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The Resource This stops today : Eric Garner's mother seeks justice after losing her son, Gwen Carr, with Dave Smitherman

This stops today : Eric Garner's mother seeks justice after losing her son, Gwen Carr, with Dave Smitherman

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This stops today : Eric Garner's mother seeks justice after losing her son
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This stops today
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Eric Garner's mother seeks justice after losing her son
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Gwen Carr, with Dave Smitherman
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Eric Garner's mother seeks justice after losing her son
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Eric Garners mother seeks justice after losing her son
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eng
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Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, shares the tragedies she's faced, recalls her son's life and death, and recounts her newfound role as an activist in the fight for racial equality. -- Adapted from book jacket
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  • In this heartfelt narrative, Carr, whose son Eric Garner was killed by a New York Police Department officer in 2014, traces her unplanned path to becoming a civil rights activist. Garner’s death, captured on a video that went viral, shows him saying, “I can’t breathe,” as the officer holds him down on the pavement. (According to many witnesses, Garner had been trying to break up a fight.) Carr recounts how Eric’s wrongful death galvanized her to action. She joined the Mothers of the Movement, a group of mothers whose children have died at the hands of law enforcement, attended the Congressional Black Caucus, marched with Rev. Al Sharpton, and campaigned for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election. This journey is placed within the larger context of her life: raised in a large, loving family in Brooklyn, Carr faced the death of her first husband, leaving her alone to raise their three small children, and the loss of another son, Emery, who died in a drug-related shooting in 1996. She recalls the lives of her children; the importance of her faith and community; and the challenges of her new activist role, highlighting the positive (Governor Cuomo appointing a special prosecutor for cases in which people have been killed by police) and the disappointing (a grand jury not indicting anyone involved in her son’s death). An advocate of better police training and community engagement, Carr acknowledges the problem remains daunting. This is a sincere and passionate account. Photos. (Oct.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 09/03/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 36, p)
  • On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner died during an arrest for allegedly selling illegal loose cigarettes in Staten Island, NY. Here, his mother, Carr, recounts how her son's death led her to become an activist in her quest for justice. From infancy, Eric was severely asthmatic. When put into an illegal choke hold and thrown to the ground by officers during the arrest, he repeated "I can't breathe" 11 times before losing consciousness. The officers made no attempt to resuscitate him. The incident was filmed by bystanders, the video went viral, and that statement became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement. After a grand jury declined to indict the officer who used the choke hold, Carr subsequently became involved with Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network and later traveled with Hillary Clinton's campaign as part of the Mothers of the Movement (a sisterhood of mothers whose sons have died at the hands of law enforcement). VERDICT This book complements Matt Taibbi's I Can't Breathe and will interest anyone concerned with social justice and racial disparities in our legal system. --Caren Nichter (Reviewed 09/15/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 15, p66)
  • A mother's plea for change after her son's murder by police. On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner was arrested for selling single cigarettes. During his arrest, he was choked by a New York City Police Department officer and later died. The video of his murder has been viewed millions of times, and his name has been added to a long list of other black Americans who have died needlessly at the hands of law enforcement officers. In this emotional memoir, Carr, Garner's mother, shares the story of her son's life leading up to the moment of his death, describing the type of child he was and the man he became and the aftermath of her own life after the tragedy. In straightforward, sometimes repetitive prose, she demonstrates how Garner's death changed her from a passive grandmother content to work her job as a subway train operator to an "unplanned activist." Slowly, she learned how to speak in front of large crowds and share her message with other parents who have experienced similar tragedies. "All across the country," she writes, "people were relating to me and understanding and sharing their concern and condolences....It felt good being out of New York and finding that so many people felt the same way, that things had gotten out of hand and the police were going too far....There needed to be...better education and more accountability." In that vein, she discusses the need for a "checks-and-balances system" within police forces across the country. As she gained recognition and a powerful voice, she became engaged in Hillary Clinton's run for the White House and was invited to speak at a variety of events. (Clinton provides the foreword.) Along with her personal moments, Carr includes numerous pointers on how to become an activist and lessons she learned by trial and error, many of which will be useful for aspiring activists. A heartfelt book from a mother who "will keep on talking and telling my story as long as people will listen." (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2018)
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autobiography
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Carr, Gwen
Dewey number
306.874/3
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  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ759
LC item number
.C289 2018
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Smitherman, Dave
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Eric Garner's mother seeks justice after losing her son
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This stops today : Eric Garner's mother seeks justice after losing her son, Gwen Carr, with Dave Smitherman
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
South Brooklyn -- Finding strength -- My son can't breathe -- The chokehold -- Rallying cry -- Photospread -- The mothers of the movement -- The royal treatment -- Putting hope in Hillary -- Mother to mother -- The unplanned activist -- A letter to my son -- Acknowledgments -- Index -- About the author
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on1044771974
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 200 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781538109809
Lccn
2018011674
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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(OCoLC)1044771974
Label
This stops today : Eric Garner's mother seeks justice after losing her son, Gwen Carr, with Dave Smitherman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
South Brooklyn -- Finding strength -- My son can't breathe -- The chokehold -- Rallying cry -- Photospread -- The mothers of the movement -- The royal treatment -- Putting hope in Hillary -- Mother to mother -- The unplanned activist -- A letter to my son -- Acknowledgments -- Index -- About the author
Control code
on1044771974
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 200 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781538109809
Lccn
2018011674
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1044771974

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