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Title: Protests in Queens
Post by: Matt on June 02, 2020, 02:25:18 PM
Did anyone take part in or witness Saturday's peaceful protest which began at Diversity Plaza? It looks like there was a great turnout based on the photos here: https://qns.com/story/2020/05/30/developing-protesters-take-to-the-streets-of-jackson-heights-woodside/ (https://qns.com/story/2020/05/30/developing-protesters-take-to-the-streets-of-jackson-heights-woodside/)

I wasn't aware this was taking place, but I came across a heavy police presence following the protest when I went to Angel to pick up dinner.

There were other protests throughout Queens over the weekend:
https://patch.com/new-york/queens/queens-protesters-demand-justice-george-floyd (https://patch.com/new-york/queens/queens-protesters-demand-justice-george-floyd)
The video included shows the police kneeling in unity with the protesters which is really moving.

Does anyone know if more are scheduled in our area or elsewhere in Queens soon?

Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: SimoneB on June 03, 2020, 09:47:17 AM
Hi Matt,

You can usually find info about Queens protests on the FB group Hearts Across Queens - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1152295071506879/

On IG, follow @justiceforgeorgenyc for info on protests throughout the city.

Kim
Title: Re: Protests in Queens - Wed in JH
Post by: NYer1008 on June 03, 2020, 12:33:40 PM
According to that Instagram, there is a protest today (June 3) at Travers Park, 2PM
Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: sl on June 04, 2020, 07:50:15 AM
At least there’s no report of looting unlike the Brooklyn, Manhanhattan, and Bronx.
Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: Matt on June 04, 2020, 08:41:34 AM
Thanks, Kim and NYer1008. I don't have Facebook or Instagram accounts, but I can at least view the most recent posts on Instagram. Both have moved to a FOMO model to lure people into joining, but I feel the cost of an account is too high (I realize an account is "free").
Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: itsit on June 04, 2020, 08:44:09 AM
 Am not sure how the Travers Park event to mourn George Floyd's death was publicized, but heard it went well. Has anyone heard of an online event for those who can't attend in person events at this time?
Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: Yankswun98 on June 04, 2020, 08:54:20 AM
The question we need to ask ourselves is, if large gatherings are now allowed why can't our small business be opened? 

Politicians on both sides need to be asked this question.
Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: dssjh on June 04, 2020, 09:58:17 AM
The question we need to ask ourselves is, if large gatherings are now allowed why can't our small business be opened? 

Politicians on both sides need to be asked this question.

they're opening in four days, according to state officials.
Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: Matt on June 04, 2020, 02:03:42 PM
The question we need to ask ourselves is, if large gatherings are now allowed why can't our small business be opened? 

Politicians on both sides need to be asked this question.

The First Amendment allows the protests to take place. Large permitted events such as the LGBTQ Pride Parade have been canceled.

In addition to essential services currently in operation the following businesses are scheduled to open in the first phase of NYC's reopening:

Construction
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
Manufacturing
Wholesale Trade

https://forward.ny.gov/phase-one-industries (https://forward.ny.gov/phase-one-industries)

This likely will include some of our small businesses, but definitely not all. It looks like phase one is on schedule for 6/8 as dssjh mentioned.
Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: AndyJH on June 07, 2020, 02:17:44 PM
There is now a Queens-specific Instagram profile for protests and marches: @justiceforgeorgequeens

https://www.instagram.com/justiceforgeorgequeens/
Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: voelteer on June 08, 2020, 10:20:44 AM
Many thanks for this great, informative thread!

Where can we find information on (participating in) the silent vigil/meditation circle taking place on 34th Ave near the Greenmarket the past two weekends (or so)? Are there other days and/or locations?
Title: Re: Protests in Queens - there's one on Tuesday (June 9)
Post by: NYer1008 on June 08, 2020, 11:49:18 PM
March on June 9 with local officials.
Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: mpw on June 13, 2020, 08:40:41 AM
The Instagram account @justiceforgeorgenyc has daily updates on protests around the city. (It seems to be updated much more frequently than the @justiceforgeorgequeens account for some reason.)

There’s one scheduled for 1pm today at 74th and Roosevelt.
Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: toddg on June 18, 2020, 01:12:04 PM
Defund the Police protests today outside Dromm's building in Jackson Heights...
https://twitter.com/mckenziewark/status/1273661054241947657
Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: Yankswun98 on June 18, 2020, 01:53:32 PM
The local government should be defunded as all government agencies need to cut salaries to make up for the loss of revenue due to Covid-19.
Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: abcdefghijk on June 18, 2020, 02:03:53 PM
No need to worry.

Everything will be defunded due to Covid 19.

I believe, if my history research serves me right, everything was defunded in NYC in the 1970's/1980's.

I am also aware, from reading about it, what NYC was like in those defunded days.

 "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes. Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it. Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them."

George Santayana 1863-1952
Philosopher 



Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: passthekimchi on June 18, 2020, 05:09:46 PM
It's time to defund the police. Money needs to be spent on education, healthcare, mental health, and revitalizing our communities. We don't need militarized police departments anymore.
Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: hfm on June 18, 2020, 06:24:10 PM
No need to worry.

Everything will be defunded due to Covid 19.

I believe, if my history research serves me right, everything was defunded in NYC in the 1970's/1980's.

I am also aware, from reading about it, what NYC was like in those defunded days.

 "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes. Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it. Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them."

George Santayana 1863-1952
Philosopher

Why will everything be de-funded, and what do you base that on?
Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: abcdefghijk on June 18, 2020, 07:23:27 PM
No need to worry.

Everything will be defunded due to Covid 19.

I believe, if my history research serves me right, everything was defunded in NYC in the 1970's/1980's.

I am also aware, from reading about it, what NYC was like in those defunded days.

 "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes. Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it. Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them."

George Santayana 1863-1952
Philosopher

Why will everything be de-funded, and what do you base that on?

Virus Forces a ‘Wartime’ Budget on N.Y.C., With $2 Billion in Cuts
With the city projecting a $7.4 billion loss in tax revenue, municipal services that “can’t be a priority right now” are being slashed, Mayor de Blasio said.

The New York Times.


Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: dssjh on June 18, 2020, 08:23:01 PM
the most recent NYC budget was a hair under $90 billion. $2 billion in cuts is not inconsiderable, but it's hardly a doomsday budget.
Title: Re: Protests in Queens
Post by: abcdefghijk on June 23, 2020, 09:27:19 AM
NPR reports an across the board up to 20% cut in the budget for NYC.
$13 Billion shortfall.

Defunding will happen...