#BlackLivesMatter Protesters Launch 9-Day March
In response to police brutality, particularly the assassination of unarmed black men throughout the country, #BlackLivesMatter protesters have launched a 9-day march to call attention to the epidemic.
The march, which began on Monday morning, will take activists on a 250-mile trek from New York City to Washington, D.C.
Sade Swift,19, told The Huffington Post she was marching because she’s “tired of creating hashtags” for unarmed men of color killed by police.
“#EricGarner. #MichaelBrown. #RamarleyGraham. #TamirRice. #AkaiGurley. And, most recently, #WalterScott. I’m tired of seeing all these people that look like me on the news, so that’s why I’m marching.”
The Justice League, who is holding the march, is pushing for the passage of three federal bills: the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, which would create funding to improve conditions in local and state juvenile justice programs; the End Racial Profiling Act, which would prohibit police from profiling anyone based on their race or national origin; and the Militarization Bill, which would limit police departments’ ability to purchase military equipment from the Department of Defense.
Once they arrive in D.C., the protesters will hold a rally, followed by informational sessions with Congress.