"I can't breathe."
Those were Eric Garner's last words after being put in a chokehold by a Staten Island police officer. He shouted repeatedly from the ground, gasping for breath, as bystanders watched in horror.1
If you haven't already, please listen to the devastating audio of Eric Garner's final moments. His last words ring as a call to all of us—to pay attention and to act.
And then, please share this with five friends who might not be fully aware of the protests that have erupted across the country, led by young people of color crying out for justice.
Garner's death—and the subsequent refusal of the Staten Island grand jury to hold the police accountable—have ignited a massive outcry, as people are flooding the streets in dozens of cities with eloquent and peaceful protests.
Now we're at a turning point. This wave of public revulsion and outrage can help change the culture and policies that have been enabling police violence in communities of color for far, far too long. But only if enough people really tune in and take action.
For those of us who are already in motion, thank you. For the rest of us, let's make sure we really hear Eric Garner's last words and the moral call to act that they represent. They're hard to take—but that doesn't mean we can turn away.
Thank you for all you do.
–Corinne, Justin R., Erica, Anna, and the rest of the team
P.S. Check out FergusonAction.com to find ongoing peaceful demonstrations in your area.
1. "Protesters Fill the Streets Across the Country Over Decision in Eric Garner Case," New York Times, December 4, 2014
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