WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Protests were staged at schools and workplaces across the U.S. Monday afternoon as part of an organized walkout in solidarity with the residents of Ferguson, Mo.
"No more business as usual," organizers wrote on the Ferguson Action website. "We can no longer do what we have always done and cooperate with a system that does not respect black lives."
Some demonstrations involved protesters holding their hands up, like Brown allegedly did as he was shot. Others held "die-ins," laying on the ground for 4 1/12 minutes to represent the 4 1/2 hours Brown's body remained on the street after he was killed.
Last week, a grand jury declined to indict Wilson setting off renewed unrest in the St. Louis area.
Protesters around the country continued in the same themes as those that have shut down highways, disrupted Black Friday shopping and included St. Louis Rams players. Here is the full statement from Ferguson Action:
"In the wake of events in the last weeks, including the non-indictment in the killing of Mike Brown and the senseless killings of Akai Gurley in New York and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, our communities are hurting and justifiably angered. What gives us hope in this moment of pain and anguish is the thousands of people who have poured into the streets of America to demand change.
From the #ShutItDown actions that have blocked major highways and intersections to the #BlackoutBlackFriday protests,the message is clear: No more business as usual. We can no longer do what we have always done and cooperate with a system that does not respect Black Lives. We will only get the change we want if we disrupt the daily order and insists that Black Lives Matter. If that means shutting down the entire country, that's what we'll do."