Activists angered over the decision by a Missouri grand jury not to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager are calling on people nationwide to join an impromptu rally on Monday.
A group identifying itself as Ferguson Action urged people to leave their jobs or schools at 1 p.m. ET to show solidarity with the Missouri community and others affected by police violence. Ferguson Action also cited the recent police shootings of an unarmed black man in a New York City housing project and a boy wielding a pellet gun in Cleveland.
"(O)ur communities are hurting and justifiably angered,” the group said in a statement. “What gives us hope in this moment of pain and anguish is the thousands of people who have poured into the streets of America to demand change.”
Protests have continued nationwide since Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson was not indicted in the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., last week. Wilson resigned from the police force on Saturday.
President Barack Obama will meet in the Oval Office on Monday with young civil rights leaders to talk about ongoing issues post-Ferguson, including mistrust between law enforcement and communities of color, a White House official said. He will later sit down with local leaders, elected officials and police from around the country to discuss building trust in communities nationwide.