Tseday Williams, age 9, and Cristen Baldwin, age 9

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  1. I was an activist who began my advocacy work in 2014.
  2. I advocated for police reform, focusing on reducing the amount of excessive force by police officers during an arrest.
  3. I began my advocacy work after my father Eric Garner’s death at the hands of a police officer who used excessive force, placing him in an illegal chokehold. His last words were “I can’t breathe.”
  4. My father’s case became a nationwide story about police brutality against black men.
  5. I organized many marches and rallies to protest the issues of racism and police brutality.
  6. I was frequently involved with the Black Lives Matter movement.
  7. I created the Garner Way Foundation, in honor of my father, to “engage communities all over the world in social justice issues through political awareness, music, arts, and activism.”
  8. In my activist work, I gained the support of people like the civil rights activist Al Sharpton, the journalist Shaun King, and Senator Bernie Sanders. I also supported Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for president and appeared in an ad endorsing him.
  9. In December 2017, I passed away at the age of 27 after suffering from a heart attack.