#NMOS14: Solidarity From Coast To Coast

In response to the most recent murders of unarmed black men by police and the excessive show of force against the mourning community of Ferguson, MO, a national moment of silence was called for on Thursday, August 14. The call resonated from coast to coast as communities in 96 cities in 37 states plus the District of Columbia organized events.

The turnout at many of the events was large. In New York City, thousands of people filled Times Square and shut it down with an impromptu sit-in. Police initially kettled the marchers and started making arrests, then changed their tactic and began releasing people from the square.

Marchers everywhere held their hands in the air and chanted “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” Michael Brown, the 18 year old killed in Ferguson, MO last Saturday was reported by eyewitnesses to be standing with his arms in the air saying that he was unarmed and asking not to be shot when the police officer shot him multiple times until he fell to the ground. When the Ferguson community held vigils and marches to protest the killing, the St. Louis County police brought out tanks and officers in full military equipment who fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the community members including local legislators. In a situation that exacerbated the trauma already experienced by the community, officers also pointed assault rifles at people. Many people held their hands up in the air and repeated “Don’t shoot.”

The situation escalated even further Wednesday night when the militarized police began clearing the area in an aggressive fashion. Two reporters were arrested while working in a local MacDonalds. An alderman and his staff who were taking refuge were dragged from their cars, arrested and held in jail overnight. Tear gas was fired into people’s yards and a sound cannon was deployed.

On Thursday morning, Governor Nixon relieved the St Louis County police force from responsibility for the Ferguson community and put in place Captain Ron Johnson instead, a member of Ferguson. Capt. Johnson changed the tone completely and marched with the people on Thursday night. Hundreds turned out for that peaceful march. Neighbors provided drinks and food to the marchers and members of the New Black Panthers assisted with traffic.

Below is a series of photos from rallies and marches:

If we missed your city, please send a photo/video and attribution to info@popularresistance.org.

Austin, TX

Dido ‏@ChristopherDiDo  4h #Ferguson we are out in Austin standing with you! #NMOS14

Dido ‏@ChristopherDiDo 4h
#Ferguson we are out in Austin standing with you! #NMOS14

Baltimore, MD 

Miá ‏@Melanie45221  30m From Baltimore, thank you @FeministaJones #NMOS14

Miá ‏@Melanie45221 30m
From Baltimore, thank you @FeministaJones #NMOS14

 

Harris from the Post ‏@rousseau_ist  2h CD Witherspoon did a fine job in honoring #MikeBrown at the Bmore #NMOS14 Vigil this evening at the Inner Harbor

Harris from the Post ‏@rousseau_ist 2h
CD Witherspoon did a fine job in honoring #MikeBrown at the Bmore #NMOS14 Vigil this evening at the Inner Harbor

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Boston, MA 

Ellie Castine ‏@EllieC315  44m @MillionHoodies @Dreamdefenders http://www.iflip4.com/article/reflecting-is-insufficient-mike-brown-and-racial-discrimination#.U-ykPSghA5s … #handsup #hoodiesup #NMOS14 Boston

Ellie Castine ‏@EllieC315 44m
@MillionHoodies @Dreamdefenders http://www.iflip4.com/article/reflecting-is-insufficient-mike-brown-and-racial-discrimination#.U-ykPSghA5s … #handsup #hoodiesup #NMOS14 Boston

Chicago, IL

Feminist Bully ‏@bullhorngirl  2h #NMOS14 #Chicago

Feminist Bully ‏@bullhorngirl 2h
#NMOS14 #Chicago

Olivia A. Cole ‏@RantingOwl  3h Young ladies at #NMOS14 in Chicago. #JusticeForMikeBrown

Olivia A. Cole ‏@RantingOwl 3h
Young ladies at #NMOS14 in Chicago. #JusticeForMikeBrown

 Dallas, TX

Hannah DApice‏@hannahdapice At #NMOS14 in Dallas, TX. We stand with #Ferguson for #JusticeforMikeBrown and the #demilitarization of police.

Hannah DApice‏@hannahdapice
At #NMOS14 in Dallas, TX. We stand with #Ferguson for #JusticeforMikeBrown and the #demilitarization of police.

Decatur, GA

Occupy Atlanta ‏@OWSAtlanta #Nmos14 vigil for michaelbrown, #Ferguson & victims of police violence in Decatur, ga

Occupy Atlanta
‏@OWSAtlanta
#Nmos14 vigil for michaelbrown, #Ferguson & victims of police violence in Decatur, ga

District of Columbia

organizerx ‏@organizerx  4h Huge crowd gathering in DC for solidarity with #Ferguson #NMOS14

organizerx ‏@organizerx 4h
Huge crowd gathering in DC for solidarity with #Ferguson #NMOS14

Denver, CO

Jasmine Sailing ‏@madamecp  1h 5:13pm at #Denver #NMOS14. Crowd was still arriving, but there was a front line of "Hands Up Don't Shoot" kids.

Jasmine Sailing ‏@madamecp 1h
5:13pm at #Denver #NMOS14. Crowd was still arriving, but there was a front line of “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” kids.

Detroit, MI

Allie Gross ‏@Allie_Elisabeth  3h Detroit stands in solidarity w Michael Brown #NMOS14

Allie Gross ‏@Allie_Elisabeth 3h
Detroit stands in solidarity w Michael Brown #NMOS14

Copwatch ‏@Copwatch  2h Large crowd gathers in #Detroit for #NMOS14 after Ferguson

Copwatch ‏@Copwatch 2h
Large crowd gathers in #Detroit for #NMOS14 after Ferguson

Ferguson, MO

Anonymous Press ‏@AnonymousPress  1h This is What Good Cops Do. Captain Marches with Protesters in Ferguson. Riots Come to a Halt http://thefreethoughtproject.com/captain-mike-brown-case-marches-protestors/ …

Anonymous Press ‏@AnonymousPress 1h
This is What Good Cops Do. Captain Marches with Protesters in Ferguson. Riots Come to a Halt http://thefreethoughtproject.com/captain-mike-brown-case-marches-protestors/ …

Let's applaud those good police officers who live to serve and protect, deescalating tension tonight in #Ferguson: pic.twitter.com/ZHKgJPFhiO

Let’s applaud those good police officers who live to serve and protect, deescalating tension tonight in #Ferguson: pic.twitter.com/ZHKgJPFhiO

Antonio French ‏@AntonioFrench  16h Shots from the protest going on right now in front of the #Ferguson Police Dept pic.twitter.com/XZvhASpAiT

Antonio French ‏@AntonioFrench 16h
Shots from the protest going on right now in front of the #Ferguson Police Dept pic.twitter.com/XZvhASpAiT

Gainesville, FL

Aixa Ferrer ‏@AixaFerrer  33m #NMOS14 #NMOSGainesville @Dreamdefenders #Ferguson Gainesville, FL

Aixa Ferrer ‏@AixaFerrer 33m
#NMOS14 #NMOSGainesville @Dreamdefenders #Ferguson Gainesville, FL

Indianapolis, IN

Anonymous Operations ‏@YourAnonGlobal  59m Indianapolis is standing up for justice. #Ferguson #MikeBrown #nmos14 #indy #dontshoot pic.twitter.com/WGjkRjS3vp

Anonymous Operations ‏@YourAnonGlobal 59m
Indianapolis is standing up for justice. #Ferguson #MikeBrown #nmos14 #indy #dontshoot pic.twitter.com/WGjkRjS3vp

Kansas City, MO

Eric Burke @Fox4eb Kansas City's #NMOS14 Rally. #Fox4KC

Eric Burke @Fox4eb
Kansas City’s #NMOS14 Rally. #Fox4KC

Miami, FL

Carlos Danger ‏@KamikazeKitten_  1h SO PROUD OF US! RT @_BrkfstAtTiffys: #NMOS14 #Miami #HandsUp #Ferguson @FeministaJones @NMOS14 @Dreamdefenders

Carlos Danger ‏@KamikazeKitten_ 1h
SO PROUD OF US! RT @_BrkfstAtTiffys: #NMOS14 #Miami #HandsUp #Ferguson @FeministaJones @NMOS14 @Dreamdefenders

Nashville, TN

Copwatch ‏@Copwatch  17m RT @ALiberatedSoul: @FreedomSide THANKYOU! #NMOS14 #OurLivesMatter #Nashville

Copwatch ‏@Copwatch 17m
RT @ALiberatedSoul: @FreedomSide THANKYOU! #NMOS14 #OurLivesMatter #Nashville

New Orleans, LA

Anonymous Operations ‏@YourAnonGlobal  21m Abt 400 people at marches largest point between Canal and Jackson Sq #NOLA #MikeBrownNOLA #Ferguson

Anonymous Operations ‏@YourAnonGlobal 21m
Abt 400 people at marches largest point between Canal and Jackson Sq #NOLA #MikeBrownNOLA #Ferguson

New York, NY

Brad Sams ‏@bdsams  11m Wow, Times Square is getting packed by supports for Ferguson

Brad Sams ‏@bdsams 11m
Wow, Times Square is getting packed by supports for Ferguson

Anonymous ‏@YourAnonLive  1h #Ferguson solidarity in NYC: #DONTSHOOT pic.twitter.com/FVYsSC1a53 #Ferguson #JusticeForMikeBrown

Anonymous ‏@YourAnonLive 1h
#Ferguson solidarity in NYC: #DONTSHOOT pic.twitter.com/FVYsSC1a53 #Ferguson #JusticeForMikeBrown

αηιs ‏@theblogpirate  1h Thousands of New Yorkers are staging a sit-in in Times Square chanting "hands up, don't shoot" to support #Ferguson.

αηιs ‏@theblogpirate 1h
Thousands of New Yorkers are staging a sit-in in Times Square chanting “hands up, don’t shoot” to support #Ferguson.

Oakland, CA

Julia Wong ‏@juliacarriew  2h "Put your fists up for St Louis!" #NMOS14 #Oakland

Julia Wong ‏@juliacarriew 2h
“Put your fists up for St Louis!” #NMOS14 #Oakland

Orlando, FL

Valerie Boey ‏@vboey  4h Raising hands in solidarity at vigil for # MichaelBrown in Orlando. #FOX35 #NMOS14

Valerie Boey ‏@vboey 4h
Raising hands in solidarity at vigil for # MichaelBrown in Orlando. #FOX35 #NMOS14

Palestine

Anonymous ‏@YourAnonLive  15m To #Ferguson, from #Palestine #MikeBrown#GazaUnderAttack #FreePalestine #handsup #OpFerguson #Anonymous

Anonymous ‏@YourAnonLive 15m
To #Ferguson, from #Palestine #MikeBrown#GazaUnderAttack #FreePalestine #handsup #OpFerguson #Anonymous

Pittsburgh, PA

Jasiri X ‏@jasiri_x  2h Hands up, don't shoot #Pittsburgh #nmos14 http://instagram.com/p/ruHr6LurSs/

Jasiri X ‏@jasiri_x 2h
Hands up, don’t shoot #Pittsburgh #nmos14 http://instagram.com/p/ruHr6LurSs/

Portland, OR

KGW News ‏@KGWNews  3h Hundreds attend Portland vigil for victims of police brutality http://bit.ly/1t4NOfl  #NMOS14

KGW News ‏@KGWNews 3h
Hundreds attend Portland vigil for victims of police brutality http://bit.ly/1t4NOfl #NMOS14

Providence, RI

Copwatch ‏@Copwatch  15m RT @CharlotteAbotsi: #PROVIDENCE #NMOS14

Copwatch ‏@Copwatch 15m
RT @CharlotteAbotsi: #PROVIDENCE #NMOS14

Anonymous ‏@YourAnonLive  2h Providence, Rhode Island #MikeBrown #Ferguson #OpFerguson

Anonymous ‏@YourAnonLive 2h
Providence, Rhode Island #MikeBrown #Ferguson #OpFerguson

Richmond, VA

 

DL3 ‏@Davidacosta1980  25m @YourAnonCentral @YourAnonLive this was Richmond VA tonight.

DL3 ‏@Davidacosta1980 25m
@YourAnonCentral @YourAnonLive this was Richmond VA tonight.

San Diego, CA

Copwatch ‏@Copwatch  10m RT @LisaBolekaja: My San Diego people came out! #NMOS14

Copwatch ‏@Copwatch 10m
RT @LisaBolekaja: My San Diego people came out! #NMOS14

Santa Rosa, CA

Darwin BondGraham ‏@DarwinBondGraha  1h #NMOS2014 in Santa Rosa, California, protesters gather to speak out against police brutality and militarization. pic.twitter.com/xZmms61Q2s

Darwin BondGraham ‏@DarwinBondGraha 1h
#NMOS2014 in Santa Rosa, California, protesters gather to speak out against police brutality and militarization. pic.twitter.com/xZmms61Q2s

Seattle, WA

Joshua Trujillo ‏@joshtrujillo  3h Lots of emotion here at #Seattle moment of silence against police brutality. #Ferguson #MikeBrown #NMOS14

Joshua Trujillo ‏@joshtrujillo 3h
Lots of emotion here at #Seattle moment of silence against police brutality. #Ferguson #MikeBrown #NMOS14

St. Louis, MO

Melvin Mccray ‏@SPIKEMEL25 Indianapolis is standing up for justice.  #Ferguson #MikeBrown #nmos14 #indy #dontshoot pic.twitter.com/VkCk07A48a

Melvin Mccray
‏@SPIKEMEL25
Indianapolis is standing up for justice. #Ferguson #MikeBrown #nmos14 #indy #dontshoot pic.twitter.com/VkCk07A48a