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A small, peaceful demonstration in Brooklyn Park, and on the curb alongside S.E. Milwaukie Avenue

RITA A. LEONARD - A crowd gathered for the Brooklyn demonstration at the corner of S.E. Milwaukie Avenue and Haig Street. On Monday, June 15, the day after Flag Day, Brooklyn neighbors gathered for a peaceful protest at the east side of Brooklyn Park. The gathering was to air local views on racial justice, police presence, and other issues. At a meeting of the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association, Kimberlea Ruffu and Annelice Townshend suggested the demonstration – described as family-friendly, with medical masks and social distancing encouraged.

About 100 people with signs, bells, and a drum gathered for the demonstration, which lasted about two hours. Participants eventually lined both sides of S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, and vehicles passing by honked their horns. Justice was the main focus, and a recognition that we are all Americans under one flag and one constitution. People chanted and held signs.

There was open discussion of national issues related to Racial Injustice, and also talk of repeating the demonstration a week later. Several folks said, "It's a good showing for our neighborhood," since many had not participated in downtown protests.


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