Erica Garner, a movement leader and fierce advocate for justice, is in critical condition after a heart attack. She and her family are in our thoughts and prayers. After her father, Eric Garner, was killed by the NYPD in 2014, Erica dedicated her life to championing his memory and became a relentless fighter in the struggle against police brutality. Erica’s conviction was uncompromising. Every Tuesday and Thursday for a year, she protested in honor of her father and all those who were lost to police brutality. Her struggle didn’t stop at the rallies. She recognized that her father’s death and the oppression of Black people more broadly were symptoms of a society in need of wholesale change. She believed that Bernie Sanders was a step towards that change, appearing in a powerful campaign ad linking her struggle to Sanders’ program. Erica has been more than an activist, she’s a beacon of resistance, of resolve, of courage. We, the National Political Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America, encourage all our chapters across the country to take a moment to reflect on Erica’s life and wish her and her family well.
Statement of the DSA National Political Committee, Christmas Day, 2017.