LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Founding members of Until Freedom moved to Louisville over the weekend. The social justice organization focused on addressing systemic and racial injustice, wants more pressure on Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron to serve justice for Breonna Taylor.
What You Need To Know
- Social justice group, Until Freedom, protests for Breonna Taylor
- Same group organized rally at Attorney General Cameron's home
- Some members of the organization have moved to Louisville and plan to stay until "justice for Breonna Taylor is served"
- Group also wants to give back to the Louisville community
“There’s been three to four months that nothing has happened. Over 150 days that nothing has happened,” said co-founder Mysonne Linen.
The New York City-based group organized the sit-in on Cameron’s lawn in mid-July, which resulted in 87 arrests.
On Saturday, August 9, the sixth anniversary of when Ferguson, Missouri’s Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer, Brown’s father spoke to protesters.
“When you go through something like that, traumatic, it’s hard to get balance. The only thing you want is justice,” Michael Brown, Sr. said at the rally in Louisville’s West End.
That rally, which also featured music and Breonna Taylor’s sister, Juniyah Palmer, was organized by Until Freedom.
Linen told Spectrum News 1 that about 20 members have moved to Louisville. The plan is to live here until there is justice for Taylor.
“I’ve never seen justice for a black woman. I have seen some of my black brothers get justice,” Linen said. “Some of the officers might have got charged or something, but I have never seen a black woman receive justice, and what happened to her was a catastrophe, and we will not go home until she receives justice,” Linen explained.
Linen and fellow co-founders announced their move Sunday morning at a press conference hosted by the Kentucky Alliance Against Racism And Political Repression.
Linen said Until Freedom realized after 87 people were arrested because of the sit-in at Cameron’s house that the organization had to do more than just protest in increments. He said Until Freedom had to have boots on the ground everyday.
“And to make him understand that we are not playing about Breanna Taylor. We want him to understand that we are not going away. We’re not afraid. We are not afraid of incarceration. We are not afraid of death because our lives are being lost anyway,” Linen told Spectrum News 1.
“So we are willing to sacrifice our lives, and we want everyone to understand that,” Linen added.
Until Freedom plans to conduct more protests and direct actions until the officers who killed Taylor are arrested and convicted.
Linen also told Spectrum News 1 that in addition to protesting, the organization also plans to give back to the Louisville community. In an Instagram post last week, Until Freedom said it is looking for partners in Louisville for their community service efforts. The goal is to serve over 500 families per week at distribution events in underserved communities.