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Afternoon rally held in Albany in wake of George Floyd's death

Jacquie Slater
Updated: May 30, 2020 10:58 PM
Created: May 30, 2020 03:04 PM

ALBANY -- A large group of people came out for a rally and protest Saturday afternoon in Albany in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.

The gathering began at Townsend Park and was organized by Citizen Action.

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In contrast to what's been seen in other parts of the country, Saturday's rally and protest was relatively peaceful.

The emotions behind it, however, came from the same place. Social distancing gave way to pent up anger and frustration.

It comes after nights of violence in cities like Minneapolis, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

"It is black people and white people, latin, all of us standing together from Albany, Schenectady and Troy saying we are here for each other and we're not gonna have this anymore," said Jamaica Miles, one of the rally co-organizers.

The day began with a rally, then took to the streets for a 2.23 mile solidarity walk in honor of Ahmaud Arbery who was killed by two white men while out running on Feb. 23.

Arbery's death, followed by George Floyd's death at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis earlier in the week, Miles said is a call to action to end hundreds of years of white supremacy and racial injustice.

""This is the beginning of the next civil rights movement. That is the moment that we are in. That is what we're building here in the capital district," said Miles.

Another rally will be held next week in Troy.


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