This evening - starting at 6pm - there will be an organised 'die-in' protest taking place at Westfield Shopping Centre, Whtie City to show solidarity with those in the United States currently protesting against racial discrimination within police forces and police brutality.
As the official Facebook event page details:
'Called by London Black Revs, nus black students' campaign, London Campaign Against Police and State Violence - In solidarity with the murder of Eric Garner by New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo and the many more who have been killed across the US by the Police Force and KKK in the past months and years. Eric Garner was a 43-year-old father of six, described by friends as a neighbourhood peacemaker and a generous, congenial person. He was killed on July 17 by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who accused Garner of selling untaxed cigarettes, attempted to arrest him, and then put him in an illegal chokehold when Eric Garner protested. He was ignored as he repeatedly told them "I can't breathe". Those became his last words. He said he couldn't breathe nine times, before dying of a heart attack. On 4 December, 2014 the Staten Island grand july decided not to indict Officer Pantaleo - despite medical examiners ruling the death a homicide, and a complete video of Eric Garner's murder. The recording captured the entire incident, and yet still the police have been found not guilty - instead, the man who filmed the murder has been indicted on weapons charges. His name is Ramsey Orta, and he has our full support as yet another victim of the racist US legal system. This is a protest against both of these despicable verdicts and the lack of consequences for Eric Garner's murderer, as well as against the institutionalised racism of police in both the US and the UK, and the continued murders of black people that go unpunished. In this time of great pain in the Black community, we must stand in solidarity with all of our siblings. The suffering of Black people of marginalised genders should not be silenced by the media, the state and especially not by those who claim to fight for us. It is a fact that we can never forget the name Eric Garner. Never forget Mike Brown. We must never forget Aiyana Stanley Jones, the seven year old girl killed by a cop while sleeping in her home. Never forget Rekia Boyd, who was shot in the head when a cop opened fire from his car. Never forget Tarika Wilson, murdered while her house was raided. Her 14 month old son was also shot. Black trans women are the fastest growing prison population and the most murdered minority in the world. Black trans women are murdered and brutalised without justice, facing state violence on the streets and within the prison industrial complex. We must raise these voices in conjunction with the voices of our cisgender siblings. We must remember Deshawnda Sanchez, shot dead while she knocked on a door to seek help. We must remember Duanna Johnson, beaten by police on camera and killed before she could press charges. Islan Nettles, whose killer has not been brought to justice even though she was killed in front of an NYPD precinct. This is only a snapshot of the stories we must seek out and commit to our collective memory. Never forget the Black women on the front lines of our struggle and do not allow our deaths to become secondary issues. In the UK, one person a week dies in police custody, or following police contact. Mark Duggan, Jimmy Mubenga, Stephen Lawrence and Smiley Culture are just some of those failed by our so-called "justice" system; it's time for it to stop. Join us as we protest in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters, and tell the world that enough is enough. We will assemble outside a large public building. In solidarity with Eric Garner, we will DIE-IN - that's fall to the floor and occupy the ground in solidarity, as protesters having been doing in New York (. This action will make the presence of black death felt by those watching, policing and monitoring our actions, as we all shout, in unity, #blacklivesmatter As we've seen with Ferguson, the USA is cracking down on the right to protest, whether peaceful or not - and the same is happening here in the UK. We support all calls to mobilise: when we stand together, no government can silence us.'
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