Gwen Carr on Strength and Activism

Following a judge’s announcement last week that Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who placed Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold, will face an NYPD disciplinary trial on May 13, 2019, Amsterdam News‘ Stephon Johnson spoke to Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr. She recently released her book, “This Stops Today,” in which she writes about her son and becoming an activist after his death.

Carr, a retired transit train operator, devotes her time to fighting against police brutality and for racial equality. When asked how she found the strength to become a public advocate and activist after a public tragedy, she said it took a while.

“My strength didn’t come exactly right away,” said Carr. “I never thought I’d be able to do what I’m doing now, but after listening to what’s going on in the world — and after galvanized protests and meetups with different groups — I found that by me getting out there and uplifting my son’s name helped with my healing.”

Carr used the pain of her son’s death to reach out to others who shared similar pain. She said she understood the importance of looking outward instead of inward at that moment.

“Keeping it to yourself and bottled up inside brings on more pain,” said Carr. “But by releasing it and telling people your story and having people say they were helped by your words means a lot.”

The Brooklyn native believes that the deaths of Black people at the hands of police “is part of a retaliation.” What does Carr mean? And what does she hope for from Albany when Democrats control both houses of the state legislature? Find out at Amsterdam News.

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