Breonna Taylor: Activists Call for a Strike After Officers Avoid Charges in Fatal Shooting

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Activists across the country are planning to strike on Sept. 29 to stand in solidarity with Breonna Taylor just a few days after the officers involved in her death escaped charges.

The Gathering for Justice, a social justice organization based in New York City, announced in a press release on Sept. 27 that activists across the country would participate in the strike, known as “A Day Without Black Womxn: General Strike for Breonna Taylor.” The organization is calling for a day of action by wearing Taylor’s favorite color, purple, striking from work, using a custom Zoom background for meetings, staging a walk-out and more.

Other organizations participating in the strike include Until Freedom, National Action Network, Justice League NYC and many others.

“Breonna Taylor, who was killed by Louisville Police in March, was an EMT–an “essential worker” during a time of quarantine. Tuesday’s action will center Black women as essential to our economy and our equality,” the organization said in a press release sent to The North Star.

The organizers are demanding that “Breonna’s Law” be passed in all 50 states and that the BREATHE Act, which would radically change the criminal justice system by shutting down federal prisons and immigration detention centers, be passed at the federal level. The demonstrators are also calling for the pensions of police officers who have been involved in police misconduct to be stripped and to defund the police.

Protests Demanding Justice for Breonna Taylor Continue

On Sept. 23, former detective Brett Hankison was the only officer indicted by the Jefferson County grand jury in the fatal police raid at Taylor’s apartment. Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove were not indicted.

Hankison was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, which is a class D felony, according to Kentucky state law. This means the grand jury did not find him guilty of shooting into Taylor’s apartment but found him guilty of shooting into a neighboring apartment. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison for each count.

On Sept. 28, Hankison pled not guilty to three counts of wanton endangerment, USA Today reported. He was booked into the Shelby County Detention Center and was released after posting a $15,000 cash bond.

Following Hankison’s indictment, thousands of people in cities across the country who were frustrated with their city and state leaders took to the streets, demanding justice. In Louisville, Kentucky, protestors clashed with officers and 127 people were arrested.

How to Participate in The Strike

To participate in the strike, The Gathering for Justice asks the following:

1.Wear white with accents of purple, which was reportedly Taylor’s favorite color

2. If possible, do not go to work, school or spend money on Sept. 29. If you cannot do that, the organizers are asking for people to stage a walkout of work or school for 32 minutes, which represents the number of shots officers fired into Taylor’s apartment back in March.

3. If unable to stage a walkout, the organizers ask for a moment of silence for 32 minutes.

To learn about more ways to participate in the strike, click here for more information.