The #ShutDownCityHallNYC protest was organized by a group affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement and is demanding Brattons termination
Protesters in New York City began occupying the park next to city hall in Manhattan on Monday, declaring they would not leave until police commissioner Bill Bratton was fired.
Organized by Millions March NYC, a group affiliated with Black Lives Matter movement, the #ShutDownCityHallNYC protest has been inspired by protesters setting up encampments in public spaces in Chicago and Los Angeles to fight for the abolition of the police.
We are planning an encampment, said Nabil Hassein, a 27-year-old Millions March NYC organizer from Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Im going to stay as long as I can.
Were here to decolonialize and to liberate our territory and our land from these racist occupiers, said Vienna Rye, another organizer from Millions March NYC.
Protesters are planning to stay as long as needed whether that be days or weeks or longer. Food was already prepared, with rice and beans being cooked offsite and snacks of fresh fruit, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches available for hungry protesters. Local Starbucks and libraries were to be used as restroom facilities. A schedule has been written up for event organizers and others so they could balance paid jobs with the protests.
Organizers have specifically asked for people not to bring tents partly because during the Occupy Wall Street protests, incidents of sexual assault were reported in tents, and also because the organizers dont want people to try to claim their own individual territory.