By: Kofi Taharka
National Chairman-National Black United Front (NBUF)
On Tuesday, February 5, 2013 the Black Justice Tuesday Coalition (BJTC) will commemorate the two year anniversary of the weekly protest against police brutality. The group has shown tremendous commitment weekly in front of the Harris County Court House for two straight years. Rain, sleet, snow nor heat have caused the coalition to waiver. In addition to the protest the group acquires signatures on a petition for a Civilian Review Board with subpoena power, prosecutorial power and proper funding. They also provide voter registration cards to those who need them. The BJTC is calling on the community to come out and show solidarity on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12 noon at 1201 Franklin the Harris County Court House.
The issue of Police Brutality has plagued the City of Houston going back as far as if not farther than the Camp Logan rebellion in 1917. Black soldiers responded to the Houston Police brutalizing an African-American woman. For decades after the list of victims that receive no justice continues to grow.
The BJTC has also called for: Houston Police to be required to live in the city of Houston, overall decentralization of authority within HPD and community involvement in training and hiring within HPD. The coalition made up of National Black United Front, New Black Panther Party, The Harris County Green Party, Afrikans United For Sanity Now, Operation Outreach OG-1, S.H.A.P.E Community Center Elders Institute of Wisdom, Nation of Islam and many other supporters recognize that press conferences and photo-ops alone will not solve this problem. Organized and consistent action is required. The BJTC may be reached at (713) 261-3558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.