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Thanks to everyone who came out in Richmond today to show solidarity with fast food and convenience store workers on strike for $15 an hour. There were over 30 workers on strike and over 40 community supporters as well. Plus amazing puppets and drums from the All Saints Theater Puppet Company.
It was a re-energizing event and thanks to everyone who helped to organize it as well.
Here are some photos and video we took at the event! Keep an ear out as there will be more strikes, more protests and more actions around living wage, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, #blacklivesmatter, and more. There is a ton of excellent work being done in Richmond, much led by people of color, to draw the intersectional connections between issues while still respecting the importance and uniqueness of each issue.

Keep loving, keep fighting, keep reading, keep talking, and keep taking care of yourself and those around you! We are building a movement, a necessary movement, and we need to bring our positivity to it because lives are on the line. But seriously, keep your mental/emotional and physical health in mind so we can sustain this movement. lovelovelove

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Tonight’s protest, which seemed to be primarily organized by women of color, against the racist system that let off the NYPD cop who killed Eric Garner took place at 10pm. The march left the VCU compass, and took Harrison to West Grace, then to Ryland. At Ryland and Broad an 11 minute die in took place to symbolize the 11 times Eric Garner said “I can’t breathe” while being choked to death.
Then the march went down Broad, stopping in the middle of a block to listen to the organizers speak on the epidemic of police murders of black people (every 28 hours),  about how the system is not broken but designed in this racist manner, and how solidarity and speaking out against these grave injustices is important – even vital for black lives. The march then proceeded to Broad and Belvidere where protesters held the intersection for almost a full hour before dispersing. Some protesters bought water bottles to pass out amongst the crowd.
Some of the cheers included – “I can’t breathe, we’ve got to fight back”? “Black lives matter”, and “for Eric Garner and Mike Brown shut it down” (forgive us we are tired and are not recalling the last one correctly).
Richmond police blocked the roads but there were no arrests to our knowledge.

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Eric Garner was the man choked to death by a NYPD cop. The results are in tonight and the cop is getting off without even an indictment.
Protest at 10pm at the VCU compass

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