Members of SOS’ Direct Action Team, with members of the 21st Century Youth Leaders, held a demonstration on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in solidarity with protestors around the country who seek changes to prevent police over-reach that lead to the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and Eric Garner in New York City.
The Saturday morning protests were part of a quarterly meeting of SOS members to discuss its plans for 2015. Some notes from the meeting:
§ SOS Members took part in a “Hands Up/Don’t Shoot/I Can’t Breathe” Demonstration at the Edmund Pettus Bridge before Saturday’s work sessions began. It was a powerful experience for everyone involved. SOS members and youth laid head-to-head, hands clasped on both sides of the Bridge. Other SOS members lay across the bridge for 4+ minutes. It was an impactful event for everyone involved and is something everyone wants to continue and expand on in the future.
§ Sam Walker observed how it was fitting to launch a new movement at the Edmund Pettus Bridge because of its historic legacy there, especially on the upcoming 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march and the successful march to Montgomery that ultimately led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. So it is fitting that the “Hand’s Up/Don’t Shoot/I Can’t Breathe” Movement is also taking place at the Bridge, he said.
§ John Zippert observed that the Civil Rights Movement and Voting Rights Struggle were linked with police brutality, just as the current Ferguson and similar struggles are.