Berkeley High School students walked out Wednesday and marched to the Campanile at UC Berkeley to protest police brutality and in solidarity with the burgeoning “Black lives matter” movement.
Hundreds of students left the Berkeley High campus at 2:30 p.m., rallied in front of Old City Hall and then marched into traffic.
Chanting and holding signs, they marched through the streets of Southside and onto the UC Berkeley campus from Telegraph Avenue.
The walkout followed four nights of protests in Berkeley, held to protest the refusal of grand juries to indict the officers who killed Eric Garner in New York City and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., as well as the failure to halt widespread police brutality and killing of other Latino and Black men and women and youth.
“Berkeley is a very progressive place, and we’re going to tell the nation it’s time,” said Kadijah Means, organizer of Wednesday’s walkout and lead organizer at Berkeley High’s Black Student Union, quoted in the Daily Californian newspaper.
“Standing idle as humans are murdered is inexcusable,” Means said in a released written statement before the walkout. “When racial bias and profiling are the motivation behind those murders, they become even more despicable. It’s 2014 — time for tangible change.”
The walkout lasted for about an hour and was peaceful.
According to a released statement from Berkeley High principal Kristin Glenchur, Berkeley High administration was aware of the protest and would not allow students who left school for the walkout to make up missed work.