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96 Hours of protests start with Black Lives Matter actions in SF, Oakland

1/16/2015, 48hills

The protest made visible the diversity of non-black people of color supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement that has arisen in the wake of the police killings of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and other unarmed black men and women. Protesters wore signs identifying themselves as Arab, Filipino, Latino, Korean, Chinese, Palestinian, South Asian, and other ethnicities “for black resistance.”

Rhonda Ramiro, a Filipina activist from Oakland, said that today’s protest shows the connection between the oppression of black people in the US and other people of color. “The wealth accumulated through the enslavement of Black people in the US enabled the US to go around the world and colonize countries like the Philippines,” she said. “We see our struggle for independence as linked 100 percent with the struggle for self-determination for black people.”