Wednesday, May 26, 2021. New York City – On Monday, May 25, 2020, former police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd. On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, was the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd.
On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, different groups and organizations in New York City held rallies and marches to remember the one year anniversary.
Warriors of the garden, Freedom March NYC, Kimberly Bernard, Nupol Kiazolu and It’s a Strategy marched from Foley Square, Manhattan to the Brooklyn Museum in the borough of Brooklyn. They held a remembrance vigil at the Brooklyn Museum. Trans women Qween Andy Jean and Joe Rivera were two of the speakers.
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“Palestinians support the Black Intifada. Justice for George Floyd.”
The group Within our Lifetime • United for Palestine said on social media, “Today on the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, we send our love and rage to his family and loved ones, to the people of Minneapolis and to all victims of U.S. state violence.
After a video recording of Floyd’s extrajudicial killing by police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, suffocating him to death, went viral, Minneapolis erupted into an uprising, and a new chapter of the Black Intifada against the racist police state in the US began.
From Minnesota, to coast to coast, to everywhere in between, the largest mass protests in US history were met with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets, brutally attacking protesters, carrying out mass arrests, disappearing people and depriving them of their constitutional rights. Within Our Lifetime saw this first hand on the streets of Brooklyn and throughout the city in the days that followed George Floyd’s murder as we took to the streets.
As we reflect on this one year anniversary, we are also guided by the words of Omowale Clay of the December 12th Movement, who gave the following speech in front of thousands of people on Saturday at our Queens Rally To Defend Palestine:
“In 1987 the December 12th Movement on the streets of Brooklyn created the slogan “No Justice – No Peace.” And that slogan has become an international slogan because wherever people are oppressed, if there is no justice, there cannot be any peace … Palestine was invaded and colonized, we were kidnapped from Africa and enslaved in America. And until we end our colonization, until you end your colonization, nobody in the world can be free. BLACK POWER! And I leave you with one slogan, because we all contribute to each other’s struggle. When they tell us to get out, we say “We ain’t going NOWHERE!”
From Minneapolis to Gaza, and everywhere where colonized and oppressed people are forced to fight for their very survival – there will continue to be resistance until liberation.”
Black Lives Matter supports Palestine.
On Monday, May 17, 2021, Black Lives Matter said on Twitter, “Black Lives Matter stands in solidarity with Palestinians. We are a movement committed to ending settler colonialism in all forms and will continue to advocate for Palestinian liberation. ( always have. And always will be ). #freepalestine”
On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, the BDS Movement responded to Black Lives Matter. “Thank you for your solidarity. From Ferguson to Palestine, our struggles against racism, white supremacy and for a just world are united!,” said BDS.
List of demonstrations in New York City in support of Palestine.
These are some of the rallies and marches happening in New York City: https://www.javiersoriano.com/2021/05/21/demonstrations-in-support-of-palestine/
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