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Finding a peaceful balance and slowly living with the ‘Not Guilty’ verdict heard around the world, after unarmed teen Trayvon Benjamin Martin who was gunned down on February 26, 2012 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman; old hurt, pain and outraged were re-ignited when another unarmed teen Michael Brown was gunned down by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014. The No indictment grand jury decision led to riots and more outrage, but the de-value for unarmed black men lives was echoed around the world after the no indictment grand jury decision in the case of unarmed Eric Garner who was placed in a choked hold by NYPD’s Daniel Pantaleo on July 17, 2014 and died. There are more cases on the injustice going on, but these cases ignited the fire and passion for change.
Hoping that Saturday 12-13-2014 will go down in the books as a historic moment, New York City came out and showed out last weekend for the Millions March. With “I Can’t Breathe” signs, while chanting, “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” It was a powerful sight to see. People took to the street to show their support to put an end to police brutality against unarmed Black men. The turnout was amazing. The mix crowd filled with celebrities and everyday people, braced the cold weather for a great caused. Meeting at the One Police Plaza downtown, the peaceful protest last for about four hours.
Jordan Davis another unarmed African American teen, was shot and killed by Michael Dunn in Jacksonville Florida because he did not turn down the loud music, family were in attendance for the march.
So was Sean Bell, also unarmed on the night of his death in New York at the hands of police officers. It was the nigth before his weeding.
The family of Emmit Till, who was murdered at the age of 14 in Mississippi, for flirting with a white woman, attended the march as well.
Celebrities spotted were, Russell Simmons, Orange Is The New Black Cast, rapper Nas, Kevin Lies and more.
There was also a march held in D.C. Reverend Al Sharpton was among the crowd of 10,000 people. Organized by the National Action Network in Washington, D.C., family members of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Trayvon Martin all took to Capitol Hill in a protest against police violence on Saturday.
NBA players also joined the movement, by wearing their “I Can’t Breathe” shirts.
So did the women basketball team at Notre Dame.
Director Spike Lee was spotted at the march as well.
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“United we stand, divided we fall”. Let us all continue to STAND UP for change. What an incredible moment. Praying for all the families who will have to deal with the pain of tragically losing love ones.
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