October 29, 2020

A group of D.C. protesters now has a list of demands

As protests continue to erupt around the country, a group of three young African-American activists is attempting to link the demonstrations to a list of demands.

The group, Concerned Citizens, has emerged from the nation’s capital, a hotbed of the protests that began following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after he was taken into police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. The group’s three leading organizers, Aalayah Eastmond, 19, Seun Babalola, 22, and Ty Hobson-Powell, 24, plan to unveil their demands, which they shared exclusively with Yahoo News, at a protest in Washington on Wednesday afternoon.

Their list of 10 demands, which the group is set to announce at Lafayette Park across from the White House at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, includes police, criminal justice and government reforms at both the national and local levels, charges for all four officers involved in Floyd’s death, decriminalization of marijuana and statehood for the District of Columbia. They are also asking for charges against those responsible for the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed on March 13 when police stormed her home and shot her during a drug investigation.

“We are simply concerned citizens of Washington, D.C. We want to bring organization to the White House protests while bringing us all under a common goal,” an introductory statement accompanying the list said. “Seeing as all of us as protesters want justice, we the people have formed a list of demands that we would like both the local D.C. municipality as well as the federal government to address with swift action.”

Eastmond is a student at Trinity Washington University and a survivor of the 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that spawned multiple young activists focused on gun control.

Aalayah Eastmond appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2018. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

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