Demonstration: Say No to Trump's war against the First Amendment and his use of police violence against peaceful protest

Pictured: Black LIves Matter Plaza, created by the Government of the District of Columbia, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.(Photo: tedeytan [CC BY-SA creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0])

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A growing and diverse set of groups to converge on the White House tonight at 6:28 p.m.

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Demonstration: Say No to Trump's war against the First Amendment and his use of police violence against peaceful protest

When: Monday, June 15 at 6:28 p.m.

Where: Lafayette Park at the White House

Who: Join Justice First, Stop Police Terror Project DC, Sanctuary DMV, People Power Action, ANSWER Coalition, Luqman Nation, The Will Merrifield Campaign, LinkUp, US Labor Against the War, GWU Students Against Imperialism, Party for Socialism & Liberation (PSL)

6:28 p.m., June 1, 2020 will be remembered as a defining moment in Trump’s War Against Free Speech Rights

On Monday, June 15 at 6:28 p.m., exactly two weeks to the minute that police agencies unleashed a violent assault on peaceful protesters and the media at H and 16th St. NW so that Trump could hold a photo op, we are returning to the scene of the crime to demand "Stop Police Violence & Defend the First Amendment."

On Monday, June 1 at 6:28 p.m. outside the White House, multiple police agencies unleashed a violent assault against a peaceful protest demanding justice for George Floyd. People were shot with stinger grenades, rubber bullets, pepper sprayed and gassed so that Trump could hold a photo op holding a bible on the north side of Lafayette Park. This was a criminal assault against the people. The Pentagon and D.C. police acted as Trump's accomplices. Those officials who helped Trump carry out this attack should be fired and criminally prosecuted. 

"The people of this country were the targets of state-sponsored violence when they went to the streets to demand justice for George Floyd. Trump's ultra-militarized response backfired and this became a nationwide revolt against racism. What happened to us at 6:28 p.m. on Monday, June 1, one block north of the White House showed that Trump would use violence against peaceful protests and the media just so he could portray himself as a 'tough guy' and a 'strong leader.' Many were injured and our voices momentarily suppressed. But the people of this country rose up after this criminal display of violence against peaceful protest by a narcissistic president who is personally imbued with racism and only cares about himself," stated Sean Blackmon, one of the organizers of the upcoming June 15 protest. 

Monday, June 15 will also be the third week since the murder of George Floyd. The movement against the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others is now a nationwide revolt against racism, demanding far-reaching reforms.  

On Monday, June 15 at 6:28 p.m., protesters will come back to the White House to demand that there is a stop to the war on Black America. This is a revolt against racism! People will reclaim the streets and stop the war on free speech and dissent.

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