Washington, D.C. (December 14, 2014) – The police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY with grand juries failing to hand out indictments, sparked a growing wave of nationwide protests, from New York to San Francisco over the past few months.
More than 10,000 attended the “Justice For All Rally” and march in Washington, DC on December 13
On Saturday, December 13, the outrage and frustration culminated in a series of “National Day of Resistance” rallies held simultaneously in a number of major American cities, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC.
“Justice For All” rally and march organizer, Al Sharpton assists in trying to get speakers up to the podium.
The “Justice For All” rally in Washington, D.C. was coordinated by the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network (NAN). In addition to attracting more than 10,000 diverse participants, the rally had the distinction of featuring a large number of the mothers and fathers of “those who were killed and who were let down by prosecutors and grand juries that did not indict police officers.”
A white attendee to the December 13 “Justice For All” march and rally expresses his opinion as the significance of the event.
Among this group were Michael Brown, Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, parents of Michael Brown; Gwen Carr, mother of choking victim Eric Garner; Samaria Rice, mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice who was recently killed by a Cleveland policeman while playing with a toy gun; Kadiatou Diallo, the mother of Amadou Diallo who was shot 19 times in 1999 by New York plainclothes policemen who thought the wallet he was pulling out was a gun; John Crawford, Jr. whose son, John Crawford III was shot dead by police this year in a Wal-Mart store in a Dayton suburb; and Sabrina Fulton, whose son, Trayvon Martin was shot dead by self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
Mothers of slain sons move forward to take the stage during the “Justice For All” march in Washington, DC on December 13.
Said Rev. Sharpton as he looked out into the mass of thousands of whites, African Americans, Asians, and Latinos, “This is not a black march or a white march…this is an American march so the rights of all Americans are protected. I’m inspired when I see white kids holding up signs saying ‘Black Lives Matter.’”
Eric Michael Dyson addresses the crown during “justice For All” march and rally in Washington, DC on December 13. To watch part 2, please visit our YouTube page
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