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Geneseo Student + GVCP Rally & March
June 9, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
March route will begin at the Village Park and march through the campus green and Wadsworth St to Court St. . . . At Court St, we will make a right and stop at the county courthouse. Once we reach the county seat, we will begin chants and rallies that will hopefully reach the prisoners and guards behind the courthouse.
After rallying there, we will march [south] down Main St back to the Village Park. On the way, we will briefly stop at President Battle’s House (15 Main St). The march will only be three people wide at most and maintain a distance of 6 feet between each walking segment.
The Geneseo Police Department has told organizers it is impossible for them to close down Main Street. Main Street, however, has been closed for more trivial matters in the past than speaking out against the systemic oppression of Black lives. The urgency of this crisis necessitates civil disobedience and we are asking those safe to do so to join us in marching down Main Street against police orders. Police will be made aware of our intention to march against their wishes ahead of time.
Emma Mandella, Thasfia Chowdhury, and organizer Awab Shawkak plan to speak at the 2:00 p.m. demonstration stating our community demands, and alerting everyone at the demonstration about our intention to march afterward. The local organizers of the 2:00 p.m. demonstration are not affiliated with the march.
GVCP will support this march. We’ll be there with the banner and bullhorn. GVCP members can choose to remain on the sidewalk, which is legal. Others can walk down Main Street, which, in this case, may be considered illegal. If you are planning to participate in nonviolent civil disobedience, you’ll be supported by GVCP, but you should be aware that you could be arrested.
The weather prediction is for sunny and 91 degree temperatures on Tuesday. Bring hats and suntan lotion. Bring water. Maybe bring chairs—it’s OK to sit down!
Everyone’s health is a priority during these demonstrations and we ask that you remind your members to please arrive with gloves, masks, and all the necessary PPE to keep the demonstrations safe. We also ask that members not come within 6 feet of people who they were not already previously exposed to and to make their own signs. There is ample free parking on Second Street and the public lot behind the town hall.
For more information contact Away at <[email protected]>.
This is the opportunity we’ve been waiting for to make our voices heard for racial justice and to show our solidarity with people of color!