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Ahead of grand jury decision, some protesters are staying off the streets

Government officials and the media have prepared for the possibility of violent protests after the grand jury announces its decision. But Fusion’s Mariana Atencio spoke to young protesters ahead of the announcement and found activists divided on whether protest is even an effective response.

When protests broke out in August in Ferguson, John Green hit the streets to make his voice heard. But tonight, no matter the grand jury’s decision, he’s staying home.

“I won’t be a part of it,” he said.

Instead, Green, who’s a college student studying business, wants people to protest with their dollars.

“If every black person that lived in Ferguson, if we all wanted to boycott Black Friday, that would send a message,” he said.

But other voices say that public protest still has an essential place, along with social media.

“With Twitter, we feel like we can keep telling this story,” said Deray McKesson, a young protest leader. “We talk about how we feel in the moment, and places where traditional media can’t go. And it’s ours. I don’t need permission to tweet.”

Rayner Ramirez, Angela Barajas, and Douglas Forte contributed to this report.

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