connections

    with Carol Luke, mother of Thomas McEniry

    Guy Dawson of PR Connections with Nissa Tzun of Forced Trajectory Project interview Carol Luke, the mother of Thomas McEniry about his police homicide by the LVMPD on November 24, 2015.

     

    Filmed on August 12, 2020.

    The Voices of Humanity on PR Connections

    with Eric Farah, brother of Nicholas Farah

    Guy Dawson of PR Connections with Nissa Tzun of Forced Trajectory Project interview Eric Farah, brother of Nicholas Farah about his police homicide by the LVMPD on March 31, 2019.

     

    Filmed on August 5, 2020.

    The Voices of Humanity on PR Connections

    with Jeanne Llera, mother of Jorge Gomez

    Guy Dawson of PR Connections with Nissa Tzun of Forced Trajectory Project interview Jeanne Llera, the mother of Jorge Gomez, about his police homicide by the LVMPD on June 1, 2020.

     

    Filmed on July 6, 2020.

    The Voices of Humanity on PR Connections

    with the Joseph Justin Family

    Guy Dawson of PR Connections with Nissa Tzun of Forced Trajectory Project interviews the daughter and mother of Joseph Justin., about his police homicide by the LVMPD on August 22, 2007.

     

    Filmed on July 1, 2020.

    Courageous Conversations with UES Moms

    UES Moms' Tiffany Ma organized a panel featuring Forced Trajectory Project's Nissa Tzun and brother of NYPD homicide victim Delrawn Small, Victor Dempsey, to discuss police violence and how the community can support impacted families.

     

    Filmed on June 30, 2020.

    The Voices of Humanity on PR Connections

    with Jacqueline Lawrence,

    the mother of Keith Childress, Jr.

    Guy Dawson of PR Connections with Nissa Tzun of Forced Trajectory Project interviews the mother of Keith Childress, Jr., about his police homicide by the LVMPD on December 31, 2015.

     

    Filmed on June 22, 2020.

    Red Rock Dems Club hosts FTP panel with families impacted by LVMPD homicide

    Mario Wilson, son of LVMPD homicide victim, Rex Wilson, Alma Chavez, mother of LVMPD homicide victim, Rafael Olivas, and Ariah Justin, daughter of LVMPD homicide victim Joseph Justin, share their stories and list of demands for their cases on this powerful panel hosted by Red Rock Dems Club in partnership with Forced Trajectory Project.

     

    Filmed on June 24, 2020.

    The Voices of Humanity on PR Connections

    with the Rex Wilson Family

    Guy Dawson of PR Connections interviews the family of Rex Wilson - his widow, Petra Wilson, and eldest son, Mario Wilson, about his police homicide by the LVMPD on October 13, 2016, and the founders of Forced Trajectory Project, Nissa Tzun and Oja Vincent

     

    Filmed on June 2, 2020.

    Our Response

    On Monday, June 1, 2020, Forced Trajectory Project hosted a Zoom panel of eight family members impacted by police homicide across the nation including: Sheila Banks, aunt of Corey Jones, Yolanda McNair, mother of Adaisha Miller, Marissa Barrera, sister of Michael Barrera, Victor Dempsey, brother of Delrawn Small, Valerie Bell and William Bell, the parents of Sean Bell, Petra Gonzalez Wilson, widow of Rex Vance Wilson, Katrina Johnson, cousin of Charleena Lyles and Shante Needham, sister of Sandra Bland.

     

    Our nation is experiencing deep, collective anger and hurt right now due to back to back instances of police homicide. But no one feels this as strongly as those most impacted - the families who have lost loved ones to police homicide. With every case that receives nationwide attention, impacted families are re-traumatized all over again.

     

    When the media takes their spotlight off of police violence, the nation also forgets, and it's the families that are left with their long term trauma, and their struggle for justice. Despite this, they continue on their fight, often becoming expert investigators as they learn to navigate the criminal legal system. In our eleven years doing this work, we, with absolute conviction, believe the families are a wealth of untapped wisdom for true justice, freedom, and liberation.

    It Takes a Village Recap at the Eaton Workshop

    After a long weekend of laughter, crying, creating and healing, Marion Gray-Hopkins along with Gina Best, Sheila Banks, Earl Lewis and Denver Terrance, all family members who have lost loved ones to police homicide, join DJ Oja Vincent, the Co-Founder of Forced Trajectory Project at the Eaton Workshop for a recap of the event, "It Takes A Village," commemorating the young life of Gary Hopkins, Jr. Filmed on October 27, 2019. Running time: 39 min, 9 sec.

    NACOLE Regional Series: Navigating California's New Transparency Laws

    Cephus "Uncle Bobby X" Johnson, uncle of Oscar Grant, co-founder of Love Not Blood Campaign and Families United 4 Justice, gives a historic speech at the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement Regional Series panel, "Navigating California's New Transparency Laws." Michael Rains, the attorney who defended BART officer Johannes Mehserle who killed Oscar Grant, was also seated at the panel and had introduced himself prior to this speech.

    Running time: 22 min, 33 sec

    Detroit Families Speak Out

    On October 6th, 2017, two Detroit families affected by police violence participated on a panel at the LINC Empowered Communities Conference. Listen to Yolanda McNair, mother of 24 year old Adaisha Miller, shot and killed by Detroit Police and Mertilla Jones, grandmother of 7- year old police homicide victim Aiyana Stanley Jones, shot and killed by Detroit Police.

    FTP: Narratives of Police Violence,

    Screening & Panel

    The following is a panel featuring Cephus "Uncle Bobby" Johnson, Uncle of Oscar Grant, and Jacqueline Lawrence, Mother of Keith Childress, Jr., at an FTP Screening & Panel hosted by the Black Graduate Student Association and the UNLV Center for Social Justice at University of Nevada-Las Vegas on December 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV. Running time: 44 min, 5 sec

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