Announcement from Phelicia Jones, Founder of the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition
"Greetings to you all: As many of you may know by now, I have left the Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition as it stands today. I imagine this is surprising news. In December 2015, many of us gathered at the Third Baptist Church to express our hurt and pain over the brutal murder of Our Brother and Son Mario Woods. With a shared feeling that we could not be heard, many community members came to me and said, “Phelicia you have to do something” and I did. A few community members began meeting at Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and the Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition was born. Since then, I and a coalition of dedicated activists, with our Blood Sweat and Tears, have worked tirelessly to develop the J4MWC as a bottom-up, grassroots coalition. We Won!!
Now, almost one year from the death and murder of Mar (as his Mother Gwen Woods lovingly refers to her son), I have decided to leave J4MWC as it stands today. Why? So many people have asked, “How is that so? You are the leader, this is the movement you started!” Not so. We the community, we the people, started this movement and it is we the community who must see it through. Simply stated, the current Executive Committee of J4MWC and I have come to a fork in the road. It is time for me to go back to what I hold dear to my heart: grassroots organizing and not top down leadership.
In recent months, the J4MWC leadership has changed. There is a large executive decision making body at the helm now and it is because of that change in structure that I need to resign. It is my belief that God has called me to do this work, and I am humbled to continue it with activist colleagues new and old. I look forward to working with many long-time friends as well as very bright, newer and younger colleagues who have joined our new group, titled "Wealth and Dispararities in the Black Community--Justice 4 Mario Woods." Because of these reasons, it seems best to me to simply move forward with a new name--rather than disrupt the work of others.
We celebrate all the unique working styles and dedication of activists throughout San Francisco, the Bay Area, and beyond, and wish neither to disparage nor discourage anyone engaged in the battle for justice.
It does not matter to me what the organization name is, as long as I can continue to fight for Justice in the way in which my God has called me to.
With the honored help of Mario's mother, Gwen Woods, who has touched my heart with her kind support and words about my work to this point, we have a beautiful vigil planned for the December 2, 2016 anniversary of Mario Woods' murder. Gwen has provided personal details and prefererences for this event which will honor Mario's life in a beautiful and powerful way. We ask that you visit and "like" our new Facebook page titled "Wealth and Dispartities in the Black Community--Justice for Mario Woods". Check out our event postings and leave a comment telling us how we are doing!
We continue to fight for the same demands we have been fighting for since December, 2015:
1- Fire Chief Suhr (or he resigns) -- Achieved 5/19/2016
2- Charge Killer Cops
3- Independent Investigation
Onward and Upward we go for Justice--and we will NOT stop until we have achieved Justice!
November 3, 2016
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