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jessica tholmer
December 30, 2017 10:01 am

It’s sad news today. We’re devastated to report that social justice activist Erica Garner has died at the age of 27. After her father Eric Garner was killed in Staten Island by members of the New York Police Department in July of 2014, Erica was outspoken about the changes we need to make in our country.

Following the grand jury’s decision not to indict the policemen who killed her father, there were signs and protests all around New York and the rest of the country calling for change. Erica Garner staged many powerful protests, including a “die-in” at the very spot where her father was killed. She spent the last three years fighting for his life and memory.

Eric Garner’s death came at a time when many people were waking up about the realities of police brutality. Cops have killed innocent Black people in our country for decades. However, after the murders of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, something shifted. People started to pay attention. Everyone from the very famous to the protesters in the streets wore shirts and carried signs bearing the phrase “I can’t breathe,” which were Eric Garner’s last words.

Erica Garner suffered cardiac arrest on Christmas Eve and passed away on the morning of December 30th. Her family confirmed the tragic news on Twitter.

Erica Garner was a powerful force, and her memory will live on.

She transformed her grief over the loss of her father into something that changed the world.

Erica Garner was a force. She is gone way, way too soon.

Rest in peace, Erica.

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