'Hands Up, Don't Shoot': A Call For Nation-Wide Action in Face of Rising 'Epidemic'

“The murders of unarmed people in our communities has reached epidemic numbers.”

This is the warning that kicks off a national call (via video) from the Dream Defenders—the group that grabbed the national media spotlight last year when its members launched protests against Stand Your Ground Laws, including by occupying the office of Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Now, to honor the lives of Mike Brown, John Crawford, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford, and others across the country who have fallen victim to deadly violence at police hands, they are calling for a national campaign—Hands Up, Don’t Shoot. “We are prisoners of a war being waged on communities of color and the poor,” states the campaign website. “We are filled to the brim with frustration, passion and anger as we stand on the frontlines. Police are literally killing our communities and we must take action.”

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The Dream Defenders are demanding, in their own words:

What does it take to work towards these goals? Watch this video to find out.

#handsup Don’t Shoot from Dream Defenders on Vimeo.