Kimiya Factory, executive director of Black Freedom Factory, will discuss cases of Black men killed at the hands of San Antonio public safety officers.
SAN ANTONIO – July 16, 2020 — Kimiya Factory, executive director of Black Freedom Factory, will meet with San Antonio District Attorney Joe Gonzales today in-person. Earlier this week Kimiya shared via Twitter that while the DA had reported a meeting with the activist and community leader, no such meeting had occurred. She tweeted on July 8th –
Why is the District Attorney lying to the media about ever meeting with me to [discuss] re-opening the cases of black men killed by police in this city?
I have not been in contact, reached out to or acknowledged by him or his team…”
Factory has led conversations with hundreds of San Antonians discussing public safety and transparency in our judicial system – specifically referencing the cases of Black men killed at the hand of San Antonio police officers, Marquise Jones, Antronie Scott, and Charles Roundtree. She’s used her forum to voice concerns with evidence that led to a grand jury’s decision not to fire or convict officers in these cases.
Factory has, however, met with individual members of the Jones, Scott, and Roundtree families to discuss how she can best serve them in her role as the executive director of Black Freedom Factory (http://blackfreedomfactory.org/). Members of the families of Jones, Scott, and Roundtree will be in attendance at today’s press conference.
Factory will be joined in this meeting by Celeste Alana Brown, a local and state policy expert, and Marlon Davis, founder of Black Futures Collective. The shared vision of the meeting will be to gain insight on rumors and evidence presented that led to the grand jury’s decision not to convict the officers. The trio launched a Change.org petition to urge DA Gonzalez to release the transcripts of the three cases (https://bit.ly/3ev3epl). The petition has amassed 3,000 signatures since it went live on Monday.
What: Activist Kimiya Factory + Families of Marquise Jones, Antronie Scott and Charles Roundtree
Where: Stairs of the Bexar County Courthouse, facing Main Plaza
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
Time: 3:05 PM
ABOUT BLACK FREEDOM FACTORY
Black Freedom Factory exists to build a more racially and socially just society by creating a culture of racial equity across San Antonio through grassroots organizing, community outreach, anti-racism training, and political advocacy. San Antonio’s history of racial inequity stems from community distrust in public entities, including municipal government, and for- and non-profit organizations that may be perpetuating systemic discrimination and racism.