KALAMAZOO ORGANIZERS HOLD VIGIL FOR GEORGE FLOYD

KALAMAZOO ORGANIZERS HOLD VIGIL FOR GEORGE FLOYD

Kalamazoo, MI- Last night, youth and community organizers gathered to show solidarity and to continue to memorialize the short lived life of George Floyd who was killed by police last summer. Organized by Corianna McDowell and Quintin Bryant according to the Facebook post.

George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while being arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. Derek Chauvin, a white police officer with the Minneapolis Police Department, knelt on Floyd’s neck for approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds after he was handcuffed and lying face down in the street.

Floyd complained about being unable to breathe prior to being on the ground, but after being restrained he became more distressed, and continued to complain about breathing difficulties. Officer Chauvin placed his neck on the neck of Floyd until medics told him to.

Today is the first day trial began for the officer, Derek Chauvin, accused of who killed George Floyd. “I feel that we can not allow our voices to be silent”. Organizers met at 8:00pm with signs, and solidarity to show our community & the world we stand together. In addition to the program, there was a moment of silence for 8:46 that same length of time that George laid on the ground pleading for his life as the officer left his knees pressed against his neck until he passed away.

LIVE COVERAGE OF Derek Chauvin case https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=744978849344129&ref=search

Check out Kalamazoo organizers and youth stand in solidarity for JUSTICE!  https://youtu.be/a-38ALEc5_I

Stories That Unite Us

Be part of this unique opportunity to learn, interact and reflect on issues like education, housing, criminal justice, immigration, the political system and the Flint water crisis, and how you can get involved Kalamazoo. “Stories that Unite Us” is the theme of a Kalamazoo community event planned as a part of the National Day of Racial Healing inspired by W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Initiative (TRHT).

The event, free and open to the public, includes heavy appetizers, an introduction to TRHT and previews of the EPIX Original Documentary Series “America Divided” that explores inequality in America, along with opportunities to interact and reflect. There will also be a review of the recommendations put forth at the TRHT summit hosted by W.K. Kellogg Foundation in December, which resulted in the National Day of Healing, as well as opportunities to get involved locally.

Area include: ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community), SHARE (Society for History and Racial Equity), Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan, Black Arts & Cultural Center, ERACCE (Eliminating Racism & Creating/Celebrating Equity), Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center/Welcoming Michigan and Kalamazoo Community Foundation.

Learn more about “American Divided” at https://americadividedseries.com/

Learn more about Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Enterprise at https://www.wkkf.org/what-we-do/racial-equity/truth-racial-healing-transformation

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