feature: congressional staff members stage walk out against police violence and racism

December 12, 2014

In support of the growing protests against the non indictments in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, dozens of congressional staff members staged a walk out yesterday. The sign of solidarity against police violence and institutionalize racism took place at 3.30pm and saw staff members step out on to Capitol Hill and raise their hands in to the “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot” pose – the pose which has come to symbolize this civil rights movement in the way the black fist did for the black panther movement. The planned response was led by the Congressional Black Associates, and even members of Congress were seen on the steps (including Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas). Something which was great visible – and visible among all the protests since Mike Brown’s death – was the support of non-blacks, with members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association and the Congressional Hispanic Staff stood on the steps in Solidarity.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor