Responses Thursday Re: Eric Garner Grand Jury

AFSC will not be primarily organizing a protest Thursday (December 4) regarding the grand jury decision in the death of Eric Garner, but will be supporting other folks in the area, including:

  • UMass Amherst students have put out this call:

“We need to come out in force to show that without justice, there will be no peace. Join us for a public action. We will leave UMass between 5 and 5:30 p.m. from the parking lot by Franklin Dining Commons (directions here: https://goo.gl/maps/eGEKv) and will disclose the location of the direct action then. If you have a car, please let us know so we can bring even more people. Please be aware that by participating in nonviolent protest, you may be risking arrest. Now more than ever, we need to demonstrate resistance (& allyship if you are not Black) to this institutional violence. Stand with us because ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬.”

  • Mt. Holyoke students have had an event today, and will be having another at 4pm at Blanchard Fire Pit (March and Rally). The Facebook event describes the following:

 

In solidarity with Mike Brown and the countless innocent people who have been murdered due to state sanctioned violence, students at Mount Holyoke College have organized a day of action…and this is only the beginning.

4:00pm at Blanchard Fire Pit (March and Rally) until approximately 5:00-5:30pm.

“IT IS OUR DUTY TO FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM. IT IS OUR DUTY TO WIN. WE MUST LOVE AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER. WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT OUR CHAINS.”- Assata Shakur

  • Amherst Regional High School students walked out of class around noon today in solidarity:

    Picture: Amilcar Shabazz

    Picture: Amilcar Shabazz

If you know of any other actions/protests happening, please pass them along and we will share them here, on Facebook, Twitter, and with our contacts.

Here are some good articles to educate and inform yourself of the context of these recent events: