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Jacksonville to join National Day of Protest

6:36 AM, Oct 22, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Demonstrators across the country are expected gather Tuesday for the 18th annual National Day of Protest.

The event began after conversations between activists about what they called an "intensifying nationwide epidemic of police brutality."

More than 40 U.S. cities participated in the first National Day of Protest in 1996.

The events consisted of cultural events, demonstrations and other forms of protests.

October 22 carries significance only because it was the date of the first event.

Organizers have decided to keep the same date because they say college students are back at school and it falls before elections.

Today, the National Day of Protest has grown to include even more cities, but maintains the same goal of highlighting what supporters say is police brutality and criminalization of a generation.

A Facebook page is set up, promoting a protest at Hemming Plaza in downtown Jacksonville.

According to the page, protestors will gather from 4 to 6 p.m.

The page specifically notes the recent shooting deaths of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis.

The page says Tuesday is a "national day to wear hoodies and all black exercising a right to walk to 7-11 store for Skittles & Iced Tea without being executed in Florida like: Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Craig Ruise, Nicolas Underwood, Juan Lawrence, Davinian Williams, Thomas McMullen."

Read more about the National Day of Protest.

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