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Boston Stands with Black Lives
June 24, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday June 24th @3pm
Boston Common – 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111
This rally is to show solidarity for the black community in the greater Boston area, and MA as a whole. The focus of this rally is to highlight the black community with black speakers. It is important to give the black community their narrative back and allow them to tell their story. Too many people in the white community, and beyond, have never heard someone from the black community talk about their experiences, in person, as a black person growing up in Massachusetts. There is still too much racism in MA and Bostonians need to be more educated!
This will be a *peaceful* rally to honor the black community.
The speakers will be talking from the gazebo in the middle of The Common!
Boston needs to let Massachusetts know, and MA needs to let America know that we do not stand for racism! We need to show support for our fellow Americans and honor human life. We need to fight for racial justice! We cannot let this cause, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the slain and injusticed black community fade into obscurity! POTUS needs to know that he can’t just shoot protests down! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, WE ARE FED UP!
***AT THE BOSTON COMMONS (Tremont st.)
*I would like to remind and ask everyone to keep this protest healthy by practicing social distancing and wearing a facial covering and gloves!*
*The Boston Common garage is very expensive to park, so it is better for you to park at or around a train station within a few stops!*
*Reminder: Boston still has a 9pm curfew due to covid 19, which is why the event is starting and ending early! To make sure everyone can get home safely, I please ask people to leave before curfew*
*fireworks, airhorns, pepper spray, flare guns, smoking, alcohol and drug use NOT permitted*
*PLEASE PICK UP YOUR TRASH!*
A list of goals:
To create actual change, our representatives must support:
1. Ending qualified immunity for the police. This is a shield from the law. It protects police actions if they’re acting in their capacity as police. So, you can’t sue them when they shoot or beat up your loved ones.
2. Ending the “fear defense” authorized by the Supreme Court in Graham v. Connor. This defense allows cops to use an unreasonable amount of force if they say that they “feared for life,” no matter how unlikely that fear is. This is how they get away with murder after they’re charged.
3. Taking away the riot gear, tanks, tear gas, and other military equipment from police departments, without exception. They are the police, not the military. They don’t have the training or the restraint against unreasonable use of force required for these tools.
4. Defunding the police, including reducing police funding and re-allocating that money back into communities of color.
So, do something concrete today and leave a voicemail or email with your representatives asking for these four things. #BlackLivesMatter
***this event is still being organized and updated***
More information available at: https://www.facebook.com/events/s/boston-stands-with-black-lives/294676994895766/