Congressional Staffers Walk Out of Work On Capitol Hill To Protest Recent Non-Indictments
Capitol Hill was the site of history today as more than 100 Congressional staffers walked out of their jobs with their hands up. The act was to protest the recent non-indictments in the cases surrounding Mike Brown and Eric Garner.
Congressional staff members staged a walkout Thursday in protest of the recent killings of black men by police officers, both of which did not result in grand jury indictments.
They were protesting the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York.
Protesters have gathered nationwide in the wake of the decisions by grand juries to clear the officers who killed both men.
The walkout comes as both chambers attempt to pass a $1.1 trillion spending measure and avoid another government shutdown.
Predominantly African-American congressional staffers stood on the steps of the Capitol and made the “Hands up, don’t shoot” gesture that has come to symbolize opposition to the non-indictments.
The walkout was organized by members of several groups dedicated to organizing congressional staff who are members of minority communities, according to CNN.
Wonder what kind of change can we expect in the laws after they walked out and if this will even have an effect on change. What do you think?