Questions rising over who’s in charge of protests

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Embargo: St. Louis, MO Protestors march in St. Louis in support of Eric Garner in December 3, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (AP) – A protest movement seems to be rising around the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. But who’s leading it? Younger activists or legacy civil rights groups?

Established organizations _ the National Action Network, the NAACP, the National Urban League _ have called for people to gather in Washington this Saturday for a national march. Families of the two unarmed black men who died at the hands of white police officers will be there.

But other groups, like Ferguson Action, are instead sponsoring their own actions elsewhere. They are calling for a “National Day of Resistance” in such places as Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Bloomington, Indiana, and Bend, Oregon.

Says Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League: It’s about getting results, not about “turf” or who’s in charge.

By JESSE J. HOLLAND

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