#BlackLivesMatter Comes to Cambridge

#BlackLivesMatter Comes to Cambridge

In solidarity with protestors in Ferguson, organizers protested Black Friday in Cambridge

  • Posted on: 29 November 2014
  • By: ajustine

On Friday, November 28, local organizers with Black Lives Matter Boston brought the protest to Cambridge. In partnership with nationwide boycotts of Black Friday shopping, Black Lives Matter Boston demonstrated first in front of the Prudential Center and around Newbury street. Next, organizers and protestors moved to the CambridgeSide Galleria mall. First outside of the mall, folks then moved inside with banners, posters, and peaceful chants. The Facebook event described the aims of the demonstration as such: "#BoycottBlackFriday because we cannot continue to prioritize profit above black lives." Protestors marched through all three floors of the mall with chants of "Black Lives Matter," "No Justice, No Peace," reverberating throughout the crowded building. Dozens of shoppers and folks in/around the mall joined in the protest. The demonstration concluded the action with a 4.5 minute moment of silence to honor Mike Brown and in recognition of the the 4.5 hours his body was left in the street in Ferguson. Observers throughout the crowd in the food court joined in, putting their hands in the air in the iconic "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" pose that has been witnessed in protests across the world.

For more information on the local protests, see @BLM_Boston and the Facebook event page for Friday's protest. More photos have been posted there since the event. To read more about the nationwide protests, see the hashtags #NotOneDime, #BlackOutBlackFriday, #BlackLivesMatter, the No Indictment Planning document, and Black Lives Matter. For more information about the excessive police force and violence used against protestors in Boston on Tuesday, November 25, please see: #indictboston and the Twitter feed of @BLM_Boston and its supporters.

Here is a Storify with a few tweeted photos from #BlackOutBlackFriday. While marching, it was difficult to get photos that showed the extent of the crowd and our impact, so please check out the related event hashtags and the photos taken from other protestors.

Comments

Thank you very much, Anna. I look forward to your coverage of events that matter to us all. Stay safe, stay peaceful.

Thank you very much, Anna. I look forward to your coverage of events that matter to us all. Stay safe, stay peaceful.

Good job Anna. Thanks.
Mary Holbrow