Gaia Women Lead
Beyond Resistance: Heroines, Change and Building the Future
May 2-4, 2018 | Santa Barbara, CA
Collette Flanagan founded Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB) after her son, Clinton Allen, was shot to death by a Dallas police officer in March 2013. Clinton was unarmed; he was shot once in the arm, five times in the chest, and once in the back. Mrs. Flanagan’s experiences in the aftermath of this official homicide – the indifference of Dallas City Hall, the lack of any assistance to the surviving family, the vilification of her son in the media, and finally the impunity enjoyed by the killer – turned her grief into anger and then into action.
The purposes of MAPB are to stop the killing of unarmed and mentally ill persons by law enforcement agencies; to change deadly force policies and practices nationally; to support families who have lost loved ones to police violence; and to help restore trust between the police and the communities they are sworn to serve and protect.
A former IBM executive, Collette Flanagan has, in a very short time, built MAPB into an inter-generational, multi-ethnic, multicultural organization with both a local and national presence. In November 2014, MABP, under Collette’s leadership, led a delegation of mothers to Washington, DC, where MAPB held it’s the first Congressional debriefing, to demand a national response to the crisis of police violence against the public and to press for federal reforms to end abusive, militarized, and biased policing, particularly of African-American and Latino communities.
In 2015, Ms. Flanagan became a prestigious Echoing Green Fellow and was awarded the Black Male Achievement Fellowship. She keeps a heavy schedule of meetings and speaking engagements to churches, colleges, and other organizations.
In January 2016, Mothers Against Police Brutality developed and officially released: Mothers Against Police Brutality Proposes 9 Steps for Justice in Policing to End Unaccountable Police Violence. MAPB has outlined these strategic steps in major forums sponsored by the United Nations and by the Organization of American States, and we will be taking them to local, state, and national policy makers throughout 2016.”
In 2017, Ms. Flanagan became the Chairperson for Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s Police Task Force.
“My fight was and is still inspired by my children, and by others families and victims of police brutality,” said Mrs. Flanagan at the recent hearing. “I will not let my son, and their sons, fathers, and brothers, be forgotten.” With the founding and initial work of Mothers Against Police Brutality, Collette Flanagan has emerged as one of America’s most effective advocates for peace and justice.
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