Poor and working people in New York City are horrified by the lynching of Jordan Neely on May Day. They want justice administered to Daniel Penny, the ex-Marine sergeant who strangled the Black homeless man to death on the subway.
On May 3, Militant protesters filled the Lexington/Lafayette subway platform, where the train in which Jordan Neely was killed had stopped. Police arrested several of the protesters.
On May 4, hundreds gathered at the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn to express their outrage. Speakers, including Chivona Newsome and Hawk Newsome, co-founders of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, denounced Neely’s lynching.
Protesters marched across the Manhattan Bridge into lower Manhattan. Drivers honked their horns in support.
On May 5, the Young Communist League organized a protest outside the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who hasn’t brought any charges against the killer Perry.
Later that Friday, hundreds of people went to Washington Square for a rally called by the Party for Socialism and Liberation; the Audre Lorde Project; ANSWER Coalition; the Palestinian Youth Movement; the People’s Forum; and family members whose loved ones were killed by police.
Many speakers denounced the cops for releasing Neely’s killer. Jordan Neely’s half-brother Queens spoke eloquently, describing his sibling’s talents and burdens.
Eugene Puryear of the Party for Socialism and Liberation ended the rally by calling for people to march. Hundreds of people took to the streets and ended up at Union Square, where another short rally was held.
On May 6, demonstrators courageously jumped onto the subway tracks at the Lexington Ave./63rd St. station to protest Neely’s death. Police, who let the killer of Jordan Neely go free, arrested several protesters.
People are demanding justice for Jordan Neely.
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