Taking cardboard from the homeless to lay on during a spontaneous die-in.
Via SI Advance
It’s been about two weeks since the special grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case, and the protests have continued around the city and throughout parts of Staten Island.
From New Springville to St. George to Tompkinsville, the rallies and marches have become a daily part of life on the borough.
Garner’s daughter, Erica Garner, has already held three die-ins and marches and has another one scheduled Thursday night in front of the 120th Precinct stationhouse in St. George.
The eight-day die-in at the Staten Island Mall kicked of Wednesday night and supposedly continues until Christmas Eve.
But, no matter where the protests have been, the poor turnouts have proved Staten Islanders continue to be divided over the issue.
Those views came to a head at the mall when an “N-Y-P-D” chant rang out as protesters were doing a seven-minute die-in.
“I think even if you take away the race thing, it’s still something that matters,” a mall employee said Wednesday evening.[…]
Ms. Garner, 24, has tried to combat that indifference by trying to drum up more support on Staten Island. She and her family members have continuously pleaded for more protesters to join them, but the crowds have remained small.
When asked why protests throughout the city, and in some cases around the world, have had bigger turnouts than Staten Island, Ms. Garner shook her head and said, “I have no idea.”
Garner’s cousin, Benjamin Lawton, was more blunt.
“I think most of Staten Island is racist,” he said last week at a rally in St. George.