- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Black congressional staffers are planning to walk out of their jobs Thursday to gather on the U.S. Capitol steps in protest of grand jury decisions in the Eric Garner and Mike Brown cases.

“Black staffers on Capitol Hill wanted to do something in support of ongoing national and global protests against police aggression,” an organizer told The Daily Beast, speaking on background because the event hadn’t been announced. “Many of us felt we needed to stand with others who were taking on the issue of police abuse and do it here, where we work, even though not all of us have had that same experience, personally. Everyone I talked to has known someone who’s been directly impacted.

“As black staffers on Capitol Hill, we saw a stark disconnect,” the organizer said. “While we hold education credentials and broad access in the overall political system, often when we walk outside, we contend with the fact that we are seen as dangerous, merely because of the color of our skin.”

The Congressional Black Associates, Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus, the Brooke-Revels Society, the Congressional African Staff Association, and the African American Women on the Hill Network are helping to organize the protest as a “show of unity and solidarity… to stand shoulder to shoulder with other peaceful demonstrations,” The Daily Beast reported.

Protesters plan to gather Thursday at 3:30 p.m. on the steps in front of the U.S. House of Representatives, the report said.

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