Photograph courtesy of Rachel Woods It was pure activism in motion. The call went out and thousands came to have their voices heard by those in power. This past weekend, several ACLU of Ohio staffers traveled to Washington D.C., to participate in the National March Against Police Violence, sponsored by the National Action Network. The event, in addition to other marches and protests in New York City, Chicago, Oakland, and across the nation, was in response to lack of grand jury indictments in the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, as well as the deaths of Ohio natives John Crawford, Tanisha Anderson, and Tamir Rice, just to name a few.
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Our small but passionate group of protestors included: Freda Levenson, legal director; Drew Dennis, staff attorney; Tim Cable, legal assistant; Ellen Kubit, program associate; and Rachel Woods, ACLU friend and event photographer. We arrived at Freedom Plaza around 10 a.m. to help pass out signs and "Know Your Rights" protests cards.march, featuring speeches made by the Rev. Al Sharpton and Pamela Meanes, president of the National Bar Association, began around noon and lasted for almost 4 hours. The march route, beginning at Freedom Plaza and ending at a stage near Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rdStreet, NW, was nearly 1 mile long, packed with an estimate of 10,000 people—young and old, black and white, man and woman, and everyone in between. Also in attendance was notable free speech activist Mary Beth Tinker, who created and wore a “stop police violence” armband.