Protestors in Brooklyn agree: Defund the NYPD by at least one billion (PHOTOS/VIDEOS).
Monday, June 15, 2020. New York City – On Sunday, June 14, 2020, I covered two protests in Brooklyn. There were thousands of people and great music.
The Caribbean march and rally were great because the music (among other things).
The “Brooklyn Liberation: An Action for Black Translives” rally and march were great because there were around 15 thousand people (among other things).
Both groups agree: Defund The NYPD for at least ONE BILLION and invest in public schools, public housing, public hospitals, etc.. Some activists want to abolish the police.
Caribbean Americans gathered on Flatbush Ave and Church Ave in Flatbush and marched to Grand Army Plaza where they had a rally. Protestors demanded justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and the many other people killed by police officers in the United States of America.
New York City Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams and Brad Lander, a New York City Council member attended the Caribbean march and rally. Williams said Council members and the Mayor need to cut the NYPD budget for at least one billion.
The “Brooklyn Liberation: An Action for Black Translives” rally was in front of the Brooklyn Museum. After the rally protestors marched to Fort Green Park.
The Okra Project, Marsha P. Johnson Institute, Black Trans Femmes in the Arts, G.L.I.T.S. and FOR THE GWORLS were the organizers. They said on their website www.BrooklynLiberation.com, “This is not an event in collaboration with or sanctioned by the Brooklyn Museum as their plaza is a public space. We invite the Brooklyn Museum to join our cause by making best efforts to mitigate police presence and make their bathrooms available to attendees who need them without fear or difficulty. In the spirit of the movement, this event is in no part in collaboration with police, nor will we seek a permit.”
Meaghan McGoldrick & Todd Maisel write on brooklynpaper.com, “The rally and silent march came days after two Black transgender women — Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells and Riah Milton — were killed within 24 hours of each other. Attendees called for justice for Fells and Milton, as well as Tony McDade, a transgender man who was fatally shot by a Tallahassee police officer; Layleen Polanco, a transgender woman who died while in solitary confinement on Rikers Island; and Nina Pop, a transgender woman who was stabbed to death in Missouri.”
The Instagram account JusticeForGeorgeFloyd said, “After last weekend, I didn’t think I could be any more proud. But I never should have underestimated you, New York.
Powerful doesn’t even begin to explain it — y’all SHUT IT DOWN this weekend. Watching 15,000 of you taking over Brooklyn in a sea of white for #BlackTransLiveMatter march was a truly moment this city will never forget. Our bikers and skaters led the way for protestors on foot, while our artists painted the town with #BlackLivesMatter. And of course, we cheered you all on as y’all circumvented a police blockade and hopped over the barricade into oncoming traffic to cross the Williamsburg Bridge. NYC, you are UNSTOPPABLE.-AM”
Communities United for Police Reform said in a press release, “The pandemic, uprising and collective national cry that Black Lives Matter create an opportunity for New York City to reimagine safety without relying on police, and the movement led by Communities United for Police Reform demands that we redefine what safety means to prioritize housing and food for all, income supports, environmental and transportation justice, and much more. New Yorkers must continue to protest, march, and call their City Councilmembers and Mayor de Blasio to let them know that we won’t settle for less than $1 billion in NYPD cuts – and that these funds must be reinvested in real community health and safety in the neighborhoods devastated by both the pandemic and violent policing – our Black, Latinx and other communities of color. This is not a time to let up, it’s a time to ensure that we are calling for the boldest cuts possible to the NYPD so that there is an equitable recovery and future for all New Yorkers.”
A Caribbean man had a sign that says, “As we protest Black men is still being murdered by the police today!!!”
Atlanta’s police chief Erika Shields stepped down after police officer Garrett Rolfe murdered Rayshard Brooks on Friday night. Rolfe was fire on Saturday, June 13, 2020. The autopsy, performed Sunday, lists Brooks’ cause of death as gunshot wounds to the back. The manner of death is listed as homicide.
The second officer involved in the killing, Devin Brosnan, was placed on administrative duty.
Family members and activists want Rolfe to be arrested and charge for the murder of Brooks. The Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said on Sunday that a decision on whether to bring charges could come around Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
On Sunday, June 14, 2020, Bernie Sanders said on Twitter, “Real change always takes place from the bottom on up, not the top down. The struggle for justice continues on the streets and at the ballot box. And we’re winning some big victories. Keep fighting.”
Bernie Sanders is still on the ballot in New York state. The New York Primary is on June 23. Vote for progressive politicians. This election will be crucial for supporting real progressives, including, in the House, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for District 14, Samelys Lopez for District 15, and Jamaal Bowman in District 16. In the state legislature, Julia Salazar for State Senate District 18, Jabari Brisport for State Senate District 25, and Phil Steck for State Assembly District 110. Click the link for more info: https://www.javiersoriano.com/2020/06/09/the-new-york-primary-is-on-june-23/