“No Justice, No Peace”
On October 22, Ohio University students, faculty and representatives marched through College Green and around campus to show solidarity with racially-fueled controversies around the United States. The event was an extension of Hands Up United, a group dedicated to stopping police brutality, especially that aimed at the black community. Written by Sage Foote. Photos by Nick Oatley.
Fliers posted around campus encouraged students and faculty to participate in the Hands Up Walk Out demonstration on Oct. 22 at 12:01 p.m. The collective was catalyzed by the shooting of the black, unarmed teenager Mike Brown in August in Ferguson, Mo. by a police officer. Students left their classrooms at this time in effort to publicize and oust acts of police brutality.
Ohio students traveled to Ferguson over the summer to participate in the protests against modern forms of racism and brought the movement to Athens. Junior Ryant Taylor, one of the students who had traveled to Ferguson, seen above in a “HANDS UP DON’T SHOOT” bandana, represented the lives of those lost by police brutality fueled by fear and intolerance.
After dancing, students like Taylor (above) spoke. The crowd surrounded the Washington Monument and listened intently. Select representatives shared anger and emotion, reiterating that the people can speak out and make change.
Representatives from the Ohio Student Association and the Committee for Justice in Palestine spoke, encouraging people who gathered not just to let the issue rest. They exclaimed that this was just the beginning, amping up the crowd and leading into the march.
The crowd began chanting, “No justice, no peace, no racist police,” and “Ain’t no power like the power of the people, ’cause the power of the people don’t stop.” Chants such as “Black lives matter,” fueled the march as well.
Participants holding banners that read, “#HandsUpWalkOut,” “RESPECT EXISTENCE OR EXPECT RESISTANCE” and “I AM… Trayvon Martin,” passed Baker Center during their march on Oct. 22. Names of black youth such as Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, who have become icons in racially-fueled cases in the United States, were prevalent on the banners.