A lot of the youth in Yakima are rallying together to support the Black Lives Matter movement for justice.

Some residents are confused about the need for a protest over the death of George Floyd. Mr. Floyd was viciously murdered by ex-Minneapolis training officer, Derek Chauvin, on Monday, May 29th. This act sparked off protests in Minneapolis, including the burning down of the police station as a show of vengeance. Thousands of protests have been happening across the globe to show support for Black Americans demanding police and criminal justice reforms at the federal, state, and local level.

It is actually quite fitting that our Yakima youth are making up the bulk of these local George Floyd protests, after all, it was a 17-year-old girl who filmed the murder of Mr. Floyd on her cell phone. That young woman will no doubt be traumatized about what she saw this police officer do, for the rest of her life.

Actually, anyone who saw the viral video and felt grieved about it will in some way, be forever traumatized, but especially Black people.

Let's support our Yakima youth in their planned protest tonight however we can, because Black lives matter, too!

WHAT: Black Lives Matter Protest. All participants are strongly urged to wear a face mask and following social distancing guidelines of 6 feet separation. Signs are welcomed.

WHERE: Corner of Nob Hill Blvd and Fair Ave

WHEN: Friday, June 5, 2020, at 6 p.m.

PHOTOS: Protests around the world in the wake of George Floyd's death

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