Washington, D.C. grassroots organizer Philip Pannell stores a grim collection of police department fliers in his basement office, each representing someone slain in the city since 2010, the Washington Post reports.
They show the names and faces of 143 homicide victims — all of them black, most of them men. Few have been spoken for by the justice system, as only 10 cases have been closed. The fliers are pasted to cardboard panels, a haunting project that Pannell has carried to civic groups, community meetings, churches and even a fashion show in a quest to remind his neighbors that slayings should not go unsolved and to build political support to demand action from city government. He hopes these panels of death will prompt witnesses to speak out, the guilty to confess, and the city to launch a cable-access program to address what he sees as an epidemic of silence.