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Published on Aug 14, 2014
#NMOS14 National Moment of Silence New Orleans, Louisiana August 14, 2014
A nonviolent vigil held in solidarity with the Ferguson, Missouri, protests to honor the memory of Michael Brown and all other victims of police brutality and vigilantism.
Organized via Twitter and other social media by @FeministaJones, #NMOS14 prompted vigils nationwide.
Approximately 200-plus people participated at Lafayette Square on St. Charles Avenue.
The young woman speaking in the video is a Dillard University student named Chanelle Bryonne aka @WhatTheNelle_12 on Twitter.
According to her T-shirt, she is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Names read during the moment of silence included Mike Brown, Eric Gardner, Wendell Allen, James Brisette, Henry Glover, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Ronald Madison Patrick Dorismond, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Kimani Gray, Renisha McBride, and too many more called to "rest in power."
Shanelle also said that young people like her are said to be apathetic and not to care, but the young people at the vigil should show the world that they do care.
She said that police brutality and vigilantism is not only a Black problem, but everyone's problem.
And as a sign-up sheet was passed around, she added that it's important to mobilize to reduce other acts of violence in New Orleans. Too many bodies on our streets.
We never know how near we are to those touched by violence. During the vigil, next to me stood Emily, the young woman with the sign.
Emily lives in New Orleans and is Michael Brown's cousin.
Her sign says: "Be angry. Be outraged. Don't be distracted.
This video was posted by the Whose Shoes Are These Anyway blog and Her411.com