NEW YORK – Organizers say they are demanding justice for the likes of Mike Brown and Eric Garner and other people of color who were killed by what they describe as excessive police force.
“Hold the police accountable,” said Lanai Daniels of the Sister Sister Collective. “If they choose to break the law, that they should be punished. If I were to steal something, I’ll be held accountable for my actions.”
The Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization and Marginalization, or “Affirm,” joined the Millions March Saturday to call attention to police violence against women.
“So we came out because one Filipina was gunned down by the police in a Virginia Costco incident and nobody has taken up her cause, and so we decided to come out here and say they killed her,” said AF3IRM NYC’s Ninotchka Rosca.
Acting in self-defense, a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed 38-year-old Fil-Am Mylene “Mhai” De Leon-Scott at a Costco outlet in Sterling, Va. last year because she allegedly charged at the deputies while holding a pizza knife and scissors.
Authorities in Loudoun County concluded that the fatal police shooting of the Pinay food sampler was justified.
“I was very outraged,” said Rosca. “I was very despondent that the community did not march, did not protest, did not set up an outrage.”
“If there’s something wrong with it then it’s up to us to change it,” said AF3IRM NYC’s Dorotea Mendoza.
Meanwhile in Washington DC, members of the Brown and Garner families led the Justice for All march at the nation’s capital.
And in Boston, Mass. dozens of protesters gathered near the state capitol building to make their voices heard.
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Umeepal na naman mga activists!!