The Black Lives Matter protest for George Floyd began at the steps of St. Louis City Hall on June 7th. The organizers explained in detail what the protest stood for and voiced their demands to the crowd.
Protesters’ Speech at St. Louis City Hall
The reason we planned this protest is because we are tired, tired of the blunt racism, tired of the oppression, tired of the black disregard for black lives shown by police officers within this country.
We are tired of being tired of being tired. With this we have created a list of demands for this process against police murder.
Firstly, we demand reparations for the black community. The black community demands reparations and equity for current and past harms inflicted due to systematic racisim and the wealth that has been extracted from our communities as such.
We want equity within various political and economic systems that consistently deny us equal lively hood to our non-black counterparts.
We demand law enforcement needs to be defunded and demilitarized because those funds should be reallocated to the advancement of black communities.
We demand black people be tried in court by juries consisting of members from their respective black communities.
We demand black people be tried in court by individuals who are directly involved within their respective communities instead of all white juries.
We demand community control of law enforcement. As stated by the Black Lives Matter movement, this would include the end of the privatization of education and making sure communities themselves have the power to hire and fire officers, determine disciplinary action, control budgets and policies and subpoena relevant agency information when needed.
We demand the abolishment and reconstruction of the police system from the bottom up.
Close The Workhouse Speech was eloquently done by a 21 year old gentleman from East St. Louis, Thursday, June 18th in the middle of Hall Street.
CLOSE THE WORKHOUSE in St. Louis has become a popular phrase and an ongoing endeavor with ExpectUs and other protesters.
The Workhouse is inhumane and cost millions to keep running which comes out of our taxes. This Jail is a waste of money, money that could be allocated to city schools, infrastructure, job training and the like.
Juneteenth was the best dance party I have ever been to in Downtown St. Louis. Hundreds of people showed up to have fun and dance in front of St. Louis City Hall on Tucker Boulevard, which was a dance floor on steroids.
In the midst of all the trials and tribulations going on, this was a time to forget about work and have some fun. The goal was achieved and then some. It was such a blessing to see everyone, young and old, having such a good time including myself.
Juneteenth was organized by Expect Us, an organization that connects with others and builds bridges with like minded people.
South Tucker Blvd. and Market Street were completely blocked off by barricades and guarded by police. This created a huge party space and dance floor. There were hundreds, young and old, who took to the street to dance to their favorite songs.
Angel, an activist and community speaker, talked to the crowd about equality and the meaning of Juneteenth. Immediately following was the dancing and fun.
The stereo was so big it was on a flatbed truck that filled downtown with music and joy. Everyone had a wonderful time and will come next year since Juneteenth is now an annual downtown event.
During the Juneteenth celebration Cori Bush, candidate for US Congress 1st District, gave s a powerful speech on the Emancipation Proclamation and slavery at St. Louis City Hall.
Mrs. Bush said, “Every single strike, every single strike that one of our ancestors took. I am saying our ancestors because we are here right now because we had an ancestor there at that moment. Every strike across the backs of our ancestors could have broken them.” The pain slaves endured during lashings was unbearable and inhumane.
“In 1863, this Emancipation Proclamation came forward January 1st that said that we were free.’ Bush continued with, “It wasn’t until June 19 of 1865 that the word made it all the way across the south, lastly in Galveston, TX that said we are unequivocally free.”
Juneteenth was a block party with lots of dancing and fun Friday evening in front of St. Louis City Hall on Tucker Boulevard in Downtown St. Louis. The stereo speakers used were hauled in on a flatbed that filled city streets with music for the first time in a long time.
Juneteenth is a holiday held annually on June 19th which celebrates the emancipation of black people who were enslaved in America. (source wikipedia.org/Juneteenth)
ExpectUS organized the celebration and it was a great success. Tucker Boulevard was turned into the biggest dance floor I have ever seen. Painted yellow on Tucker Blvd. was the word REPARATIONS, which is the right thing to do.
I have joined the Black Lives Matter movement and will fight for true equality in this country. I am old and thought things were getting better until I watched George Floyd’s murder. I was shocked that the other cops did nothing while the crowd was yelling. I then questioned how many murders occur by police that aren’t on film for the world to see.
Now that I am part of the movement, should I fear for my safety? When will I be pulled over, assaulted and put in jail on a trump charge? The famous American phrase “Land of the Free” is a farce as long as black people continue to be enslaved by inequality and the poor reside in the streets.
The people in ExpectUS work tirelessly, putting themselves in danger each time they protest. They bravely do this to make America a better place, a place where true equality will exist one day. more at https://www.facebook.com/FrontLineA1/
Cori Bush and other community activists protested to have the Workhouse closed down permanently. This is the dreadful jail that holds presumed-innocent people before a trial, people who are unable to pay for bail after getting arrested. This is unconstitutional.
The citizens jailed at the workhouse consist of mostly black folk and/or the poor. The conditions of the “Medium Security Institution” are abysmal, not fit for humans. Hence our protest.
The presumption of innocence is the legal principle that one is considered innocent until proven guilty. In many countries, the presumption of innocence is a legal right of the accused in a criminal trial, and it is an international human right under the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 11 Source:
Artists react by painting boarded up windows along The Delmar Loop and now locals show their appreciation with accolades and verbal kudos in a live survey recorded on video as we talked with people while walking through The Loop in University City.
Artist _stutisinha said, ” Me and Katie, of course are part of the Asian community, wanted to do something inspiring supporting Black Lives. So basically what we’re painting is a tiger which represents Asia, a symbol throughout the continent and then a black panther coming together in this time.”
Artist katiexu1, an Asian American as well stated, “I just wanted to show solidarity with my community supporting the black community. We doing a tiger-black-panther piece and they are coming together to fight the same cause, to fight for equality and justice. “
Some of the boarded up businesses have already taking theirs down and the rest of the boarded up artwork is slated to be auctioned off by the city. The plywood was originally put up in case looting but no such thing has happen in the area.
“Paint The Loop” is a program designed to beautify The Delmar Loop neighborhood in the City of University City. The highly successful program was organized by Jessica Bueler Contractor in University City and Allison Bamberger Director of Communications in University City.
Cori Bush, candidate for Missouri Congress, gave a very powerful and touching speech about the Delmar Divide in the parking lot of the former Cicero’s before marching down Delmar Blvd. in University City.
Cori said, “There is no peace when black bodies are being murdered everyday by police. There is no peace when we have one side of Delmar that’s marginalized and oppressed and then we have the other side of Delmar that lives totally different; there is no peace there.”
The “Delmar Divide” historically known as “redlining” is a symbol of the racial and economic division in St. Louis. Together, let’s demand a new beginning of intentional community and governmental efforts that build up north city and north county.
ExpectUS organized the march which was coined “Divided We Fall March” representing the disparities between the privileged that live south of Delmar vs the disenfranchised that live north of Delmar.
I never considered myself racist but by not taking action for George Floyd’s murder, actions like yelling from the rooftops, donating, volunteering, protesting, telling my family and friends about the systematic murders of African Americans by the police, I was being a racist. By me being silent, I was inadvertently condoning the murder of George Floyd. “Silence is Violence” so speak up.
Paint The Loop is a community program where artist paint boarded up businesses along The Delmar Loop to beautify University City. The most popular painting so far in the portrait of George Floyd next to The Vault and Which Wich Sandwich Shop which by the way has delicious turkey sandwiches.
The painting has been a daily routine for local artist for the last four days. When they don’t finish, they just come back the next day. The business owners really appreciate the artists making their store fronts look better.
The painting event was organized by Jessica Bueler, a contractor for University City and Allison Bamberger, Director of Communications for University City.
I asked Ben what inspired him to do this. He so eloquently said…..
A friend shared that a bunch of people were coming down here to U City to paint the boarded up windows. And as an Artist myself, I thought it would be a good opportunity to contribute, to help the movement in any way possible, to bring attention to what’s going on in the country lately.
I mostly paint portraits and I thought a portrait of George Floyd would be appropriate. I see him as a symbol for the injustice that people across the country are facing and then to bring attention to the police and their treatment of African Americans.
by Ben Angelly
Ben’s words were moving. I thought as long as we have people like Ben in the world, there will always be hope for a better future. God Bless Ben and all that join the fight for Black Lives Matter. You can follow Artist Ben Angelly at: Instagram @angelly701