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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Discussion on solidarity following Ferguson to be held at Arab American National Museum tonight

Posted By on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

  • Via Arab American National Museum's Facebook

Take On Hate, self-described as a grassroots campaign to combat prejudices against the Arab community, will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. tonight inside the Arab American National Museum to discuss how to respond to the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City. 

At the meeting, experts and community members will hold a discussion on "Black and Arab solidarity in light of recent events," according to an advance flyer. At the same time, followers can join a conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WhereIsTheSolidarity.

Activists in Detroit have staged demonstrations over the last few weeks following the decision by a Staten Island grand jury to not indict a white police officer who placed 43-year-old Eric Garner in a chokehold, which resulted in Garner's death — and a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury's similar decision for a white police officer who fatally shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

A "die-in" was held at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit earlier this week, after the decision in Staten Island to not indict 29-year-old Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who locked Garner in a chokehold, a decision the medical examiner cited as part of the reason he died. Garner, who is black, died shortly after the altercation with several police officers who tried arresting him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.

The Arab American National Museum is located at 13624 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn.

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