12/16/2014 09:14 am ET Updated Dec 16, 2014

From Ferguson To New York, Women Are Leading Protests Because All #BlackLivesMatter

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Erica Garner – the brave daughter of Eric Garner, who died this July when police officer Daniel Pantaleo restrained him in an illegal chokehold – staged a “die-in” last week outside the storefront where her father said his last words: “I can’t breathe.” The phrase, which Eric Garner repeated 11 times as Pantaleo refused to release his grip, has become an international rallying cry for protesters, celebrities and students alike.

And Erica Garner has, like a lot of women have, been at the forefront of much of the New York-based protest movement advocating for changes in system or law and order – and how we as a society view black lives. She is, like a lot of women are, supported by organizers working to keep momentum going for tangible, systemic change, even in the wake of such collective, ongoing pain.

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