October 22nd is a day that people across the United States have mobilized since 1996 for the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. In New York, demonstrators gathered to mark 18 years of protests.
Organizers say, for almost 2 decades the aim of these demonstrations have been to bring forward a united, powerful and visual coalition supporting individuals and families victimized by police brutality.
Participants say they gather each year to bring about change for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, one they rightfully deserve - freedom, justice, equality and respect.
Protestors say this years demonstrations are significant as many remember the recent death of the African American teenager, Trayvon Martin, which sparked widespread protests against what some believe was a racist killing by a neighborhood watchman. 2013 also marks the year in which, some 30,000 California inmates organized hunger strikes, demanding basic human rights and protesting decade long solitary confinements.
Similar rallies were organized in over 30 US cities from California to Florida. Across the border in Montreal, Canada, demonstrators were also invited to gather in front of one of the city's a Law enforcement building, marking what has been known as O22, October 22nd.