I attended the National Action Network “We Will Not Go” march in Staten Island this weekend. Thousands of people of varying ages, races, and religions showed up in solidarity to support the family of Eric Garner, and march for overall awareness and change regarding NYPD violence. Although Michael Brown was not the focus of the march, many held signs supporting the community of Ferguson. There were human chains on the sides of the march and volunteer marshals to help keep the peace. And the peace was kept.
There were a lot of laughs and hugs amidst tears and chants unifying people who’d come from all over the country and who up until that event, had never met. There was a feeling in the air of cooperation, love, and optimism that by gathering and joining forces, change can come.
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All photos by Lela Edgar