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Community Benefit Concert held to celebrate Dominique, Laniya, and Ashaunti Two Years after their murders
InPDUM Prez. Kalambayi, BP96 Station Manager Diakiesse, and APEDF Director and mother of Dominique Battle, Kunde Mwamvita, pose with their Dominique jerseys!
St. Petersburg, FL – March 31, 2018 marked two years since the vicious murders of three African teenage girls, Dominique Battle (16), Laniya Miller (15), and Ashaunti Butler (15), by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department, after they illegally chased, corralled and left the girls to drown in a pond.
To celebrate the lives of the girls, the Justice for the Three Drowned Black Girls Campaign Committee (3DBG), formed and led by the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM), held a community benefit concert themed “Till Justice is Won!”
Taking place in the lot of the beautiful St. Pete Uhuru House, nearly 100 community members, performers and vendors attended the event.
Members of the 3DBG Committee traveled to Florida to build the event, including InPDUM’s International President Kalambayi Andenet, InPDUM’s Info & Ed Coordinator Dexter Mlimwengu, and 3DBG Secretary and member of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, KC Mackey!
Vendors included the African People’s Education and Defense Fund, Simmons Sweets, Pejat Clothing, Uhuru Solidarity Movement, Naiyah and Skits Hats and Lighters, Juicy Jammers, Uzi Custom Clothing and the 3DBG Campaign, which unveiled a line of new merchandise with resources going to the legal defense fund.
The program was lined with amazing talent and speakers, such as Leitrick and his live band, Jimmie Thomas AKA “The Fire Man”, an incredible dancer Javier Red, Black Power 96 Station Manager Diakiesse Lungisani with his original song “Revolution”, St. Pete rapper OG Jock, soulful gospel singer HeideBe and the newest musical sensation of St. Pete, The Nefews.
A profound, heartfelt presentation was given by Kunde Mwamvita, the mother of Dominique Battle, winning the audience to the importance of uniting and getting organized to fight back against the white power police State.
“I want to thank this campaign committee, who has taken this question beyond what happened to these three girls and connected it to what happens to all African people, everywhere it is that we are.
All three of those girls were my babies. But just as much as much as they were mine, they belonged to you. They belonged to the entire African Nation.”
InPDUM International President Kalambayi delivered a powerful statement about her entry into political life, coming all the way from Ferguson, St. Louis, which has recently become ground zero for African resistance.
She spoke about horizontal violence (black on black violence), gave her personal testimony and tied her experiences to the case of the three drowned black girls.
The crowd of people, performers and concert-goers alike, shouted “Uhuru!” and pumped their fists into the air.
OG Jock expressed his appreciation for the event before he began his song, saying, “I want to do anything I can for these girls, that’s my word.”
During the event, 3DBG Chair Akilé and Secretary KC gave an appeal to raise $500 for the legal defense fund of the campaign, and exceeded the goal by $150!
The event was closed out with an encore performance by “The Nefews” of their hit single “I Get Them A’s”, following the stylings of DJ “Waisteline Killa” AKA the Party’s very own Elikya!
Salute to the Three Drowned Black Girls campaign committee and the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement for the two year anniversary campaign concert, held to reaffirm for our community and that the fight for justice for Dominique, Laniya, Ashaunti and all African children, continues.
‘Til Justice is Won!
Justice for the Three Drowned Black Girls!
Donate to the legal defense fund at justice4dominiquebattle.com!