Ferguson Protest Tonight at Civic Center Park Seeks Peace, Not Violence

A photo shared by Jo Cusick that's being used as the event image for this evening's protest. Additional pics, plus videos and more below.
A photo shared by Jo Cusick that's being used as the event image for this evening's protest. Additional pics, plus videos and more below.

Last night, as we've reported, protests in Denver following the decision of a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri not to indict a police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown were peaceful -- and that's the plan for another gathering, planned for Civic Center Park this evening. Continue for details about last night's event and the one to come, featuring photos, videos and more.

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Among the organizations taking part in protests that have been taking place nationwide is Coloradans for Justice, which tweeted images aplenty from last night's rally. Here's one example....

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Also circulated were numerous Vines made by Nurse Jo, aka Jo Cusick.

Here's one example....

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Cusick also penned a passionate account of the protest, shared below in its entirety.

The details of tonight's protest, slated to get underway at 6 p.m. at Civic Center Park, are shared on a Facebook event page. An excerpt reads:

Join us in Solidarity with Ferguson Protesters in an ongoing peaceful movement against police brutality.

Gather at 5:00 to 6:00 PM Protest officially starts at 6.

Bring:

Warm clothes: hats, gloves, scarves Snacks, enough to share if you can Water Back up cell phone chargers Protest sign (some materials will be available to make signs) Handwarmers for your pockets

and most importantly:

Your voice!!

#BlackLivesMatter #SolidaritywithFerguson

Here's a CBS4 report about last night's reaction, followed by Cusick's account.

Continue for one participant's account of last night's rally about the Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict.  

Another photo from last night's protest as shared by Jo Cusick.
Another photo from last night's protest as shared by Jo Cusick.

Facebook post by Jo Cusick:

Tonight in Denver, we paused twice, at the request of the Brown family, for 4 1/2 minutes, a symbol of the four and a half hours Michael Brown was left to lay on a hot street in August. In the middle of a protest, where noise is the norm, 4 1/2 minutes of silence leads to many thoughts. Thoughts of the death of a teenager who brought us together. Thoughts of the 12 year old boy shot for having a toy gun. Thoughts of the young man in New York shot to death because a police officer was nervous. You think a lot of things in 4 1/2 minutes.

I have always had friends of different races. It's not that I don't see color, I just don't see it as a reason to not be friends. Because I have White privilege, even as a person who grew up poor and white, and therefore hated in the South, I am not at risk of being shot on the street for reaching for my ID. I am not at risk of being shot, unarmed, as I sit in my car. The ability to live life as a series of open doors is a sign of the privilege my skin gives me.

Organizing has brought me into contact with more Black and Brown friends. It has given me an opportunity to learn more about different cultures and beliefs. It has opened my mind. It has given me insight into what is wrong in our culture. Our culture does not value the lives of men of color. Black men. Brown men. Latino. Native American. African American. Asian. Only a significant change in our culture, a change which causes White people to admit to the inequalities of a justice system heavily weighed toward centering whiteness, only de-centering whiteness can change the ever quickening spiral of death of young people of color.

This is an epidemic. Because as certainly as families are being wiped out by Ebola in Africa, the creation of families in the United States is being slowed by the epidemic of police deaths here. These are families that will never join. Children that will never grow. Lives that will never happen. And every life matters.

Tomorrow night, we will be out again at Civic Center Park, peacefully protesting the Grand Jury's decision to not indict and peacefully reminding the St Louis and Ferguson Police Departments that the nation is watching. We must do what we can to protect the protestors in Ferguson at all costs.

Tonight, in Saint Louis, people who were gathered at MoKaBe coffee shop, a long time activist supporting coffee shop, and a safe haven, were gassed indoors in order to flush them out. People inside the coffee shop were forced to flee and hope they would not be grabbed by police.

Support the Ferguson protesters who are putting their lives on the line to get the message out. Support Michael Brown's parents who have just been told their son's life wasn't even worth an indictment on the 4th, 5th, and 6th shots. Support Black people. Support Brown people. Their lives matter.

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