Tseday Williams, age 9, and Cristen Baldwin, age 9
- I was an activist who began my advocacy work in 2014.
- I advocated for police reform, focusing on reducing the amount of excessive force by police officers during an arrest.
- 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.”
- My father’s case became a nationwide story about police brutality against black men.
- I organized many marches and rallies to protest the issues of racism and police brutality.
- I was frequently involved with the Black Lives Matter movement.
- 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.”
- 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.
- In December 2017, I passed away at the age of 27 after suffering from a heart attack.