People rally in Union Square before marching through the street in protest to the Ferguson grand jury decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown case on December 1, 2014 in New York City.
Cities across the U.S. mobilized for action after the Ferguson grand jury announced its decision, with thousands of students taking part in#HandsUpWalkOut protests.
The action came one week after a grand jury announced the decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, triggering violent riots in the city and nationwide solidarity demonstrations.
Protesters from colleges and high schools channeling the 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' motto that has become a symbol of the Ferguson protests gathered in New York City, Washington, Boston, San Francisco and other cities across the U.S. to speak out against what organizers call a "miscarriage of justice."
Five people were arrested in the New York protest for disorderly conduct. Several hundred protesters marched from Union Square to Times Square carrying signs demanding justice for both Brown and Staten Island man Eric Garner who died in July after being placed in a chokehold by a NYPD officer.
.@tedalexandro addresses the #HandsUpWalkout protest in Times Sq. #Justice4MikeBrown pic.twitter.com/kMghhdzEkt— Jeff Rae (@jeffrae) December 1, 2014
#WalkoutNYC is staging a die-in in #NYC Times Square!#HandsupWalkout #Shutitdownnyc #Ferguson #MikeBrownpic.twitter.com/zhSCZbS0Mc— Ash J (@AshAgony) December 1, 2014
Students from several Boston colleges blocked street and squares in the city.
Boston Arts Academy students walk out in support of Mike Brown and Ferguson. #HandsUpDontShoot #HandsUpWalkoutpic.twitter.com/N3i8XzyRie— Chris Buttimer (@chrisbuttimer) December 1, 2014
In Washington, protesters staged a "die-in" at an intersection in Chinatown. According to the activist group Ferguson Action, which organized the protest, the priority was to disrupt the "daily order."
"No more business as usual. We can no longer do what we have always done and cooperate with a system that does not respect Black Lives. We will only get the change we want if we disrupt the daily order and insists that Black Lives Matter. If that means shutting down the entire country, that’s what we’ll do," said a mission statement on the group's website.
The nationwide protests were also planned to coincide with the 59th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ arrest in Montgomery, Alabama, who refused to move to the back of a public bus according to the law at the time.
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