SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS RALLY TOGETHER MONDAY AT HENDRICKS CHAPEL TO JOIN NATIONAL “HANDS UP WALK OUT” MIKE BROWN SOLIDARITY PROTESTS
December 1, 2014. Today, Syracuse University students and faculty will join a national walk-out in solidarity with the Ferguson Action Team’s national call. The walk-out will take place at 1:01 p.m. EST, the same time when Mike Brown was fatally shot by former Officer Darren Wilson at 12:01 p.m. CST on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, MO. This protest will be held a week after a grand jury failed to indict Wilson and on the first day of school after the Thanksgiving break.
Students will convene in front of Hendricks Chapel at 12:45 p.m. to give their opening remarks. At 1:01 p.m. students will march from Hendricks Chapel, down the stairs in front of the Hall of Languages and down to Marshall Street. Students will continue along the strip marching back to Hendricks Chapel [map attached below]. This march and walk-out will conclude at 2 p.m. after students and faculty make connections to the events in Ferguson to issues in Syracuse. At the conclusion of the event marchers will stand silent for 4.5 minutes to symbolize the 4.5 hours Mike Brown’s body was in the street after he was fatally shot.
This walk-out occurs five days following a press-conference and rally in downtown Syracuse, which was held the day after the announcement that Wilson would not face indictment for Brown’s fatal shooting. In the week since this announcement was made, countless communities across the nation have rallied together in effort to stand in alliance with the protesters of Ferguson. This is the second protest against Mike Brown’s death to be held at Syracuse University this semester. Another walk-out was held on the first day of the school year, the same day Mike Brown was expected to continue his education beyond high school.
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