It’s been five months since Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT worker, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers while sleeping in her home. Yet, inconceivably, no one has been charged for her death. Activists, however, are amplifying the calls for justice.
Until Freedom, an organization geared toward fighting systemic and racial injustice, announced BreonnaCon, a multi-day event in Louisville, Kentucky, to direct resources, talent, and energy towards achieving justice for Taylor.
The event starts tomorrow, Aug. 22, and will culminate Aug. 25 with a massive demonstration.
According to a press release, this “first-of-its-kind community convention” will include workshops, training, women’s and men’s empowerment programs, a school supplies giveaway, community BBQ, and a Faith Revival at Kingdom Fellowship Center.
“BreonnaCon will engage, activate, and transform the Louisville community by building a comprehensive slate of programming that will amplify the urgent need for Justice for Breonna,” said Until Freedom Co-Founder Tamika Mallory. “BreonnaCon will address a number of issues impacting the community including food insecurity.”
Several reality TV stars will participate in the four-day event, lending their voices to the amplification of the grave injustices surrounding Taylor’s case. Slated to participate are former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks; Love & Hip Hop New York star and entrepreneur, Yandy Smith-Harris, and Real Housewives of Potomac cast member Gizelle Bryant.
Real Housewives of Atlanta personality Porsha Williams, who is facing five years in prison on a felony charge for participating in a Louisville protest last month, is also slated to attend.
Until Freedom has organized several large-scale events in Louisville and neighboring communities since June, including a sit-in at Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s home last month. The New York-based organization was founded by activists Tamika D. Mallory, Mysonne Linen, Linda Sarsour, and Angelo Pinto.
Legendary rapper Snoop Dogg sits on the board while entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist Monique Idlett-Mosley serves as the board chair.