Judgement Day: A Reflection on the “Millions March” Against Police Brutality

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On December 13, 2014, up to 50,000 people participated in New York City’s “Millions March” by taking the streets against the injustices committed by the police. I, myself, found this march to be a monumental event – an historical testament to the death of “Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, and for all those innocent people of color killed by the misuse of police force.

As I marched from Washington Square Park toward Foley Square, in the direction of the Brooklyn Bridge, I too had an incredible sense of empowerment. I immediately realized as I marched, I was becoming part of history, being part of a social event of the masses. I was witnessing mothers and fathers bring their children in the middle of it all; chanting in solidarity with thousands of other individuals in NYC. At that moment, it was the most beautiful image, which I will never forget.

This was an event that illuminated the importance of “community” and “solidarity” across the Boricua Diaspora and opening a necessary dialogue on excessive police force and racial discrimination against Black/ Latina/o lives in our own communities. More importantly, this event made sure the voices of the people were heard, who chanted powerful phrases like “No Justice, No Peace”, “I Can’t Breathe”, “Black Lives Matter”, and “Don’t Shoot”. In the end, what this event did was bring people together, creating a solid stance of unity, power, and struggle.

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Gabriel José Maldonado

Poet, Gabriel José Maldonado (also known as Neo-Literato) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate student at Bank Street College of Education, where he majors in Museum Education. In his spare time, he loves writing poetry and taking photos throughout his travels. In the future, he intends to pursue a career in preserving Hispanic and Latina/o cultures, because being Puerto Rican has made him proud to spread our culture through the arts. 

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