Local group plans “Say Their Names” protest for downtown Salisbury

Local group plans “Say Their Names” protest for downtown Salisbury
The protest is in response to three recent incidents that made national news. (Source: Submitted photo)

SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) - In response to the three prominent national cases of violent racial killings, Women for Community Justice is organizing a mobile protest in downtown Salisbury on Saturday.

A press release says that “because of the vigilante killing of Ahmaud Arbery and the brutal police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, WCJ is mobilizing to protest the continuing violence, impunity and murder of people of color. WCJ feels that these national cases need to be kept in the forefront of people’s collective memories in order to confront the systemic issues of racial injustice and express outrage that the killings are unending.”

The mobile car protest will occur Saturday, May 30 at 4:30 pm in downtown Salisbury.

Organizers say it will be conducted as a show of solidarity to the families and others who are seeking justice in Brunswick, Georgia, in Louisville, Kentucky and in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The press release included a quote featuring the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Police Chief Jerry Stokes issued a statement regarding the planned protest:

“Salisbury is a diverse community that respects all people and affords everyone the right to peacefully protest. As protesters prepare to participate in a planned, mobile protest tomorrow, May 30, we would like to inform everyone to be mindful that violence, intimidation and intolerance in any form, shape or fashion will not be permitted. Any deviation from this standard will be addressed accordingly,” Chief Stokes said.

The mission of Women for Community Justice is to promote trusting relationships between our community and local, state, and federal governments based on principles of equity, cultural and racial respect, and transparency in all actions and decisions.

Copyright 2020 WBTV. All rights reserved.