In a statement from Working Families, which on its website defines itself as "a growing progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for all of us, and a democracy in which every voice matters," national director Dan Cantor and executive director Valerie Ervin wrote, "Fifty-nine years ago, a 14 year old Black boy, Emmett Till was beaten, tortured and killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. His mother decided that his body would be seen in an open casket to allow the world to look in and see the injustice. His murder helped light the spark of the civil rights movement. Three months ago, Michael Brown's body was left in the street for hours after his death in Ferguson, Missouri. Soon, the eyes of America, and then the world were watching. Let this abrogation of justice catalyze a new movement for justice and dignity for all."