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Wood River Valley to Rally on Behalf of Black and Brown People
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A peaceful protest was held at the Capitol in Boise on Sunday.
   
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
 

STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

The Alliance is organizing peaceful rallies in solidarity with events around the country protesting violence against black and brown people following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

The rallies will be held at 6:30 p.m. tonight—Tuesday, June 2—on the Main streets of Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue. There will be no central meeting place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Participants are asked to bring signs, wear a mask, invite friends and maintain at least six feet of physical distance. Police have been asked to join in the gathering.

At 6:45 p.m. participants will kneel for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to honor the life of George Floyd, who died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for that amount of time, and to commit to the work of dismantling racism and white supremacy.

Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis on Memorial Day after police arrested him on suspicion of passing a bad $20 bill. Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician, was killed on March 13 after police in Louisville, Ky., broke into her home with a battering ram and shot her eight times. They were authorized to break in as part of a drug investigation involving other people but they found no drugs in the house.

Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was shot by two white men while jogging in Atlanta, Ga., on Feb. 23. They said they believed he was a burglary suspect.

A few hundred people, including a few Wood River Valley residents, turned out for a peaceful demonstration in front of the Idaho Capitol Building on Sunday.

One young black man told protestors through a megaphone that he and they were lucky to live in Boise: “The police here do treat us right.”

The Alliance, spearheaded by Sarah Sentilles, Patty Tobin and Becky Lopez, features a bilingual hotline for those with urgent immigration questions and transportation to medical appointments and meetings with lawyers. It attempts to reunite children separated at the border with their parents in the Wood River Valley.

It also provides access to immigration attorneys who help families find detained individuals and reunite them with their families. It holds Path to Citizenship days, helping families with resident, citizenship and CACA applications. It holds meetings with local business to educate owners about how to protect their employees. And it holds workshops teaching families their rights, and how to protect themselves.

 

 

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