In an innovative twist on sit-in-style demonstrations, protesters and activists entered into several eateries and businesses in New York City and Oakland, Calif., on Sunday in what is being dubbed as the “Black Brunch” protest.
“Black Brunch” protesters called the movement “Black Brunch” and aimed to disrupt brunch meals as they were served at targeted restaurants in NYC and Oakland.
Once inside businesses, demonstrators ‘disrupted’ customers meals by reading the names of African-Americans killed by police, including Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
“Every 28 hours, a black person in America is killed by the police.” “These are our brothers and sisters. Today and every day, we honor their lives,” said Black Brunch protesters during sit-in’s.
According to Yahoo! News, in each restaurant, they also asked diners to stand and raise their fists in the air ‘for black life.’
“The strategy of Black Brunch is simple: to stop business as usual in mostly white upscale neighborhoods by going into restaurants and stores and reading the names of Black people who have been killed by police or vigilantes.” “The small inconvenience felt while we disrupted businesses pales in comparison to the nightmarish reality of being Black in America.”
The peaceful yet powerful sit-in demonstration disrupted meals at popular midtown restaurants, including Lallisse, Maialino and Pershing Square — eateries protesters identified as predominantly “white spaces.”
In Oakland, Black Brunch protesters demonstrated outside of Oakland police headquarters and Berkeley’s upscale Fourth Street shopping district.
There were no reports of arrests.
“What were sit in in the 60s but disrupting business as usual?” “Then and now we can’t let people ignore an unjust system.” — Twitter handle @BlackBrunchNYC.
— DAS RACIST (@dasracist) January 4, 2015
— BlackBrunchNYC (@BlackBrunchNYC) January 4, 2015
— Sharmin Ultra (@sharminultraa) January 4, 2015
— BGD (@BlackGirlDanger) January 4, 2015
— Graph/Haley Massara (@BylineGraph) January 3, 2015