For Immediate Release

MSU Students and Community Drop Banners, March to End Police Brutality

Showing Solidarity with the Community of Ferguson, Missouri

East Lansing, MI, October 22, 2014: This morning a series of banners were dropped across the campus of Michigan State University. At approximately 10:00 A.M. a banner was dropped from Bessey Hall, and then at 12:00 P.M. two more banners were dropped, one from Wells Hall and one from the CATA bus station. The banners read, respectively, “Indict Darren Wilson”, “Solidarity from Ferguson to Palestine”, and “Student Power is Back, Join the Global Movement.” Darren Wilson is the police officer from Ferguson, Missouri who shot Michael Brown, a Black 18 year old. The banner that references Palestine likely a nod of the head to the tweets that were sent from the Gaza strip while it was being attacked by the Israeli military to protesters in Ferguson lending advice on how to effectively cope with tear gas attacks. All three banners were very sizeable, and the one dropped from the CATA station stretched about 30 feet across. No one has claimed responsibility for the banner drops.

Later in the day, a coalition of Michigan State University students, professors, workers and community members are marching on the East Lansing Police Department Wednesday, October 22nd. They are departing from Beaumont Tower at 3 P.M. The Coalition consists of the Black Student Alliance, the North American Indigenous Student Organization, Graduate Employees Union, MSU Students United, Students for Justice in Palestine, and United Students Against Sweatshops. They are marching in solidarity with the community of Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the police violence against the Black community and the subsequent vicious repression of peaceful protests. They are demanding greater community oversight of the East Lansing Police. They are also demanding more accountability and transparency from the local police force. The marchers will remain peaceful during this action. The march is part of a national day of action called for by the residents of Ferguson as well as by he October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.

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