Broadway for Justice Launches in Support of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and an End to Police Brutality

Broadway for Justice is a new campaign to bring the Broadway community together to share messages of support and peace in the light of recent tragedies in our country and our city. The movement was created in response to the recent deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of police officers in New York City and Ferguson, MO.

Eric Garner died after being placed in an illegal chokehold by officer Daniel Pantaleo during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island. He died due to compression of the throat and chest and his death was ruled a homicide. Protests erupted in the city and across the country after the Grand Jury chose not to indict the officer who killed him. Michael Brown was shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. He was unarmed and retreating when he was killed and there have been demonstrations in the wake of his death daily since it happened.

The website, which began its efforts earlier this week, has been amassing support in the theatre community on Twitter from performers like Celia Keenan-Bolger, N'Kenge, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Lauren Molina, Chris Sullivan, Bobby Cronin, Rebecca LaChance, Stephanie J. Block, Morgan James, Rachel Potter, Jessica Keenan-Wynn, Marla Mindelle, Jose Llana and more. New York has always been welcoming to the Broadway community and Broadway for Justice seeks to give back to the city that has been a home for theater for so long.

The campaign asks members of the theater community to submit photos of themselves with messages of support to the blog, broadwayforjustice.tumblr.com, or on Twitter at twitter.com/BroadwayJustice.

For more information, or to submit a photo of your own, contact broadwayforjustice@gmail.com.



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