From Los Angeles to New York, people across the country participated in a simultaneous walkout in solidarity for Ferguson. Hands Up! Walk Out!, in sequence with the #ShutItDown actions, which blocked major highways and intersections and the #BlackoutBlackFriday protests, was part of a Ferguson action to provoke change.
Thousands of people poured into the streets of America as they walked out of classes and off the job at 1:01 EST to support the Ferguson protests against the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9. And the protesters' message was clear: "We can no longer do what we have always done and cooperate with a system that does not respect black lives."
The campaign was organized by Ferguson Action, a civil disobedience group, and took place on the fifty-ninth anniversary of Rosa Park's arrest.
While many communities across the country have been effected by police brutality and violence in recent years, America is demanding change as they continue to show strong opposition after the announcement was made not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Brown.
"We will only get the change we want if we disrupt the daily order and insists that Black Lives Matter," according to a statement from Ferguson Action. "If that means shutting down the entire country, that’s what we’ll do."
To see the nationwide walk out, follow the #HandsUpWalkOut hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.