Several protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death will take place in communities on the East End this weekend.
Following peaceful protests in Riverhead, Bridgehampton, Southampton Village, Westhampton, and East Hampton, the movement against police brutality and racial injustice will continue in Riverhead on Saturday and on Sunday in Hampton Bays and on Shelter Island.
“Riverhead’s Peaceful Protest on 58” will be held at the traffic circle next to Peconic Bay Medical Center. The group will start to gather at noon, but get started at 1 PM.
“We will be peaceful, but we will be heard loud and clear,” Margarita Jimenez, one of the organizers wrote on Facebook. “We will be holding an 8 minute moment of silence on our knees around the traffic circle, in memory of George Floyd.”
They are also selling T-shirts, the proceeds of which will be donated to the George Floyd GoFundMe account. T-shirts for adults says, “When the color of your skin is seen as a weapon, you will never be UNARMED.” Children’s T-shirts read: “When do I go from Cute to DANGEROUS?”
“Shelter Island in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter” will take place on Sunday, June 14, at 1 PM, starting from the Shelter Island School at 33 North Ferry Road. Protestors will gather in the parking lot and it is expected to last two hours.
Shelter Island’s protest is organized by three high school seniors; Henry Binder, Emma Gallagher, and Abby Kotula. They have attended four other protests over the past week. Binder said they have always wanted to get involved. “And in the Black Lives Matter movement specifically we feel that change must come because black rights are basic human rights, so we have to do anything we can to end racism and educate ourselves along the way,” he said.
Binder started a social media account and with his friends organized the protest on Shelter Island — “because there has never been anything like a civil rights protest in our community,” he said. “Then we gathered other community members, college students, and high school students to help us organize this effort, and now we will finally have our own protest.”
They are encouraging fellow protestors to bring signs and “be loud and proud.” Permits, security, traffic stops, and public bathrooms are in place, Binder said.
“And we can’t wait to have everyone come out and march with us,” he added.
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