Loyola Students Hold Die-In Protest

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Wed, 12/10/2014

loyola-new-orleans-die-in-protestA mixture of faculty, staff and students gathered around the Iggy statue located in the Peace Quad just after 12 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Shawn Kelly, BSU member and Marketing sophomore, started the protest by chanting “I Can’t Breathe” before collapsing on the ground; everyone else followed suit. The event lasted 30 minutes. 

Posters decorated with words such as “Our lives matter” and “Zero tolerance for police violence” were also passed around for participants to lie beside their “dead” bodies. 

Community members said it’s critical to raise awareness on issues like this throughout the school and community. 

loyola-new-orleans-black-student-union“It’s important that our voices are heard because this affects our entire community,” said senior Savon Jones. 

BSU held a candlelight vigil against police brutality later that evening again in the Peace Quad. The vigil included a “speak out” in which students were encouraged to talk about any injustices they had experienced. 

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Photos courtesy of The Maroon