The Reverend Al Sharpton announced the "shopping for justice" protest march he's been talking about since the shooting of Sean Bell, Joseph Guzman, and Trent Benefield by the police.
"Many will be shopping for trinkets and toys. We will be shopping for justice and making a moral appeal to this city and this nation. The fact that we are going on probably the most visible street in the world tomorrow, you don't have to talk to be heard. You just got to show up."
The silent protest march will take place tomorrow starting at noon, with marchers meeting at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. That's a quite a statement, two weekends before Christmas. A wheelchair-bound Benefield, as well as Bell's fiancee Nicole Paultre and four year old daughter, and Abner Louima are expected to march. And since teachers union head Randi Weingarten was at the press conference today, we expect she'll be there, too.
WABC 7 reports that organizers say "the next step will be civil disobedience" if there is no change. We think the change refers to NYPD policy, so the future looks bright for civil disobedience to come.
Update: Time's Up is joining the protest, which seems to be called "March for Justice against Police Brutality":
12:00 PM at Madison Square Park South OR
12:00 PM at NW corner of 59th and 5th Avenue
Both Rides will converge at the March
**For location of contingent ride throughout the day call 917.494.8164
New York, NY (December 15, 2006) - The March for Justice against Police Brutality will protest the injustice against Sean Bell, who was shot and killed in a hail of 50 gunshots by NYC Police Officers. It also demands an immediate review of the practices of the New York City Police Department.
Time’s Up! Bike & Skate Contingency will lend their support to the Coalition on Police Reform. They will ride with the march to add their voice to the outcry against the NYPD’s use of excessive force and the deployment of plainclothes and undercover police officers for questionable purposes.
Photograph of the Reverend Al Sharpton, with United Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, outside City Hall today by Adam Rountree/AP