Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Seeking Systemic Reform, Civil Rights Activists Embark on 250-Mile Justice March

Proponents of criminal justice reform began a nine-day, 250-mile march from New York City to Washington, D.C. on Monday, seeking to end racial profiling, demilitarize local police departments, and "tear down the societal and institutional pillars of mass incarceration."

The 'March 2 Justice,' spearheaded by the grassroots group Justice League NYC, started Monday morning in Staten Island, where Eric Garner was killed by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in July 2014. The Justice League, a task force of juvenile and criminal justice experts, advocates, artists, and formerly incarcerated individuals, brought together under the banner of the Gathering for Justice, a social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte in 2005, was active in organizing the protests that followed Pantaleo's non-indictment.


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