Wednesday, November 26, 2014

KY Protests Draw Hundreds in Solidarity With Ferguson

Hundreds in Lexington, and hundreds more in Louisville.  For Kentucky, that's a big turnout.

Karla Ward at the Herald:

There are 340 miles between Lexington and Ferguson, Mo., but a crowd of about 200 demonstrators marched downtown Tuesday night to show their solidarity with protesters there.

The peaceful but impassioned group chanted while walking down North Limestone past the federal and county courthouses, then turned onto Main Street and marched past the police station and back to the courthouse plaza.

There, speakers deplored the death of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, and a St. Louis County grand jury's decision Monday night not to indict Wilson.

"The goal is to let people in Ferguson know that injustice is not just there in Ferguson," said Lamin Swann, who helped organize the event through Stop Mass Incarceration Network KY. "They're not alone. We're here to support them."

He said "systemic institutional injustice, discrimination" was a problem throughout the nation.
Most of the marchers were young adults, many of whom identified themselves with the University of Kentucky and Berea College.

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