This Weekend's Planned Protests Over the Death of George Floyd

This weekend's planned demonstrations include vigils, peace walks, protests and marches over the murder of Floyd and police brutality, as well as a community conversation about a "Path Forward"

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At 6 p.m. on Friday, June 5, there were be a Vigil Against Police Violence at the Cincinnati Police Memorial (corner of Ezzard Charles and Central Parkway).

Here is the event description: "With people having to return to work or continue to WFH, it's hard for many of us to find ways to TAKE ACTION Mon thru Fri, especially after business hours but before curfew.

The Vigil Against Police Violence will be a DAILY FIXTURE of our Cincinnati resistance and is intended to be a space to: protest, stand together in solidarity, sing, read poetry, talk, share/teach protest chants+songs, pray, make signs for upcoming marches, cry together, SAY THEIR NAMES, and much more.We will end promptly at 7:30 p.m. so that everyone can get themselves and their families home before curfew. The event is NOT 1 day-- IT WILL BE HELD EVERY WEEKDAY, RAIN OR SHNE, INDEFINITELY. AGAIN: IT WILL BE HELD EVERY WEEKDAY, RAIN OR SHNE."

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, there will be a George Floyd & Black Lives Matter Peace Walk in Clifton. This is the event description: "Peace Walk in Memory of George Floyd and in Support of Black Lives Matter at the fountain on the corner of Ludlow Avenue and Clifton Avenue (across the street from skyline chili)."

At 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, there will be a Path Forward: Creating Our Vision for Cincinnati event at Washington Park (1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine). This gathering at the gazebo will feature a panel of speakers including Reverend Damon Lynch III of New Prospect Baptist Church; Rev. Mark Bomar, president of the Baptist Ministers Conference; Nikita Anderson of Cohear; Brian Garry of Neighborhoods United; Jackie L. Jackson, a City of Cincinnati Community Outreach Advocate; Robert Harris of the City of Cincinnati Human Relations Commission; Leland Brown, MS, Dir Operations, Promise Prep. After the panel, the second portion of the event will be open to everyone to share their own thoughts. Issues addressed could include justice system reform, ending cash bail, ending prison sentences for non-violent offenses, affordable housing, better health services, access to mental health care for youth, a reduction in infant mortality, how to help independent black businesses and more. The goal is to create a Cincinnati where all people are included.

At 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 7, there will be a 4.5-mile memorial run for George Floyd. Hosted by Runners for Justice, meet at the back side of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and then run a course through Smale Riverfront Park and back. The event description says to keep social distancing in mind. Post-race refreshments will be provided and the race will end before the event on Fountain Square.

At 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, there will be a Cincinnati March for Racial Justice at Fountain Square (520 Vine St., Downtown).

The event description reads, "We are rallying and marching in a peaceful protest against the systematic oppression and police brutality the black community has endured for far too long. We're not only looking for major reform in the American police force and judicial system, but in the media as well, so that protestors can have the opportunity to endorse and represent themselves in order to stop the spread of misinformation in the media. Will post soon with a list of specific demands.

Please keep social distancing in mind. We are going to meet at Fountain square at 1 p.m., we will have a few speakers. Around 4 p.m. we will all march to the Hamilton county courthouse on 1000 Main Street, do a demonstration, and then have an open mic for black POC to speak then chant and protest until 6 p.m. 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! There will be a team of Medics (red vests) and Marshals/Guides (yellow vests) to assist everyone."

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