Thousands Marching For Racial Justice And Police Reform In Washington

Written by on August 28, 2020

Hundreds of demonstrators from throughout the nation are gathered on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Friday for a march towards police brutality and racism. The demonstration is being held on the 57th anniversary of the unique March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the seminal civil rights and financial inequality march that culminated in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Friday’s march continues a momentous summer time of reckoning over racism dominated by protests towards police brutality and white supremacy, which had been catalyzed by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and numerous different Black individuals.

Protests have swelled once more this week, after police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shot Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, seven instances within the again, leaving him gravely wounded and paralyzed.

Crowds started lining the Nationwide Mall early Friday morning forward of the 11 a.m. occasion, which can function speeches from the households of Floyd, Taylor, Blake and Eric Garner. The Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III and Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) are additionally scheduled to handle the march.

Demonstrators are following COVID-19 precautions, together with carrying masks and present process temperature checks on the march’s entry level.

Organizers initially anticipated as many as 100,000 members, however are actually anticipating about half as many, as a consequence of pandemic journey restrictions and the District of Columbia’s rule that vacationers from COVID-19 hotspots should quarantine upon arriving.

Along with protesting racism and police violence and calling for legal justice reform, the march, organized by Sharpton’s Nationwide Motion Community, goals to mobilize People to fill out the census and vote within the November elections.

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