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On Monday night outside of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, protesters organized a “#RoyalShutdown” for Eric Garner and other victims of police violence. Visiting British royalty William and Kate met a crowd of demonstrators reacting to the recent non-indictment of officer Daniel Pantaleo from a Staten Island Grand Jury, and chanting Garner’s last words: “I can’t breathe!” The organizers of the demonstration, Justice League NYC, an arm of Harry Belafonte’s social justice organization, The Gathering for Justice, called for a “die-in. Read More
Living in the United States, it is hard to imagine what it would be like to have your rights strictly limited. We can’t fathom how it would feel if, during a peaceful protest, all forms of communication were disassembled and we were sprayed down with tear gas. We must try to place ourselves in that situation, or at least realize injustice when it is staring at us in the face. But it’s not. The human rights violations that are occurring in Istanbul, Turkey are hardly being televised abroad, and there is virtually no mention of it at all within local news stations. Read More