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Blackout For Human Rights: Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler & More Share Powerful Videos Supporting Cause

The video supports the #FreedomNow movement and hopes to raise awareness about the epidemic of police brutality in America.

Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay


Blackout for Human Rights has released a series of videos, in support of the #FreedomNow movement, featuring a slew of celebrities including “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, David Oyelowo, Terrence J, La La Anthony and many more, to remind people that their lives matter and also the lives of the victims of police brutality.

The three videos feature the artists talking about their accomplishments and the special moments in their lives. They each end their stories recounting the incidents of victims such as Sandra Bland, Tanisha Anderson, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Akai Gurley and more.

“I would have never had the opportunity to write and direct the first major motion picture centering on the life of  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,” states DuVernay. “I would have never had the opportunity to do any of that if officers had tased me, then taken me down and forced me on the pavement, placed a knee on my back and handcuffed me. And when I went unconscious, stood by and watched me die for 20 minutes until the ambulance came like they did with Tanisha Anderson. Tanisha Anderson’s life matters, just like my life matters.”

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Blackout is a network of concerned artists, activists, filmmakers, musicians and citizens who have committed their energy and resources to immediately address the staggering level of human rights violations against fellow Americans throughout the United States.

“We demand an immediate end to the brutal treatment and inhumane killings of our loved ones; the lives of our friends, our parents and our children have value and should be treated with respect,” says their mission on their website. “Our right to life is secured not only by our humanity, but is protected by law both federally and internationally by the Constitution of the United States of America and the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

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Watch the rest of the videos below. For more information on Blackout For Human Rights, click here.

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