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Dec 13, 2014

Melanie Campbell Remarks at Justice For All March Against Police Brutality

Before abdicating her allotted speaking time to Black Youth Vote representatives Rev Tony Lee and Sherman Justice, Melanie L. Campbell made the following remarks at the recent Justice for All march in Washington DC featuring the families of black men slain by the police. The march was co-hosted by National Action Network, National Urban League, and Black Women's Roundtable and called for Congress to pass legislation on police misconduct.

“I can’t breathe. We can’t breathe. Black lives matter! All lives matter!

Thank you Rev. Sharpton for your leadership and lifetime commitment to justice for our people and all people.

You have been there for the families of the victims of police killings and brutality for decades.

I remember back in the 1990’s you were there for the family of Phillip Pannell from Englewood NJ who was killed unjustly by police.

You have and will always be there for the families when the cameras are gone continuing to fight for justice!

You are our go-to guy in the fight to end racial profiling and the senseless killing of our people!

Thank you.

I thank the leaders, young and old---who are fighting for justice in Ferguson, in New York, in Cleveland, Miami, Atlanta and across the country demanding justice!

I am here today representing The National Coalition, Black Women’s Roundtable and Black Youth Vote!

We are here to pledge our continued commitment and solidarity to the families that are here today seeking justice for your children, your husbands, your fathers and to the families that are not here today who have lost loved ones, men and women, who have been gunned down unjustly by police officers or vigilantes.

Today, we join call on Congress to act to end police brutality and excessive force.

We are calling on Congress to have hearings on police misconduct and brutality that will lead to legislation.

Let me be clear, we are not anti-police, we are pro-justice and fairness in policing.

So, let us all continue to work together in solidarity for justice---young and old, black, white, Latino, native American---all people.

We want Justice NOW

Thank you, peace and power

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