Your Turn: On Dying for Protest


In this week’s Voice, Sarah Ferguson writes about the short life and brutal murder of Indymedia journalist Brad Will. The East Village radical was gunned down by Mexican police last month while filming the uprising in Oaxaca.

Ferguson writes that Will was a constant presence on the protest scene, always showing up in one place or another:

In 2004, I remember him being everywhere during street protests surrounding the Republican National Convention in New York, video camera in hand. He reveled in these clashes, always returning with tales of glory, folk songs about resisting the police, and reports of the free food and fun he’d had along the way.

We invite your thoughts about Will’s life and death here. Did you know Will personally? Have you been in protest situations that felt dangerous? Is the risk of death or injury in a demonstration worth it? How do you make sense of this loss?