#blackoutblackfriday: Communities Responds to Mike Brown Verdict With Their Wallets, Choosing to Boycott Black Friday

Tension has been high since the announcement of the verdict in the slaying of 18-year-old Mike Brown. When the courts decided to release Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson and not charge him with murder of the teen, outraged communities spoke out  against the decision with multiple demonstrations across the nation.

Adopting a different approach this time around,  human rights group,  Blackout For Human Rights has called for concerned citizens to join them in the mass retail boycott on the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday.

The official mission statement from the group’s website:

Blackout for Human Rights (Blackout) is a network of concerned artists, activists, and citizens who committed their energy and resources to immediately address the staggering level of human rights violations against fellow Americans throughout the United States. We have witnessed enough. An affront to any citizen’s human rights threatens the liberty of all. So, we participate in one of the most time honored American traditions: dissent. We demand an immediate end to the brutal treatment and inhumane killings of our loved ones; the lives of our friends, our parents and our children have value and should be treated with respect. Our right to life is secured not only by our humanity, but is protected by law both federally and internationally by the Constitution of the United States of America and the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The effort is getting a lot of attention on social media

Will you be participating?