Nationwide People Left Work, School For An Organized 4.5 Minute Ferguson Protest
All across the country, yesterday people left their jobs and school to take part in a nationwide 4.5 minute walkout for Ferguson.
Hundreds filled NYC’s Union Square and student left classes at Harvard Law School, Vanderbilt University, Wheaton College, Smith College, and Episcopal Divinity School–just to name a few. Some had a “die-in” for 4.5 minutes in front of the Department of Justice building in Washington, DC.
It all happened at 12:01 p.m. EST on Monday when people upset with a Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police office Darren Wilson in the death of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown walked out of their schools, homes, and office buildings to participate in a nationwide demonstration honoring Brown and standing in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri, reports The Huffington Post.
More than 80 cities, 30 states and 40 college campuses were expected to participate.
All the numbers had significance. The time 12:01 p.m. was the time Brown was shot by Ferguson Wilson on August 9. December 1st marked one week since a grand jury announced their decision, which ignited a series of protests. And the protest were 4.5 minutes because Brown’s body was left on the Ferguson street for 4.5 hours.
Depending on the city, the protests were slightly different. In New York City, protesters chanted: “NYPD, KKK, how many kids have you killed today?” Protesters gathered outside an police station in South Central Los Angeles near where Ezell Ford, a mentally ill black man, was shot and killed by police the same night of the Ferguson decision. And there one protester said: “This isn’t about #EzellFord or #Ferguson this is an epidemic across the nation.”
Coverage of Monday’s national protests could be viewed on social media at #Handsupwalkout.