Demonstrators are expected to gather in Boston on Tuesday evening to honor Mike Brown’s life and show solidarity with the protests in Ferguson.
The Facebook event “#JusticeforMikeBrown Boston” asks people to come to the U.S. Federal District Courthouse from 5 to 7 p.m. as a “call for national policies to end police violence.” As of Tuesday at 3:20, 340 people had RSVP’d that they would attend.
The event is a response to the protests and calls for change coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, after a white policeman shot and killed Mike Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.
“In honor of Mike Brown’s life and the lives of many other Black men and women brutalized and killed by excessive police force, today’s demonstration will focus on grieving the lives lost, the pursuit of justice, and insistence on concrete change,” the Facebook event description says. Organizers also stressed that the gathering would focus on peaceful expression and “does not include acts of civil disobedience, violence, or retaliation.”
Officer Rachel McGuire of the Boston Police Department told Boston.com that police were aware of the demonstration and would monitor it. She noted that Boston’s previous gatherings in honor of Ferguson have not had issues.
The event is one of many New England-area demonstrations planned for Tuesday by HandsUpUnited.org, a group dedicated to “expos[ing] the ongoing crisis of police-on-black crime.” Similar events will take place tonight in Concord, NH; Northampton, MA; Portland, ME; and Burlington, VT.
The Boston demonstration comes less than two weeks after hundreds gathered on Boston Common to honor Mike Brown’s life and stand in solidarity with protestors in Ferguson.
“I’m out here to let the people in Ferguson know that we’re here,” one demonstrator, Tanisha Milton, told The Boston Globe that night. “The people in Boston care.”
On August 16, between 100 and 200 people marched from Copley Square to Boston Police Department headquarters to protest the shooting and the broader racial and police issues it has brought up.