Testimony on police violence in Cleveland is being taken Tuesday and Wednesday August 18 & 19, 2015, by the the local activist group Puncturing the Silence. A list of locations where testimony is being recorded is available online. According to Puncturing the Silence:
Our organization began as an answer to the Stop Mass Incarceration Network‘s Oct. 2014 call for a month of resistance to the New Jim Crow. This is our answer to Michelle Alexander’s call for a movement for racial justice in her book The New Jim Crow. Since then, we have continued our efforts to “puncture the silence” about the discriminatory injustices incarcerating a generation of youth of color. It is our moral responsibility to bring awareness to the New Jim Crow and ultimately end it. Email us to join us in the fight!
In April there was a “People’s Tribunal on Police Brutality” and materials such as transcripts, audio, and video are collected on the website for the event. The Society of American Archivists will be meeting in Cleveland during the weekend of August 20th, and Puncture the Silence is partnering with them to establish a “People’s Archive on Police Violence” in Cleveland.