The Daily Fix: Families of Men Killed by Police to Join National March in Washington, D.C.
Thousands of demonstrators from across the country, including Rev. Al Sharpton and the families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice, are expected to converge on Washington, D.C., on Saturday to protest police violence.
Sharpton’s National Action Network organized the Justice for All march with support from about 50 organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Urban League.
“We’re like the union for families, because they want an infrastructure to fight an infrastructure,” the civil rights leader told The Washington Post. “We do not want this to be an episodic movement. We want it to be real change.”
Family members of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida in 2012; John H. Crawford, III, shot and killed by police after picking up a toy gun in the toy section of an Ohio Walmart in August; and Akai Gurley, accidentally shot and killed by a New York officer in a Brooklyn, N.Y., housing project in November will join the march as well. Buses full of protesters from all over the United States are scheduled to arrive in D.C.
Other cities are also anticipating protests on Saturday, which has been called the National Day of Resistance. The Millions March in New York City is set to kick off at Washington Square Park.
Lead organizer Synead Nichols said in a statement, “We are a new generation of young multiracial activists willing to take up the torch, and we’re not going to stand for this anymore.”
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