Youth Against Violence rally, march, and then confront Benicia Police, who join them in respect and solidarity
Three videos tell the story…
Video by Dr. Teresa Van Woy
The youth of Benicia California gather for a peaceful march following the death of George Floyd. A peaceful gathering at the gazebo followed by a march down First Street, ended up at the Benicia Police Station where officers took a knee to the protesters.
Hundreds of Voices of Anger, Impatience and Hopeful, Peaceful Protest
Unofficial estimates put the crowd at Benicia’s Youth Against Brutality rally at over 300.
One of the high school organizers welcomed everyone and began with a recording of Sam Cook’s 1964 soul anthem, “A Change Is Gonna Come.”
It’s been a long time, a long time coming But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will It’s been too hard living, but I’m afraid to die ‘Cause I don’t know what’s up there, beyond the sky It’s been a long, a long time coming But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will I go to the movie and I go downtown Somebody keep tellin’ me don’t hang around It’s been a long, a long time coming But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will…
The crowd assembled in masks and mostly maintained social distancing of 6 feet.
This reporter wasn’t able to get names of all the young speakers, but every one was moving and articulate. The crowd was with them all the way, clapping, raising signs, and whooping from under their masks.
After the mic was opened for a short time to anyone who wanted to speak, the speakers and organizers led the crowd peacefully down sidewalks on First Street to Marina Green.
Once again, in order to continue maintaining social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Progressive Dems of Benicia will hold our next meeting on Zoom.
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