Black students at UC Berkeley staged a four and a half hour sit-in on campus Thursday to protest the extrajudicial killings of black men. The duration of the protest was a symbolic nod to the amount of time Mike Brown’s lifeless body lay in a Ferguson street in August.
According to Eater:
Around noon [on Thursday], the group blockaded The Golden Bear, one of Cal’s more popular spots for breakfast and lunch, tweeting that "No one eats until we get justice!" Surrounded by a 300-person crowd of sympathetic fellow students and community members, the students spoke out against the verdicts and a larger culture of systematic discrimination and violence by the police against the black community.
The students have continued their protest throughout the afternoon, demanding demilitarization of law enforcement, a national "End Racial Profiling" act, and investigation of the criminalization of communities of color.
Uplifting the National Demands!!! #BlackLivesMatter #Ferguson2Cal #ItEndsToday pic.twitter.com/CjWTEWGpBJ
— BlackOUT Collective (@blackoutcollect) December 4, 2014
The Golden Bear Cafe will be shut down for 4.5 hours #Ferguson2cal pic.twitter.com/DzdQecbp0L
— BLAKE (@B_A_Simons) December 4, 2014