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Give to The Bryan Thao Worra Fund

Our legendary award-winning poet, writer, community trailblazer, arts & culture editor and above all else– friend, Bryan Thao Worra, is in need of our community’s help. Do you have Bryan’s back? I’m sharing one of our favorite poems to remind the world the impact of his words. . . . Read his story and donate here:  . . . “Aftermaths” by Bryan Thao Worra   Sometimes, I want to tell you. Laying by your side, it’s a mystery to explain Why I gave up my poetry for so long.   It’s a mystery to explain why I told you my mother is dead, When I really don’t know what happened to her in those distant jungles.   I loved you, telling you everything I knew about myself, Only to find, as the years went on, how little I really knew.   I can’t dream of my father, his face was blown off by an Anonymous enemy rifle before a picture could be taken.   I don’t have the voice to sing songs to you, Or the stories, …

BREAKING: Police Officer Found “Justified” in Killing of Sylasone Bong Ackhavong

“On April 19th, 2016, a Laotian refugee who appeared to be experiencing mental health issues was shot and killed by the SWAT team in Charlotte. His name was Sylasone “Bong” Ackhavong and he was 41 years old. Bong’s family had no idea about the details of his death until a CMPD officer met them to tell them more, a few months after his death. At that time, the family learned that CMPD was investigating the shooting themselves, and they requested that the investigation be taken over by the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI). Yesterday, January 4th, 2017, Bong’s family met with the district attorney to hear the results of the investigation. The SBI decided that SWAT Officer O.M. Lester was justified in shooting, and killing, Bong and that he will not be prosecuted for his actions.” via Southeast Asian Coalition #JusticeforBong Here’s the full statement from the Ackhavong family: LLOTP will update as more information becomes available. Other media coverage (read with critical lens):