Demonstrators gathered in Washington Square Park for a 2 p.m. march to One Police Plaza outside the NYPD headquarters.
Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, the Urban League and the NAACP are sponsoring the demonstration.
Obama praised the governor for pushing for an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and helping to create one of the most successful health insurance marketplaces in the country.
Several speakers urged the crowd to push state and federal lawmakers to legalize or decriminalize marijuana.
Meredith Sladek, with a group called The Harbor Ring, said a Verrazano bike path is the missing link in the group’s vision for a 50-mile loop around New York Harbor that encourages fitness and tourism.
It was a sea of red in Foley Square on Thursday — a message from parents and students to Mayor Bill de Blasio that they are seeing red over the poor quality of New York City public schools.
Residents who live near LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport say flight patterns instituted several years ago have upped the noise level to unbearable levels.
The event, dubbed “We Will Not Go Back,” began around 12 p.m. at 204 Bay St. across from Tompkinsville Park in Staten Island, where 43-year-old Garner was killed.
The NYPD announced the following street closures for the “We Will Not Go Back” march and rally for Eric Garner on Staten Island Saturday.
The Medical Examiner’s office previously dubbed Garner’s July 17 death a homicide caused by “compression of his neck (chokehold), compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.”
The de Blasio administration on Monday was trying to ensure that peace is maintained the Staten Island rally for Eric Garner – the man who died in police custody last month.
Family members of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died while in police custody last month, were in attendance as the rally demanded justice for Michael Brown.
The National Action Network held a rally on Saturday, to condemn police officers who use choke holds during arrests.
Demonstrators could be seen lining Seventh Avenue just south of 42nd Street near Times Square. The rally stretched for several blocks.
A group of New Yorkers gathered to rally for Israel in Times Square Sunday afternoon, as the first major ground battle in two weeks between Israel and Hamas militants left dozens dead.