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    In Depth
    6 December 2014

    A protester, demanding justice for Eric Garner, holds a placard while staging a protest against the killing of Eric Garner.

Protests have sparked across the nation following two major decisions in the police murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Black-led mobilizations are leading the current U.S. political moment, denouncing state-sanctioned violence in all its forms.

The Context

The police murders of Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Ezell Ford, Dante Parker, and Michael Brown in July and August, 2014 reminded the world of the reality faced by black communities in the United States.

Their deaths have resurfaced sentiments of a strong U.S. legacy of anti-black racism, and exposed the continued persecution of black people.

Across the United States, entire communities, organizations, and individuals are demanding justice for black lives lost at the hands of state sanctioned violence in over 100 days of peaceful protest ranging from #HandsUpWalkOut and solidarity days with Ferguson.

These last several months have also witnessed a growing national consciousness and willingness to take actions against injustices on national and global levels.

Alongside protests denouncing police brutality, people have demonstrated against the U.S. war on drugs and continued exploitation of workers. Protests have erupted demanding justice in Ferguson, for the missing 43 students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, and people in over 200 cities workers have walked out demanding a living wage.

While respectfully different in their own ways, people continue to build connections between these struggles and their impacts especially on black lives and communities. State sanctioned violence is not isolated to police brutality but also relates to continued high rates of homelessness, unemployment and educational disparities, among other issues.

(Ferguson, Palestine, Ayotzinapa, all united for one cause...)

Most recently, protests denouncing the grand juries’ decisions in Ferguson and New York to not indict officers Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner respectively, have catalyzed black communities and allies into action to interrupt U.S. society.

Streets, major highways and shopping centers throughout the country from Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Boston and to the nation’s capital have continued to be reclaimed and filled with voices chanting: #BlackLivesMatter.

According to Alicia Garza, one of the founders, #BlackLivesMatter centers on the often forgotten and marginalized lives of Black, queer, and trans people, the differently abled, Black-undocumented people, those with records, women, and all Black lives across the gender spectrum.

Today’s growing movement continues to remember the lives of Tamir Rice, Shereese Francis, Yvette Smith, Jordan Baker, Ezell Ford, Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo, Fred Hampton and countless others taken by state authorities over the decades.

The current protests are just the beginning of a growing push for transformation in U.S. society in order to transcend this current crisis by dismantling a system that perpetuates violence against black communities and devalues black life. These protests are proving their potential to reinvision a movement for black liberation in the United States.

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