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Protesters holds placards Saturday afternoon, May 30, 2020 in Chicago, I.L., as they join national outrage over the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis.
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June 02, 2020 - 2:28 PM

A Penticton resident hopes to build education and awareness about racism with a Black, Indigenous People of Colour protest in the city next weekend.

The gathering is being planned by Autumn Joy Vickers, who hopes to build on numerous demonstrations, protests, marches and activism currently taking place internationally as a result of the death of George Floyd while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.

“It’s going pretty good, there is a lot of interest from people who want to attend,” Vickers says. “I know a lot of people of black or indigenous people of colour are attending, and I’m hoping a number of them will speak over a megaphone, just to share their stories, or any educational facts about what is going on with racism,” she says.

The rally is set for Gyro Park at noon on Sunday, June 7. Vickers is asking those attending to maintain social distancing, be respectful of the pandemic, and wear a mask if possible.

Vickers is calling for a peaceful campaign, asking those wishing to bring signage or placards to include educational facts about racism or hashtags related to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Another rally is proposed for Kamloops at Riverside Park June 4 at noon.

— The headline on this story was changed at 9:59 a.m. June 5. The original headline did not reflect the true nature of the demonstration


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