For Immediate Release
#BlackLivesMatter: Group of Young Black Organizers calls for March of Millions on 13th Dec. Against Police Violence
NEW YORK, NY - Organizers in New York are hosting what they call a Millions March to continue the momentum that has been building across the country in a sustained effort to call attention to the scourge of police violence in Black communities. Organized almost entirely through social media, the march has seen over 30k RSVP’s from ordinary New Yorkers who have been motivated by the recent Grand Jury decisions in the Eric Garner and Mike Brown cases. Gathering in Washington Square Park at 2.00PM, the organizers have called it a Day of Anger, and planned a march through Manhattan, as people will go peacefully and non-violently into the streets all over the country to disrupt business as usual, to express their anger and to demand justice for victims of police violence and institutionalized racism
“We are continuing where the freedom fighters of the Civil Rights Movement left off,” said Synead Nichols, co-organizer of the march. “We are a new generation of young black activists willing to take up the torch and we’re not taking it anymore.”
The organizers have partnered with groups like Ferguson Action & Black Lives Matter, which have been leading actions across the nation for months in a call for wholesale change in what many say is a broken system of policing. Leaders of the march hope to keep the wave of civil disobedience alive, as they say the work for justice is not yet done.
“Police commissioner Bratton thinks our protests will just peter out. We are interrupting the normal flow of trade and business in New York because there can be no more business as usual,” said Che Brandes-Tuka, co-organizer of the march. “We won’t stop until we get justice for Mike Brown. We won’t stop until we get justice for Eric Garner. We won't stop until all Black lives matter.”
Protest organizers have endorsed the demands by Ferguson Action, which include a broader role for the Department of Justice in prosecuting the killings of unarmed people by police.
“It’s open season on black people now,” said Umara Elliot, co-organizer of the march. “A black person is killed by the police every 28 hours, so we demand that action be taken at every level of government to ensure that these racist killings by the police cease.”
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The Millions March was organized and called for by a group of young Black activists in NYC. They have teamed up with with other unaffiliated activists of color and organizations like Ferguson Action, Black Lives Matter, Mobilizing Our Voices Everywhere (M.O.V.E.), The Rockaway Youth Task Force, several Black fraternal organizations, individual trade union organizers, ISO, ANSWER and other progressive organizations.