A Statement of Truth: Ramsey Orta, Domestic Violence & Accountability in the Movement
Over the past four years, I have tried to heal from the abuse I experienced in my marriage to Ramsey Orta (the man who filmed the murder of Eric Garner). I gave him my full support during this time, and in return I was met only with violence. I joined this movement hoping my son and I would matter in this fight for Black Lives, but clearly we have been missing from the conversation. Now that Ramsey is out of prison, it is clear that I have not been heard despite my efforts and I once again feel the need to speak publicly about what happened and what I need to move forward. If defunding the police is a real goal, then the process of restorative justice needs to be established. We can do that by focusing on holding ourselves accountable within the movement, and by doing so, create an environment where we can thrive in solidarity while fighting to reach our goals together.
The Following Points Were Written In Response to Parts of Ramsey's Statement
but you can literally watch my path of growth, as many have over the years, through my attempts to also contribute to the movement and Black Liberation everywhere. Basically, I always reinvested back into myself AND the movement. From the Operation Mobile Cafe that serviced one of the most drug infested areas of East Oakland to feeding 100 families per week in Belize, supporting live streamers and activists across the nation while doing everything in my power to highlight the voices of the oppressed. With or without receiving donations, as far as my feet could carry me, I would stand in solidarity with my comrades in the struggle, and am asking for the same in return now. To those who didn’t know or didn’t listen before, here is your chance.
While I am also grateful there was documentation and awareness surrounding the death of Eric Garner, I cannot celebrate the man who filmed it. Throughout the course of our marriage I have learned about his manipulative ways and how he uses that video to shield him from any form of accountability to those he has hurt.
No restorative justice
This man is not a hero and we should not support him in any way that does not equal justice for my son and I and growth for the movement as a whole.
Thank you to all who have taken the time to read, listen, share and advocate.
Much love & All Power to the People
3rd Generation East Oakland activist that has been displaced. A Black Woman, Single Mother & Fighter for Black Liberation