It’s been midnight in New York and Washington, DC, and evenings in Los Angeles, but there’s still plenty of crowds on the streets in both cities and the spirits are high.
New York, Protesters march along Greenwich Village in suburban Manhattan. The curfew was at 8 a.m., but there is no heavy police presence tonight, and police are not enforcing the curfew by making arrests earlier this week.
Protesters have been marching for hours now. Some of the organizers and leaders maintain morale with such national call-responses as “Don’t join, we are united, we are peaceful” and “United, the people will never be defeated”.
“The system can’t win,” one protester told CNN. “People have a voice now and they’re listening to us. They’re listening to us because we’re united. They’re listening to us because what happens in the middle of Manhattan where thousands of people donate doesn’t have to be unfair anymore.”
In Washington, DC Lots of crowds tonight – probably the biggest since they started, said CNN correspondent Alex Marquez at the scene.
The curfew was lifted earlier this week, and protests have continued peacefully. Taking photos with a new street sign reading “Black Lives Matter Plaza” as people gather on the edge of Lafayette Park near the White House.
Law enforcement and some members of the National Guard’s army are on the lookout – but nowhere near the offensive numbers were seen earlier in the week, Marquadet said.
In Los Angeles, Curfew has also been lifted and protests remain peaceful, with moods lightening tonight.
CNN reporter Lucy Kafanov said at the scene that at least a thousand marchers were bizarre. He described “members of the Asian community, the Latino community, white people, black people, LGBTQs, everyone.”
“The community program is really significant,” he said. People start clapping and pans in solidarity of protest on their porches as they come out.