• Talks:
    Panels and Presentations

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

    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.

    PR Connections with the family of Rex Wilson

    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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