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Danbury youth organize march to protest racial injustice

Danbury youth are organizing a peaceful march tomorrow afternoon to protest what they see as institutionalized racism and to honor George Floyd, a black man who died last week after a white Minneapolis officer pressed his knee on the man’s neck for several minutes. 

21-year old Solomon James, a Southern Connecticut State University student, and Serenity Schreiber, a soon-to-be Danbury High School graduate, are organizing the event.  It's being supported by several organizations.  Mayor Mark Boughton will be among the speakers at the end of the march. 

It was originally slated to start on North Street, but there are no sidewalks and little parking so the start was moved.  The marchers will meet at Danbury Public Library at 12pm on June 3rd.  The route will turn left on West Street, stopping at City Hall.  The route continues to the right down New Street, around to Kennedy Avenue.  Once on Main Street, the route turns left to the police station.  Marchers plan to do a lap around the police station and turn back down Main Street, ending back at the Danbury Public Library.

Organizers plan to require masks, with donated ones supplied to people who do not have them. The youth are also urging peaceful demonstration.  The Danbury Police Department has granted the group permission to march on the street.

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Dave Rinelli

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