TIMES SQUARE — Protesters walked from Herald Square to Times Square early Friday afternoon, urging shoppers to use their purchasing power to fight social injustices that they said led to the killing of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Akai Gurley.
"It's time for people to realize that our dollars are fueling a lot of our social injustice,” said Arielle Newton, a chief innovation officer with Rockaway Youth Task Force, one of organizations coordinating Friday’s protest.
“[This protest] is about justice and economic power," Newton, 23, said.
Dozens of protesters held signs that read “Racism Kills,” “Justice for Eric Garner and Michael Brown,” and “Out of stores,” as they protested across from Macy’s in Herald Square.
"Boycotting Black Friday is a first step to bringing awareness and political change" said Emma Ploskin, 21, a student at New York University who came to the protest with her sister and her father.
Protesters then headed to Times Square, walking through traffic and in front of stunned shoppers and tourists.
“We will stand for our brothers and sisters. This is not about white versus black, it's about right versus wrong,” said Dominique Sharpton, Al Sharpton’s 28-year-old daughter who was protesting with other National Action Network members.