National moment of silence Live
The hashtag #NMOS14 has been gaining speed on Twitter. The tag stands for "National Moment of Silence" and is intended to honor victims of police brutality, according to people who have been using it. Twitter users are using the hashtag in tweets to plan gatherings and rallies. (Hashtags are used in tweets to create easily searchable words or phrases.)
The moment of silence vigil will start at 6 p.m., according to a Facebook page for the event.
#STL #NMOS14 we've obtained a permit. So long as our vigil is peaceful, we have the right to be there & have our voices (& silence) heard.
A permit for a gathering at Luther Ely Smith Square, between the main Arch grounds and the Old Courthouse, has been issued, said a representative with the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
I've been getting people concerned about police at the #NMOS14 vigil in downtown St. Louis tomorrow. I will address that in my next tweet
I've been ASSURED that #STL Metro PD will not be outfitted in riot gear. There will not be guns pointed at us. #NMOS14 #Ferguson #FERGUSON
@TheMegaChloe is Chloe Ward, a Central West End resident. She said she saw the #NOMS14 movement on Twitter and decided she could organize a St. Louis vigil.
"We've stressed the point that this is a vigil ... a time to mourn losses," Ward said in a phone interview Thursday morning. The vigil is about "morning more than just Michael Brown," she said. "We're not just upset, we're hurt, we're afraid, we're in pain."
#STL #FERGUSON don't forget about the red arm bands for solidarity tomorrow. We will have a few to pass out as well. #NMOS14
Aug. 14, 2014
Good news: #STL #FERGUSON over 750 confirmed attendees for #NMOS14 Bad news: we won't have enough armbands for you all. Bring one!
Aug. 14, 2014
St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay's Director of Communications Maggie Crane said, "We are expecting them, we welcome the vigil."
We've hit 200+ confirmed guests for #NMOS14 #Ferguson #STL #StLouis https://t.co/HWJzrFPV8F continue to share with family and friends!
Here is the #NMOS14 statement on the riots that are reportedly happening in #FERGUSON #STLOUIS right now https://t.co/jXQP78GznU
I am not condoning these riots. I am not a part of these riots. But I do understand these riots. I understand anger, hurt and pain. #STLOUIS
Please go home. I don't want to see anymore victims of police brutality. No more names added to a long list. #Ferguson #Stlouis #NMOS14
Previously on Sunday:
Hello @stltoday there will be a national moment of silence on Thurs. at 6pm for victims of police brutality at the Arch. #NMOS14
@stltoday there is no group, it's a ground roots effort led by the people. Hoping to get the word out, could you cover it? #NMOS14
@FeministaJones I've already got a group of people who are angry and want answers. We're going to make sure our voices are heard #NMOS14
Here's the link to the #NMOS14 for victims of police brutality in St. Louis. Please spread the word. https://t.co/HWJzrFPV8F @FeministaJones
The event has 23 people who said they will go about an hour after the event invitation was created on Facebook.
Search #NMOS14 to find out bat a rally in your city. If no one’s organized yet, do it! Reach out to ppl. Connect.
Want to participate in a national moment of silence in protest of the recent police shootings? Find your city here: #NMOS14
Plans for the moment of silence are being discussed in cities across the country:
@marvel_girl88: Chicago peeps, here's the link to #NMOS14 for this Thursday. Share please https://t.co/5PvjPBE6oR http://t.co/eZpP0kzUFQ
#Chicago - Please joins us as we honor #MikeBrown and other police brutality victims on TH 8/14 @ 6pmCST. https://t.co/HbqlelrzKB #NMOS14
So... We'll do this for #MikeBrown and all the men, women, and children before him. #NMOS14 #Philadelphia #lovepark Thursday 7pm.
If you're in #Seattle and want to participate in a natl moment of silence for #MikeBrown, #EricGarner email me: taephoenix at gmail #NMOS14
So people in #Columbus #OH Arch Park, maybe? Anyone else interested in helping. DM or email me, please. 7 pm this Thursday #NMOS14
Twitter user @FeministaJones wrote, about noon central time:
Are people comfortable with gathering in their cities, in a national show of solidarity, at the same time on the same day?
How many of you would be interested in a National Moment of Silence for recent victims of police brutality?
National Moment of Silence = #NMOS14 Thursday, 8/14 7pmEST/4pm PT ppl around the country gather in smaller vigils and observe moment
In an email interview Sunday, @FeministaJones said she lives in New York City (she declined to give her real name, saying she has been threatened in the past). She said she heard about MIchael Brown's death over Twitter, and used the hashtag today to "put out a call for us to gather in each city across the U.S. for a peaceful vigil" after the killing of Mike Brown, Eric Garner in New York City, and "countless others who face police brutality around the country."
She wrote: "We need to center ourselves. Right now, there is a lot of anger and frustration and feelings of helplessness. We should take a moment to remember those who have died, uplift those who still live with the effects of the trauma of police brutality, show solidarity with all families affected, and connect across the country in one moment.
She said in the few hours since she started tweeting with the hashtag, events have been planned in 10 to 15 cities. She said she's encouraging each city "to own it for themselves," and organize at local levels.