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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- After days of loosely organized and spontaneous protests from the FDR Drive to Times Square, from Washington Square Park, to Washington, D.C.

Minster Kirsten John Foy had his bag packed. Friday evening, he boarded an express train to the nation's capitol.

"We're going in the thousands to Washington to say to the federal government you have to do in 2014 unfortunately what you had to do in the 50s 60s and 70s and that’s stepping in on the local level to make sure justice happens," Foy said.

Foy spent the last few days planning the National Action Network's "Justice For All March."

"We expect it to be a huge turnout, the mood in this country is one of frustration, we see even people we wouldn’t normally see speaking out against this," Foy added.

As the families of Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, and Michael Brown stand in front of the nation's capitol and ask for federal intervention in their cases, here in New York City, many will mobilize as part of the "Millions March."

"I think it has really woken a sleeping giant," said volunteer Rafael Ramirez.

The demonstration is the brainchild of a student, Synead Nichols.

"I just kind of went on a whim and created the Facebook event and invited everybody I possibly could," Nichos said.

And now 45,000 people have signed up to attend. Friday night, dozens of New Yorkers crowded into the basement of the Judson Memorial Church to gear up.

Their goal is to make sure Saturday's demonstration is safe and effective. Attorneys advised them of their legal rights.

They got tips from street medics.

And for Nichols, watching the Millions March go from an idea, to a Facebook page, to now a large protest -- well it has taught a valuable lesson about just how much of an impact one person can have.

The march will begin in Washington Square Park at 2 p.m. and end at One Police Plaza.

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