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Activist Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, dies after heart attack

Erica Garner, who became an activist for social justice after the death of her father, Eric Garner, at the hands of police brutality, was pronounced dead, Dec. 29. The effects of an enlarged heart after she gave birth three months ago led to Garner’s death.

In a statement to CNN about Garner, her mother, Esaw Snipes said, “She was a fighter, she was a warrior and she lost the battle. She never recovered from when her father died. She is in a better place.”

According to Snipes, Garner pushed herself hard after her father’s death–fighting for political change and a stop to police brutality.

In July 2014, in an attempt to arrest Eric Garner for allegedly selling cigarettes illegally. Video evidence of the incident shows New York Police officer Daniel Pantaleo manhandling Garner from behind and putting him a department-banned chokehold.

Eric Garner, who also had asthma, was pronounced dead that day. Allegedly, his last words were “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!”

Since then, Erica Garner has become a prominent activist–mainly aligning herself with the Black Lives Matter movement. Eric Garner’s last words (“I can’t breathe) has since become a cry for protesters, regarding the maltreatment of people of color at the hands of law enforcement.

At the announcement of her death, thousands of people on social media expressed their sadness and condolences at her departure. Many people remembering her as a brokenhearted woman who fought for the justice of her death.

“Many will say that Erica died of a heart attack, but that’s only partially true because her heart was already broken when she couldn’t get justice for her father,” said Rev. Al Sharpton at a meeting with the National Action Network, “Whatever asthma and the others attacked was a piece of the heart left. Her heart was attacked by a system that would choke her dad and not hold accountable those that did it.”

 


We here at I Exist would like to extend our condolences to Erica Garner’s family. Garner was a truly inspiring human being who worked hard to raise awareness to the prominent issue of police brutality. May she rest in peace.

 

 

PSA: Black Lesbians Are Being Murdered Across the Country and Nobody Is Saying Anything

Shanta Myers. Brandi Mells. Kerrice Lewis. Kaladaa Crowell.

Ask yourselves, do those names sound familiar to you? It is unlikely they do.

They are names of Black Women who were murdered over the course of a week. One other thing they had in common: They are all lesbians.

Shanta Myers, her two children, and her girlfriend, Brandi Mells were murdered in Troy, NY. They were all found, bound and their throats had been slashed, on Dec. 26.

Kerrice Lewis was shot multiple times, shoved in the trunk of a car before her killer set the car on fire.

Kaladraa Crowell and her daughter, Kyra Inglett, were murdered in West Palm Beach, Florida by her girlfriend’s son, Robin Denson, just days after Christmas. She was the fourth black lesbian to be murdered over the course of a week.

These murders of lesbian Black Women are NOT receiving the attention it deserves in the National News. But why would we when the only crimes that are covered are ones that involve a white victim of violent crime.

Nothing is being done to protect LGBTQ people from these gruesome hate crimes. In fact, 2017 was the most dangerous and deadliest year for trans men and women–many of them were Black women.

Our society needs to stop ignoring these innocent lives and law enforcement needs to put more effort in protecting them. No human being deserves to be murdered because of their race and the person they love. Love is Love.

How many more lives will have to be taken before this problem is to be taken seriously?

 

 

 

Free Hugs Campaign

Inspired by seeing students giving out Free Hugs while in Seoul South Korea, students at ECU campus decided to bring it to them. The Free Hugs Campaign was started by a man called “Juan Mann” in Australia to give random acts of kindness. In order to make the campus feel welcomed and brighten their day after the student death, Free Hugs were given at two events before the Christmas break. School organizations such as T.E.A.M., a male empowerment group, and Lambda (latin fraternity) came out for support as well as individuals on campus. The feedback was mostly positive, with individuals stating how it really brightened their day. The Free Hugs gave that reminder of existence of the importance of every individual and how we should acknowledge and embrace each other as a unity no matter the differences.

 

Photos @trxllaffliation @trxllvibes

The Beginning

The beginning started after the announcement of a student death on East Carolina University campus in NC, USA…after students were in grief, one student decided that it was enough. That it was not fair that so many people in society were willing to end their own lives due to their misery.

That very evening, the idea of “I Exist” appeared. That as human beings, there is so much pressure to conform. That there is still oppression, racism, prejudice, sexism and many more discriminations that affect mental health.

The next morning at 7:45am, the student stood at the middle of campus in the rain for 7 hours and receiving loyal followers along the way that protested beside her in honor of their friend and to make a statement that everyone on campus should acknowledge every person’s existence.

After the protest, many people were inspired by the action which then created the movement “I Exist” which continues to commit to its mission to uplift, empower and bring awareness to individuals well-being no matter the differences.

WCTI NewsChannel 12

East Carolinian Article