For the last three years, ANSWER Coalition has been working with Natasha Clemons to get justice for her son, Rodney Mitchell. Mitchell was murdered by Sarasota Sherriff’s deputies only minutes away from New College in 2011 during an illegal traffic stop. We will present on our ongoing fight to get justice for Rodney, as well as our efforts to examine the disproportionate policing of Black people and to push for police accountability and community oversight locally. The Tampa Bay Times will also be releasing a documentary on Rodney’s murder and Natasha Clemons’ struggle for justice in the courts and on the streets. We may incorporate all or parts of this documentary into our presentation. As part of the presentation, we will speak about how the criminalization of people of color, police brutality, and mass incarceration are connected to capitalism, and how we need a new system in order to achieve true liberation for oppressed people.
Greg Cruz and Ruth Beltran