Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Manhattan Saturday to protest U.S police brutality. The three-day action under the slogan #RiseUpOctober is centred around the victims of police violence, through a diverse, grassroots coalition of activists and concerned citizens.
Supported by notable figures like scholar and academic Cornel West and actor Jesse Williams, the movement condemns a state-sanctioned system which they say endorses campaigns of “police terror” in poor communities, and especially in communities of color.
Because of the hard work of the Black Lives Matter movement, victims of police brutality like Travyon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Sandra Bland have become household names. Coalition groups such as Stop Mass Incarceration are building on this growing political consciousness to expand the movement against “police terror” in communities of color.
At least 100 families who lost a family member through police violence were said to have attended the marches. Saturday’s march, from Manhattan’s Washington Square Park to Bryant Park followed events on October 22 and 23, including a #ShutDownRikers protest involving non-violent direct action to shut NYC’s debtors’ prison.
This video from Ruptly provides extensive coverage of the October 24 march:
—Posted by Roisin Davis
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