Stony Brook University students shouted “hands up, don’t shoot” as they marched through University’s Academic Mall on Wednesday, Dec. 3 to protest the grand jury ruling in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo Courtesy of Trevor Christian/ Humans of Stony Brook
By Kevin Rutigliano
Assistant News Editor
Stony Brook University students marched toward the Student Activities Center on Wednesday, Dec. 3 to protest the grand jury ruling not to indict Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson. Students of all races and ethnicities proceeded down Academic Mall from the fountain outside the Academic Building to express their discontent on the national uproar.
The protests were led by Randy Ferguson, a junior studying economics.
“We are not just here only to just focus on the crimes done to the minority race, but on the crimes done to individuals in our societies who have been a victim of police aggression and brutality,” Ferguson said.
Students from a variety of majors and ages joined in the protests. Protestors gathered in front of the Student Activity Center Plaza and proceeded to march around the academic mall at 1 p.m.
Sam Shirazi, a first-year Ph.D student studying philosophy, decided to take part in the protest in order to bring attention to injustices in the United States.
“It’s important to show solidarity with struggles all across the world,” Shirazi said. “Especially when the struggles are based on systemic racism.”
Shirazi added that it was important to demonstrate here in Long Island.
“It is a huge problem in our country that is not discussed very often,” Shirazi said. “I think we need to draw attention to this.”
Rita Garrettson, a student studying economics, also expressed the same sentiments.
“It is important to bring attention to these issues and show solidarity towards those who are victims,” Garrettson said.
The students marched around the academic mall twice. The first time in silence. As they lapped the SAC, students chanted “No justice, no peace,” and other saying that resonate with the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
The students then gathered in the SAC plaza in the pouring rain at the finale of the protest were the names of other victims of police shootings were read aloud. Protesters knelt in the “Hands up don’t shoot” position for five minutes during the reading.
At the conclusion of the protest Randy Ferguson reminded participants that the for society to change, students have to be the agents of change.
“Remember the change starts with you,” Ferguson said. “Each and every one of you together can make a difference. We are changing this right now each and every one of us.”
Videography by Staff Writer Julio Avila