Eric Garner, an unarmed African-American man, died after NYPD officers put him in an apparent choke hold on July 17, 2014. Video of the incident has gone viral, sparking outrage over yet another incident of police brutality against a person of color. People have used #EricGarner, #JusticeForEricGarner and #RIPEricGarner.
Thousands of low-income residents in Detroit are finding the water taps in their homes turned off. That’s because Detroit’s Water and Sewerage Department has declared a zero tolerance policy for some of its customers with unpaid bills. But the citizens of the Motor City aren’t taking this lightly, and are organizing on the streets and online to protest using the hashtag #DetroitWater.
How are people reacting on social media after the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby arguing that religious freedom would be violated if the employer was forced to pay for certain forms of contraception under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare)? AJ+ breaks it down on this Hashtag segment.
Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were sentenced to seven to 10 years in prison by an Egyptian court on charges of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood and falsifying the news. The verdict sparked international condemnation that flooded social media. AJ+ follows the reactions through the hashtags #AJTrial and #FreeAJStaff.
Three Jewish seminary students have disappeared after hitchhiking through the occupied West Bank. Israelis are using the hashtag #BringBackOurBoys (a play off of the Nigerian hashtag #BringBackOurGirls) to do just that…and so are Palestinians. How is this issue playing out over social media? AJ+ tackles this question and more.