Multiple Cincinnati groups have organized protests and rallies around the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man who died in Minneapolis after being taken into police custody and pinned to the ground by an officer. A video shows Floyd repeatedly saying he can't breathe as that officer has his knee on Floyd's neck.
At noon on Saturday, May 30, Cincinnati activists, political leaders and community members have come together to organize a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd. “The People of Cincinnati, PEACEFUL PROTEST,” organized by Harold “DJ HD” Douglas, activist Iris Roley, State Rep. Sedrick Denson and council member Jeff Pastor, will take place at Washington Park (1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine). They are asking everyone to remember COVID-19 safety protocols and to wear facial coverings and gloves.
At 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, there will be a "Be Heard, Be Safe; Rally for Justice" at Fountain Square. Previously, the event was tentatively scheduled to take place on Short Vine in Corryville.
UPDATE: This protest has been moved to Inwood Park in Mount Auburn.
Reporter Nick Swartsell said in a tweet that is also worth mentioning: "Worth noting the significance of Mount Auburn's Inwood Park for today's 3 p.m. event protesting the death of George Floyd. The park is right next to Rice Street, where UCPD officer Ray Tensing shot and killed unarmed motorist Sam Dubose in 2015."
"Following the awful events at led to the death of another unarmed black man, a city is burning. This is Cincinnati's chance to join out fellow outraged Americans in a SAFE AND HEALTH CONSCIOUS way. Social distancing is of utmost importance for this, as well as masks or mouth coverings. This is a peaceful demonstration and is expected to be respected," says the event description.
Check the discussion page for more information and details.
At 1 p.m. on Monday, June 1, the Young Activists Coalition will be hosting a Peaceful Protest for George Floyd outside of the Hamilton County Courthouse (1000 Main St., Downtown).
The event description says, "Join us in a peaceful protest against the racist injustices and police brutality that plague America. We will be honoring George Floyd and every black life loss at the hands of this corrupt system. In honor of George we will be kneeling for 10 minutes, the duration of his murder and having multiple community speakers."
At 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, there will be a Cincinnati Black Lives Matter March at Fountain Square.
The event description reads, "Hey everyone! Please keep social distancing in mind. We are going to meet at Fountain square and march to the Hamilton county courthouse on 1000 Main Street and then circle around the building so we are heard! Please wear face masks and make sure to stay in a small group of the people you came with, no larger than 10 people. Try to follow 6 feet behind the group in front of you, and be safe! We are meeting at 1pm and plan on starting marching at 1:30!#Nojusticenopeace."
A related event is taking place at noon Saturday, May 30. The 6 Feet in the Street stand will take place at the Lincoln statue in Avondale at the corner of Reading Road and Forest Avenue.
The 6 Feet in the Street movement is "a grass root movement birthed during the horrific COVID 19 pandemic to address the catastrophic number of African Americans succumbing to COVID 19 Virus," reads the website, and events will be taking place all over the country to bring awareness to the racial impact of the coronavirus.
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