Weekend Rallies for Social Justice

From New York City to the nation's capital, Washington D.C., protesters converged on major cities this weekend demanding justice and an end to police brutality.

ESSENCE.COM Dec, 12, 2014

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A demonstrator with a shirt painted 'Fight the Power' stands before a crowd of other demonstrators during the 'Justice For All' march in Washington, D.C. Thousands of people descended on Washington to demand justice on Saturday for Black men who have died at the hands of police, the latest in weeks of demonstrations across the United States.

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Thousands take part in the 'Justice for All' March and Rally on Pennsylvania Avenue to the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. to protest the killings of unarmed African Americans by police officers and the decisions by grand juries to not indict them.

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Reverend Al Sharpton and Lesley McSpadden, mother of Ferguson shooting victim Michael Brown, lead the 'Justice For All' march in Washington, D.C. Thousands of people descended on Washington to demand justice Saturday for Black men who have died at the hands of police, the latest in weeks of demonstrations across the United States.

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Film director Spike Lee holds a US flag as thousands take part in the Justice for All March and Rally down Pennsylvania Avenue through downtown Washington, D.C. to protest the killings of unarmed African Americans by police officers and the decisions by grand juries to not indict them.

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People listen as activists rally during the 'Justice For All' march in Washington, D.C. Thousands of people descended on Washington to demand justice Saturday for Black men who have died at the hands of police, the latest in weeks of demonstrations across the United States.

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Demonstrators chant during the 'Justice For All' march in Washington, D.C. Thousands of people descended on Washington to demand justice Saturday for Black men who have died at the hands of police, the latest in weeks of demonstrations across the United States.

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A woman listens to a rally with her mouth taped shut during the 'Justice For All' march in Washington, D.C. Thousands of people descended on Washington to demand justice Saturday for Black men who have died at the hands of police, the latest in weeks of demonstrations across the United States.

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Thousands take part in the 'Justice for All' March and Rally down Pennsylvania Avenue through downtown Washington, D.C. to protest the killings of unarmed African Americans by police officers and the decisions by grand juries to not indict them.

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Lesley McSpadden, mother of police shooting victim Michael Brown helps lead the 'Justice For All' rally and march against police brutality and the killing of unarmed black men by police in the nation's capital in Washington, D.C. Organized by Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, this march and others like it across the country aim to tell Congress and the country that demonstrators will not stand down until there is systemic change, accountability and justice in cases of police misconduct. Sharpton said the demonstration is happening in Washington 'because all over the country we all need to come together and demand this Congress deal with the issues, that we need laws to protect the citizens in these states from these state grand jurors.'

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Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo; Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin; Samaira Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice; Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown Jr; Esaw Garner, the widow of Eric Garner; and Rev. Al Sharpton address the 'Justice For All' march and rally in the nation's capital in Washington, D.C. Organized by Sharpton's National Action Network, this march and others like it across the country aim to tell Congress and the country that demonstrators will not stand down until there is systemic change, accountability and justice in cases of police misconduct. Sharpton said the demonstration is happening in Washington 'because all over the country we all need to come together and demand this Congress deal with the issues, that we need laws to protect the citizens in these states from these state grand jurors.'

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Michael Brown Sr., the father of Ferguson shooting victim Michael Brown, stands with others during the 'Justice For All' march in Washington, D.C. Thousands of people descended on Washington to demand justice Saturday for black men who have died at the hands of white police, the latest in weeks of demonstrations across the United States.

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A man is wrapped in chains as people march in the National March Against Police Violence, which was organized by National Action Network, through the streets of Manhattan in New York City. The march coincided with a march in Washington D.C. and comes on the heels of two grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men.

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Protesters march on 5th Avenue during the Millions March NYC in New York. Thousands of people marched in Washington and New York on Saturday to demand justice for Black men who have died at the hands of police, the latest in weeks of demonstrations across the United States.

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People march in the National March Against Police Violence, which was organized by National Action Network, through the streets of Manhattan in New York City. The march coincided with a march in Washington D.C. and comes on the heels of two grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men.

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