Since unarmed Black teenager Mike Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri last weekend, BlogHer’s Love & Sex editor Feminista Jones took to Twitter to plan a National Moment of Silence at 7p.m. EST/ 4p.m. PST today. But there was a lot of confusion since last night, when the hacker group Anonymous began promoting its own event, Day of Rage, using the same times and locations planned for peaceful vigils around the country, catching the attention of Twitter using the #DayofRage hashtag and garnering mainstream media coverage .
A protest in New York's Union Square, where arrests were reported and multiple arrests were threatened, according to many people reporting on Twitter, was not organized through #NMOS14:
It's important to clarify that the National Moment of Silence, or #NMOS14, was NOT the same as the Day of Rage and that the women who have been organizing the vigils in no way encouraged or condoned violence at tonight’s events. “I feel like I have been stabbed,” Feminista told me over the phone this morning. “For the last four days we have been tirelessly working to organizing vigils from Maine to Hawaii.”
The @Anonymous Twitter account was suspended for allegedly revealing personal information, including the name of the police officer involved in the shooting of Mike Brown.
I was worried for the safety of people who are planning to peacefully gather to remember the victims of police brutality. Mikki Kendall had this advice for people attending the National Moment of Silence, just in case events escalate:
No jewelry, comfy slip on shoes & clothes. Sports bras, plain undies, water bottles & a change of clothes in your bag. #NMOS14
Feminista held a conference call last night with 75 organizers of local vigils (there were over 100 locations around the country). She said, “I have all the faith in the world that this is going to come together.”
I believe in you. I believe in each and every one of you and your ability to make history.
We are here with peace and love #NMOS14
Major civil rights and human rights organizations supported #NMOS. The Root tweeted photos in memory of victims of police brutality under the #NMOS14 hashtag.
NEXT: PHOTOS FROM THE VIGILS =========>>
The new head of the Ferguson response is marching WITH the protesters and suddenly military weapons aren't needed. pic.twitter.com/j19eYsMWGh
Did you go to a #NMOS14 vigil? Let us know in the comments and please keep us updated! We'll be adding tweets and photos from around the country.
News and Politics Editor Grace Hwang Lynch blogs about raising an Asian mixed-race family at HapaMama.
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