Festival to Remember Floyd »Albuquerque Journal

MINNEAPOLIS – The intersection where George Floyd took his last breath will turn into an open-air festival on the anniversary of his death on Tuesday, with food, children’s activities and a long list of performers musical.

“We’re going to turn mourning into dance,” rapper Nur-D tweeted. “We will celebrate 365 days of strength in the face of injustice.”

Floyd, 46, who was black, died on Memorial Day 2020 after then-officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck, pinning him to the ground for about 9 and a half minutes. Chauvin, who is Caucasian, was convicted of murder last month and faces the June 25 conviction. Three other dismissed police officers are still on trial.

The site of the deaths of Floyd, 38th and Chicago, was taken over by activists soon after and remains barricaded to traffic. The “Rise and Remember George Floyd” celebration, including a candlelight vigil at 8 pm, concludes several days of marches, rallies and panel discussions on his death and America’s plight in the face of racial discrimination.

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Many of the Floyd family are expected to be in Washington, DC on Tuesday for a private meeting with President Joe Biden, who called on family members after the Chauvin verdict and pledged to continue fighting for racial justice.

Floyd family attorney Ben Crump said he hoped Biden would renew his support for police reform by the name of George Floyd, which would ban strangles and no-knocking raids and create a national registry for agents sanctioned for serious misconduct.

“Now is the time to act,” Crump told CNN Tuesday. “Not just talk but act.”

Philonise, Floyd’s brother, appearing alongside Crump, said he thought of George “all the time”.

“My sister called me at 12 o’clock last night and said, ‘This is the day our brother left us,'” he said, adding, “I think things have changed. . I think it is moving slowly, but we are making progress. “

Nur-D, real name Matt Allen, took to the streets of Minneapolis in the days following Floyd’s death, often providing medical assistance to protesters who were shot or gassed during clashes with police. He eventually founded an organization, Justice Frontline Aid, to support safe protest.

He described the past year as “like we have lived 20 years inside a” and hoped people would feel “the honesty and a real sense of togetherness” at Tuesday’s celebration at what is. informally known as George Floyd Square.

“If you are angry you can be angry. If you are sad, you can be sad, ”Nur-D said in a follow-up interview. “If you feel some joy over the verdict and some kind of step in the right direction, and you want to celebrate that, then do that too.”

The event was hosted by the George Floyd Global Memorial. Angela Harrelson, a Floyd’s aunt and board member, said the organization had stored 3,000 items surrounding Floyd’s death – things like artwork left behind in the square – and would display some in a pop-up gallery.

The event was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., at the same time Governor Tim Walz asked the Minnesotans to pause for a moment of silence to honor Floyd. Walz requested that the moment be 9 minutes, 29 seconds – the length of time prosecutors say Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck.

Walz’s proclamation says Chauvin’s guilty verdict was a step in the right direction, “but our work to dismantle systemic racism and discrimination is not over. Real justice for George Floyd will only require real, systemic change to prevent such acts from happening again – when every member of every community, regardless of race, is safe, valued and protected.


Find full AP coverage of George Floyd’s death at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-george-floyd

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