“We will bear witness, with the names and stories of over 150 people killed or brutalized with impunity,” protest organizers said via social media.
A 24-hour demonstration is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. local time (10 p.m. GMT) at Grand Central Station on Monday, following similar rallies in Staten Island and other sites across the city.
“Every single day is a risk for black and brown people, coming and going, living daily life in a culture of racist violence and police brutality,” organizers said.
Garner, 43, an overweight street peddler selling untaxed cigarettes, died from a chokehold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo in New York on July 19. Brown, 18, was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9.
The events precipitated a stand-off between law enforcement and civilians in the United States, culminating in the murder of two New York Police Department officers on December 20. The murderer, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley who took his own life shortly after, was said to have vowed revenge for the lives of Brown and Garner on social media.