— LaKisha Williams (@MinLaKi) December 14, 2014
The seasonal cold temps did nothing to dissuade determined protesters who were ready and eager to take to the streets to show their solidarity for the families of the victims of police brutality.
NYC was the location for “The Millions March NYC: Day of Anger” on Saturday. The march began in Washington Square Park – and then progressed to Herald Square before detouring back to the downtown area – to One Police Plaza which houses the headquarters of the NYPD.
For those who were unable to physically participate, there was the option to stream the protests through services provided by Ustream and CBS News.
Thousands of people showed up to seize the landscape of The Big Apple to demand justice and an end to racial profiling, which has led to the deaths of several unarmed men of color.
The crowd comprised of different age groups, and each participant echoed similar sentiments regarding the destructive past and the dangerously uncertain future. Courtney Cook, 25, a dancer, could be heard sharing her despair among the raging chants, “I’m here today standing in solidarity with my brothers, my nephews, and my unborn sons”. “Racism is very real, so why not confront it and not sweep it under the rug?”
17-year-old Ian Effendi, who attends high school in the Bronx, eloquently summarized the tough issues plaguing his city to USA Today, “The system that is allowing killer police officer to not get indicted is broken”. “If the system doesn’t get better, how are we going to truth the police?”
In Washington DC Rev. Al Sharpton kept his promise by leading the march to the U.S. Capitol in an effort to bring attention to the crippling effects of police brutality. The march titled: “Justice for All”, was centered in the downtown area, and it wasn’t long before the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue was completely doused with a growing crowd, chanting in unison as music emitted from a makeshift stage near the Capitol building.
Organizers estimated that at least 25,000 people showed up to protest the senseless deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Both men were subjects of high-profile cases that continue to incite rage and despair due to the non-indictments of their accused killers.
Once again, the young and the old converged with a common agenda, and as 77-year-old Barbara Cole, explained to USA Today, as she held her sign, “Grandmas For Change!! Enough is Enough”, the tragedy is how little has changed in her lifetime, “My generation should have solved this problem and we didn’t.”