Marches across the country show support for Ferguson
UPDATED 9:50 p.m. | On Tuesday, cities across the country organized responses to Monday’s decision by a grand jury not to indict Darren Wilson for fatally shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Speakers at the rally of hundreds in Washington, D.C., voiced outrage over the decision and emphasized the importance of organizing communities to effect change for the future.
“We’re trying to organize anger into power and strategic planning,” a speaker said.
One organizer pointed out that the day marked the anniversary of Sean Bell’s death by police in New York City. Bell was fatally shot, and two friends wounded, with fifty rounds by police in 2006.
Others protested the system that they said allows violence against people of color and urged attendees to film police. “This is not a system that is broken. This is a system that is not made to work for us,” the speaker said.
The Ferguson National Response Network is maintaining an online list of dozens of protests that were planned for Tuesday night. Protesters have organized around the hashtag #IndictAmerica on Twitter and Facebook to spread information on protest plans.
The group Black Lives Matter Boston will host a protest in downtown Boston tonight, and organizers in New York plan to gather in Union Square, where protests began yesterday following the decision.
In Philadelphia, Knoxville, TN and Asheville, NC, protesters are instructed to wear black for demonstrations today. A planned demonstration in New Orleans, LA, asks attendees to wear black and red.
Protests will begin at police departments in several cities, including Boston, Austin and Dallas. The Baltimore People’s Power Assembly is gathering in McKeldin Square in Baltimore this afternoon for a protest and march, according to WBAL. In Washington, D.C., protesters will gather in Mount Vernon Square at 7 p.m. Facebook events are also publicizing protests in Providence and Houston.
People are also organizing gatherings outside the U.S. Several protests are planned in Canada, and people in Ottawa will gather for a vigil at the U.S. Embassy tonight. A protest and silent march is also in the works for Dec. 5 in Tokyo, according to the Ferguson National Response network.