Today the arts community came together for a peaceful flash mob in Times Square. Broadway artists met in Shubert Alley at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday July 29, 2014 for a quick briefing. Directors, choreographers, singers, dancers, actors and loving the arts community turned out in record number to demand respect for life and change. July 17, 2014 Eric Garner was chocked to death in the hands of NYPD, while EMT's stood by without offering aid or medical attention. As Eric was struggling from a prohibited chokehold, he was able to say his last words "I can't breath!" Broadway Global shares the exclusive pictures from Charissee Neal who said "It was powerful, the tension you feel when standing up for a cause is very emotional."
"It was incredible to see over 100 Broadway performers gather together today, on a moment's notice, to send a message, not only about the death of Eric Garner, but about the regular use of excessive police force against an unarmed, unprotected populace." Brandon Victor Dixon (Tony Award nominated Motown star). Shocked and stunned the Broadway arts community ask supporters to rally together in peace, to stop tragic deaths that have happened way to often while in the hands of law enforcement. "This is not a black or white issue, this is an American issue. We must change our aggressive society, yes even with those who are hired to protect and serve. Once again artists are the leaders, demanding change and respect for life. " Broadway Global
Proud to see one of Broadway's youngest thirteen year old Marquise Neal (Kinky Boots) attending with his mother Charissee Neal, who shared this exclusive for our examiner readers. "We are attending the flash mob to stand up against police brutality." Many will see the vision of Eric Garner's wife wearing a T-shirt 'this stops today" as she spoke at a protest just days ago. Exclusive photos will be shared in a followup article from Broadway stars, artists and supporters who attend this peaceful flash mob in respect for Eric Garner, in hopes to bring attention and change to law enforcement practices that have killed lives.
Poet Daniel Watts performs a spoken word piece in front of Broadway performers and community supporters as they hum a simple melody. For those wishing to email the arts leaders in support for Eric Garner, you may do so at WalkRunFlyProd@gmail.com. "May Eric Garner rest in peace, let his death not be in vain. We are not a perfect world, but through the art of music, talented artists, and peaceful supporters we can be leaders in our global society. " USA Theatre Chat.