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NMOS14: Transforming Rage into Reform

As the events following the murder of Michael Brown seemed to get worse and worse, I, like many others, found myself wondering if there was anything I could do help.

So when I found out about there was a National Moment of Silence event scheduled in Chicago, a peaceful assembly and vigil held for victims of police brutality, I automatically cleared my schedule to go.

When I arrived, the first thing I noticed was the diversity of the crowd. This wasn’t an “all Black” thing–and it was refreshing. It was an affirmation that human rights are human rights. Period.

After the moment of silence, some of the participants shared some words about hardship, hurt or hope. Groups such as the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), passed out flyers and posters. The crowd revved, chanting “won’t take it no more!”

But what followed was awe-inspiring. During our peaceful protest throughout the streets of downtown Chicago, the people of the city showed their support. Bus drivers honked their horns and waved, drivers rolled their windows down and proceeded to put their hands up. Pedestrians stopped what they were doing to join.

That is what I’d like to call solidarity.

Though NMOS14 turned out well, it is just the beginning. To me, making the world a better place for my siblings, cousins, loved ones and myself means a constant effort in advocating for human rights.

National Moment of Silence

People of all backgrounds came together in solidarity for one cause.