Okaloosa Democrats Participate in Peaceful Protests
Democrats stand for racial justice and have a long history of promoting equality and defending civil rights – from the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to fighting the GOP’s current efforts to suppress voters, particularly in communities of color. It was in this spirit that we participated in several vigils in late May and early June. The first was organized by the Okaloosa NAACP and took place in Fort Walton Beach on Sunday May 31. The second was held on Wednesday June 3 in Crestview and was organized by two young women with the help of the City of Crestview and the Okaloosa NAACP.
These protests were carried out in the tradition of nonviolent resistance. Citizens, pastors, and police chiefs came together in unity to say, “Black lives matter.” But there is still work to do. The Florida Democratic Party has called for an end to racial profiling, disproportionate incarceration of people of color, and the militarization of police and police brutality.
There is another protest planned for Sunday, June 7th at 5:00 PM. Gather at Fort Walton Beach City Hall (107 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548) and walk or drive to Liza Jackson Park to Liza Jackson Park (338 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548) for speakers and a rally in the large covered pavilion. The walk is about a mile. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs and wear face masks. JOIN US ON SUNDAY!
“The ultimate measure of a man is is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
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