TODAY ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER: Peaceful Protest to Demand an End to Racism and Police Brutality’

7 Dec

WHAT: A peaceful protest to demand an end to racism and police brutality.

WHY: We must unite here in Kingston to protest the unchecked police brutality and state violence that has stolen the lives of thousands of black people in the Americas. This rally is to demand justice for the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Aiyana Jones, Darrien Hunt, John Crawford III, and all other victims of the underlying antiblack racism that devalues black lives. This peaceful rally demands an end to racial violence and police brutality.

We ask that people bring signs if possible, with slogans addressing the antiblack racism and police violence we are attempting to dismantle. Because this rally is also a form of mourning, we also suggest that people wear black or other dark colours. Some of the chants we will be using include “Hands up, don’t shoot! Black lives matter,” “no justice, no peace,” and, in memory of Eric Garner, “I can’t breathe.”

Several people will be collecting donations for a GoFundMe campaign in the name of Esaw Garner, the widow of Eric Garner, who is left with six children for whom to care. She has received no justice in the murder of her husband by officer Daniel Pantaleo, but we can at least provide her with financial support in the aftermath of her horrific loss. http://www.gofundme.com/i8ytdk

WHERE: We will begin our protest by assembling in Market Square at 2pm on Sunday, December 7th. After 30 minutes, we will hold 4 and a half minutes of silence for Michael Brown, as requested by his parents, to represent the 4 and a half hours during which his body was left in the street. Then, we will march up Princess St. to the intersection between Princess and Division St. We will march slowly to ensure accessibility for all participants, and to make sure our signs and chants are clear to those we pass. At the intersection, we will regroup, make ourselves visible, and then we will march down Brock St. to return to Market Square, where we will end the rally.

WHEN: TODAY (SUNDAY DECEMBER 7TH 2014) 2PM

FIND THE EVENT ON FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/events/956699934359572/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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