Sandra Bland's mother delivers gut-wrenching speech to congressional leaders

Sandra Bland's Mother Delivers Emotional Speech to Congressional Leaders

Sandra Bland's mother Geneva Reed-Veal delivered a emotionally powerful speech to congressional leaders Thursday.

Her message?

"I as a mother, do not believe [Sandra] committed suicide [...]," she said. "I will continue to speak for every mother who is paralyzed because of the loss of their child."

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Reed-Veal was on-hand to celebrate the launch of the Congressional Caucus for Black Women and Girls. Her speech, held at the Library of Congress drew a crowd of nearly 100.

Reed-Veal's daughter Sandra was pulled over last July for a minor traffic violation. She was later found dead in a Texas jail cell, sparking national protests and campaigns online to #SayHerName and fight against unfair policing.

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"Am I angry, absolutely," Reed-Veal said. "I'm not angry enough to create a riot where I burn things down, but I will create a riot, I will set off so that people will understand that this is real. Movements move. Activists activate. We have got to stop talking and move. So I leave you with this: it is time to wake up, get up, step up, or shut up."

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Lambert tells @TJMShow the dash cam video shows the trooper pulling his taser out at #SandraBland & she then complies to get out of the car
Failure to signal should never lead to a violent arrest & death in a jail cell. "We can change this." #SandraBland https://t.co/JCaWjIiixa
#SandraBland UPDATE: Civil rights leaders in Texas are discussing working with the family to have an independent autopsy done on Bland.
I HEREBY ATTEST AND AFFIRM That if I die in police custody, I did NOT kill myself. Please get the appropriate revenge. #SandraBland
Beautiful sister, rest well. It's still on. #SandraBland http://t.co/kFts5ZANMR
It appears the FBI has officially been asked by Texas to help with investigation into the death of #SandraBland http://t.co/KnFx5Hu5YK
A major meeting is scheduled Tuesday on the campus of Prairie View A&M Univ. for top state officials to discuss the #SandraBland death
Wow. Just learned that the last man to "hang himself" in the Waller County jail was also arrested for "assaulting an officer" #SandraBland
Witness said #SandraBland was pulled THROUGH HER WINDOW and slammed by police after being pulled over for not using a turn signal.
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