On Saturday, August 10, 2019, a coalition of activist groups staged nonviolent direct action to demand an end to concentration camps on the border and ICE’s reign of terror. Demonstrators gathered at Madison Square Park and marched to the West Side Highway. They proceeded to block traffic outside the Starrett Lehigh Building to call attention to its ties to ICE, resulting in dozens of arrests.
On Friday, August 9, 2019, activists with NYC Shut It Down gathered at Grand Central Station in New York City and marched to Times Square to commemorate the life of Michael Brown.
On August 9, 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson after being harassed for walking in the street. The murder and the subsequent decision to not indict Wilson, along with the recent murder of Eric Garner by the NYPD, sparked a wave of protests throughout the summer and fall of 2014 that helped ignite the Black Lives Matter movement.
In New York, NYC Shut It Down began #PeoplesMonday, what would become a four-year-long weekly demonstration against the police murder of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people. NYC Shut it Down dedicated their first #PeoplesMonday to Mike Brown. Now, on the 5-year-anniversary of Brown's murder, they gathered again at the nexus of those protests, Grand Central Terminal, to lift up his name and tell his story.
On Sunday, August 4, 2019, hundreds rallied against gun violence sweeping America. Activists marched from the New York Public Library at 476 5th Avenue to the Red Staircase in Times Square. Speakers include Maryellen Novak, a member of Gays Against Guns, Marti Gould Cummings, legendary drag performer and founder of Hell’s Kitchen Democrats, and Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, and others. The Dayton, Ohio, shooting marks 251 mass shootings this year alone.
A mass impromptu demonstration erupts at Columbus Circle in New York City on February 15, 2019. Hundreds of participants gathered for a march, ultimately blocking traffic in front of the Trump International Hotel and resulting in multiple arrests. (Photo by Karla Ann Coté)
Participants in #PeoplesMonday march from Grand Central to Times Square to honor the memory of #AmadouDiallo, an unarmed Bronx resident shot 41 times, 20-years ago by the NYPD.
This marks the four-year anniversary of People’s Monday.
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On Saturday, November 5, over a thousand participants took to the streets of New York City to march in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.
The march began at 10:45am in front of the Museum of the American Indian. Protestors made their way up Broadway, following the Wickquasgeck Trail, until they arrived at Inwood Hill Park. The march ended near the Indian caves, after nearly eight hours of non-violent action in response to the invasion of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Indigenous Sovereign Land.