To all Kayla Moore supporters,
As you may know by now, Federal Court Judge Charles Breyer recently ruled in favor of the City of Berkeley and dismissed the case brought by the family of Kayla Moore. The judge thinks that we don’t have enough evidence to prove that the police “mistook her disability for a crime”. (See full ruling here, but content warning for transphobia and misgendering of Kayla). It was already so disgraceful that the judge threw out the claims of excessive force and wrongful arrest back in October of 2017. This most recent discarding of the humanity of people with disabilities is also what we are up against. Maybe this is actually better because now we can go back to the arguments about all three of the main claims and widen this movement back up again.
Yes it hurts. Yes it is outrageous. Yes, we are disappointed, but you know we will never give up. So hell yes, we will appeal. This case is strong and they only win if we give up and we will never give up our fight for justice. They say it will take two years to get back into a courtroom, but that’s okay. It’s been five years that we have been struggling for justice. Kayla’s family has been relentlessly attending workshops and public spaces and speaking out about Kayla Moore and the disregard and the hate that caused her death. We will continue to fight for the rights of those with mental health disabilities, transgender women, African Americans, and all of us. We will not be deterred by a biased justice system, or a corrupt, oppressive, decaying governmental structure that is falling down all around us.
We must hang on to our beautiful vision of justice and fight for it each day… and to that end, we invite you to join us in the coming weeks at two events to celebrate Kayla’s life:
TUESDAY, April 17: A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR KAYLA MOORE
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. @ Martin Luther King Jr. Park (Near Allston Way), Berkeley
We invite you to a party in celebration of what would have been. Help us celebrate Kayla Moore’s 47th birthday! Five years have passed since Berkeley police killed Kayla. Let’s celebrate her life, keep her memory alive, and #SayHerName.
Check out the Facebook Event page!
SUNDAY, April 15: BIRTHDAY ART BUILD
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. @ the Grassroots House (2022 Blake St. in Berkeley)
Help us make art for Kayla’s Birthday celebration! There will be materials to make posters and other decorations, but feel free to bring your own materials to add your own flare! Find the Facebook Event page here!