DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – While thousands flock to stores today to get a jump on their holiday shopping… a group in downtown Dayton is making their voices heard, protesting against it.
While chanting, “no justice, no profit,” this group is blacking out black Friday.
“The reason we are doing this today is to show, it’s to stand in solidarity with everybody across the country who are doing the same thing for the black out. Not spending money today, not spending money tomorrow and showing folks our dollars count,” said organizer Tommy Owens.
The motivation for this movement in downtown Dayton: Grand Juries not indicting police officers after shootings.
“It was very important that we show that our money matters and our lives matter. We came together with a very peaceful protest.”
A Greene County Grand Jury decided to not bring about any charges to the police officer who shot and killed John Crawford inside the Beavercreek Walmart in August. Police thought he had gun, but later found out it was a BB gun he picked up off a shelf.
More recently a Grand Jury in Ferguson Missouri decided to not indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen.
“We don’t agree with that. It was terrible. No indictment. How can you give no indictment? So we took that along with Black Friday and we said our black dollars matter,” said Owens.
This peaceful protest is meant to shed light on equality. Organizers say they want everyone to remember that a difference in skin color does not mean a difference to their contribution to society.
“If you don’t take us serious. We are not going to be spending our dollars and we are going to cripple everything,” said Owens.