Local racial justice protests and vigils this weekend

We just wanted to let you know about a few upcoming vigils and marches for racial justice. If you go, please consider sporting some Our Revolution gear (but please also carry BLM signs).

Please also consider donating to this campaign to help fund community bail funds in support of the racial justice protesters: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd

Friday | June 5 | 7 pm | Arlington

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/606837110187754/

Join us for a Cacerolazo (pots and pans rally) for Black Lives – Friday, June 5 at 7pm. This rally will be in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives and demands for accountability for the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and countless others who have lost their lives to white supremacy and police violence, including here in Virginia.

We’ll gather at Tyrol Hill Park at 7PM.

Please:-Wear a face covering-Maintain physical distancing-Bring your pots and pans-Bring signs that say #BlackLivesMatter

Friday | June 5 | 7 pm | Alexandria

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/894144537770981/

A Vigil for Victims of Police Brutality

Tenants and Workers and La ColectiVA are also hosting A Vigil for Victims of Police Brutality in Alexandria at 7:00pm tonight, Friday June 5.

Let’s join in solidarity with our Black community. Please bring a candle, poster, or other tribute to honor the lives lost at the hands of police. We will gather in the parking lot behind TWU’s building at 3801 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305.For everyone’s safety, please wear a face covering.

Saturday | June 6 | 10 am | Arlington

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2856448944635379/

Say Their Names: A Peaceful Protest in Arlington, VA partnering with Arlington NAACP

Program for the Day:– Gather in front of Columbia Pike Library, we will say the names of those who have lost their lives at the hands of police brutality and hold space to reflect as a community.- March, with face masks and socially distanced, from Columbia Pike Library to Ballston.- Gather in Ballston (farmer’s market area) to say the names of those who have lost their lives at the hands of police brutality and hold space to reflect as a community.- March, with face masks and socially distanced, from Ballston to Courthouse.- Gather at Courthouse, at Ellen Bozeman Government Center, to join in with the NAACP – Arlington Chapter’s Rally.

What to Expect: ACPD will escort us and provide road blockages, as well as water/snack stations along the route, and medical support.- This is a pedestrian-based event, NO CARS will be allowed to caravan, to ensure the highest public safety while marching.- Social distance that you self-manage, creating adequate space between you and others. Please be aware of your space at all times and make a concerted effort to social distance.

What to Bring: Signs for yourself and extras for others, if you can.- WEAR YOUR MASK AT ALL TIMES.- Water/Snacks.- Hats/sunglasses.- Wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen.

Saturday | June 6 | 12 p.m. | Arlington

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/267280987918165/

Arlington Branch NAACP WeAreDoneDying Rally with Yolande Kwinana
WeAreDoneDying Rally “A Demand for Policy Change”

JOIN Arlington Branch 7047 of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Ms. Yolande Kwinana,Arlington County Community Leaders and Activists

Due to COVID-19, attendees are asked to practice established social distancing practices and wear personal protective equipment as appropriate. The event will be live streamed on Facebook Arlington Branch NAACP.

Note: Civil disturbances are violent protests which lack constitutional protection. The NAACP does not condone civil disturbances and advises members and citizens they should not become engaged in such activity. A hallmark of the NAACP has been its effectiveness in using peaceful or civil remedies to right wrongs.

Saturday | June 6 | 1 pm | Arlington

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/249106162987913/

Arlington March for Black Lives

Saturday 12 PM – 5 PM
Court House, Arlington, Virginia
Arlington, Virginia 22201

Arlingtonians are coming together to stand in solidarity in a peaceful protest against racial oppression.

We will convene at the Arlington Courthouse at noon on Saturday, June 6 and march together past the Iwo Jima Memorial and across the Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King Memorial. From there, we will march up to Lafayette Park to join peaceful protests demanding meaningful and urgent reforms for racial justice.

All are welcome and loved. Bring a mask and join us!

Saturday | June 6 | 5 pm | Arlington

Stop Policing through Tech

We honor the lives of #GeorgeFloyd, #BreonnaTaylor, #AhmaudArbery, #TonyMcDade and countless others lost to white supremacist police violence. Join us in condemning the killing and brutalizing of beloved community members — this Saturday (6/6) at 5 PM in VA Highlands Park in Arlington, VA while we make noise to demand the stop to policing Black and migrant communities.

We know surveillance through tech is a tool of oppression that gets folks in our communities incarcerated + deported. We #SayTheirNames and want to #DefundPolice, and know these steps need to be taken locally.

‼️What to bring‼️

  1. Masks! We’re still in a pandemic 😷
  2. Pots, pans, megaphones — anything to make noise!
  3. SIGNS: Any signs that you’ve been using with BLM, NO Justice/No Peace, or new signs with our demands!


We hope to see ORA members at one or two of these events. 

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