Clergy leaders and protesters will stage a “die-in” in the middle of a busy intersection outside the South Philadelphia Sports Complex following Sunday’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks in a show of solidarity for Mike Brown and Eric Garner.
Clergy leaders with Philadelphia Organized to Witness Empower & Rebuild (POWER) called for a “Solidarity Die-In” which is set to take place Sunday at 7 p.m. at the northeast corner of Broad and Pattison Streets.
“After the Philadelphia Eagles game, the protesters will stage a “die-in” in the middle of the intersection,” a POWER spokeswoman said. “They will actually lay down in the middle of the street and stay there for four minutes and thirty seconds, symbolic of the four hours and thirty minutes that Mike Brown laid dead in the streets of Ferguson.”
There’s a difference between a protest and a potentially dangerous nuisance. This falls into the latter. Every person who lies in the street should be arrested for disorderly conduct– 1) for their own safety and 2) for the safety of the well-meaning police officers who will now spend their day trying to protect the very same people standing in the street claiming they’re murderers.
And look for all the supporters of the “die-in” to claim that being against their stunt somehow means you don’t want justice for people like Michael Brown and Eric Garner.