Scientists at the University of Washington Say: Police Murder of Black People Must Stop

December 23, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper |


From a reader:

On Thursday, December 18, scientists at the University of Washington in Seattle acted to oppose the murder of Black people by police. The call for this action said:

"As some of you may have heard, medical students around the country have joined in protests to demand justice for Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others killed by police. They have gathered with white coats, taking pictures of this to show their support, doing die-ins, etc.

UW scientists say "Hands Up, Don't Shoot"

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"Inspired by this, some of us got together and called for scientists we work with at University of Washington to wear white coats, bring signs with sentiments, etc., and raise our hands to say 'Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,' in what has become a universal gesture that Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter, and that this police brutality and murder must stop. We will take a picture of this to tweet and spread on social media to let it be broadly known that people who work in the sciences are also taking a stand on this issue. People participating wanted to do a larger event in January when people are back from holidays and word can be gotten out more broadly."

(FYI, the number "43" being held up by one of the people in the photo refers to students at the Ayotzinapa teachers college in Guerrero, Mexico, who were disappeared in an assault by police and narcotics gangs.)

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