January 28's Fact of the Week

1995 marked a series of New York City movements that resulted in the complete shut down of the East Side of Manhattan. To protest against acts of police brutality on minority groups- a bold collective of activists, grassroots organizers, and students from the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV) occupied and blocked the Manhattan Bridge during rush hour for more than 2 hours. Other organizations occupied the Midtown Tunnel, National Congress, Brooklyn Bridge, and Williamsburg Bridge in unison. While many were arrested, the movements attracted nationwide attention and demonstrated the strength of grassroots mobilization and activism.