A video of celebrities demanding justice for Elijah McClain will be projected near the Capitol tonight

Janelle Monáe, Meagan Good, Jonathan Van Ness, Ben Platt, Beanie Feldstein, Tobe Nwigwe and more will light up Five Points tonight.

Demonstrators calling for justice for Elijah McClain march through Aurora on the evening of July 3, 2020.

Demonstrators calling for justice for Elijah McClain march through Aurora on the evening of July 3, 2020.

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Earlier this month, the @justiceforelijahmcclain Instagram account dropped a video showing celebrities like Janelle Monáe, Meagan Good and Jonathan Van Ness speaking Elijah McClain’s last words and calling on Colorado officials to charge the officers involved in McClain’s death. On Monday, local activists are projecting that video in downtown Denver, near the State Capitol.

From 8 to 11 p.m., community members will gather in Five Points to screen the video and to share action items people can take to demand change. The screening, which was organized by local activist Kelci Newlin in cooperation with Saraya Hamidi, who runs the @justiceforelijahmcclain Instagram account and the Justice for Elijah Change.org petition, started as a way to put additional pressure on local officials, including Attorney General Phil Weiser. It comes a week before the one-year anniversary of McClain’s death on August 24.

The video will play on a three-hour loop on a building at 2220 Curtis St. The event is free and open to the public. You can also preview the original video, posted below.

 

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