Justice or Just Us?: Our Lives Matter

Founded by Kiri Laurelle Davis, the filmmaker behind “A Girl Like Me“, The Just Us Project seeks to “actively address social justice issues through media, art, and community outreach.”

Kiri, through the Just Us Project has partnered with RootStrong to produce the public service announcement video “Our Lives Matter

Video Description:

“Many of today’s young men of color are aware that they are targets and could have easily been in the shoes of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Michael Brown or the many others whose lives were unjustly cut short. How many unarmed youth of color have to die before this is seen, not as an isolated incident, but as a national crisis?

The “Our Lives Matters” project was inspired by the extrajudicial killings of minorities, particularly boys of color who are targeted on a daily basis. Fear of these young men continues to be seen as justification for the use of deadly force.

This video project was created to provide a voice for these young men, as they demonstrate what it feels like to wear a target. Filmed this past September, in Harlem, NYC, over 30 African-American and Latino boys, ages 3 to 17 joined together to boldly question and take a stand against racial targeting.”

To learn more about the Just Us Project, visit justusproject.org


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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