Report Back: Miami Black Lives Matter Mobilizations, NGO’s & Constructing a Movement
By Members of One Struggle
Across the nation and the world, protests, blockades, and demonstrations are proliferating in response to the non-indictment of police officers involved in the murders of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. People are mobilizing, demanding justice and proclaiming that the system be indicted.
Miami – Friday, December 5th – Activists and organizers from a number of social justice non-profits organized a demonstration in the heart of Wynwood, a gentrified part of Miami; home to upscale art galleries, restaurants, and shops. The event aimed to highlight state violence not only in Ferguson and New York, but here in Miami as well. Last year, a young graffiti artist – Israel Hernandez – was tazed to death by police officers over tagging an abandoned McDonald’s in Miami Beach. The demonstration was a vigil for Israel “Reefa” Hernandez, Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Miamians who have lost their lives to police brutality. The event coincided with the start of Art Basel, a yearly art festival designed for artists and art buyers of the bourgeoisie.
The vigil shifted into a march down NW 36th Street and headed towards interstate 195. From North Miami Ave we left the street and headed up the highway exit ramp. In solidarity with mobilizations across the country, marchers formed a blockade, shutting down traffic in both directions. People linked arms across lanes, chanted, and held their ground. Traffic to and from Miami Beach was paralyzed. After blocking east and west bound traffic, we took up all the eastbound lanes and continued to march, stopping again before exiting to Biscayne Blvd. Off the highway, we shut down traffic and intersections moving past the Midtown Mall to the main street of Wynwood – NW 2nd Avenue – a hotspot for Art Basel Events. Continue reading