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Feb 21 - 2-3pm RAPID RESPONSE ACTION
We will join a march in Grosse Pointe Park to push back against racist intimidation and demonstrate support for a black family in our community. Location TBD. Hate Has No Home Here- Rally in Support of the Dinges Family
Here is an article describing the incident:
Bowens: Grosse Pointe Resident Displays KKK Flag For Black Neighbor To See
Rally Directions copied from the Facebook event:
Sunday Feb. 21, 2PM EST – 3 PM ESTHate Has No Home Here- Rally in Support of the Dinges FamilyOn Feb 16th the Dinges family, African American GP Park residents, discovered their neighbor was flying a KKK flag pointed at their side window. While the symbol of white supremacist terrorism has been removed, we are gathering to show support for the Dinges family and to make it clear hate has NO Home in GP. Socially Distanced. Masks REQUIRED. Co-hosts/supporters Grosse Pointes & Harper Woods NAACP, St. Paul AME, the Grosse Pointe Democratic Club, Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church-Racial Equity Task Force, Grosse Pointe Congregational Church UCC, Detroit 300, Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Whosoever Ministries UCC. Specific event details and additional co-hosts to come.
Event Details/ Route/ Parking
Message: Peaceful, family-friendly march to CLEARLY send the message that Hate has NO home in Grosse Pointe AND that we stand in solidarity to support the Dinges family. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs supporting the message of the Hate has NO Home in GP Event.
Where: Grosse Pointe Park
Attendees with last name A-K PLEASE Park in St. Paul AME Church lot (1385 Wayburn 48230)
Attendees with last names L-Z PLEASE Park in St. Ambrose Church lot (15020 Hampton 48230)
March Details/ Route: In order to be as COVID safe as possible, in respect for the health of our community, this will be a mask REQUIRED march. We will walk the route SOCIALLY DISTANCED along the sidewalk.
During the march, speakers will be streamed via Facebook live on the WE GP FB page for all attendees to listen while we march. The recording will also be available online afterward.
Attendees parking in St Ambrose Lot (last name L-Z) will begin the March along the East/ Even side of Wayburn, walk to the dead end at Wayburn and Mack where there will be an opportunity to sign posters with message of support for the Dinges family, return along the ODD side of Wayburn, with an opportunity to send a video message at the roundabout area about why you are marching with us today against racism and hate, continue back to St Ambrose lot at the end of the March.
Attendees parking in St. Paul AME lot (last name A-K) will begin the march at Wayburn and Charlevoix walking along the Odd/West side of the street, walking towards Jefferson. At the Kercheval roundabout area there will be an opportunity to send a video message about why you are marching with us today against racism and hate. Marchers will continue to Wayburn and Hampton, cross to the Even/East side of Wayburn and March to the dead end at Mack and Wayburn where there will be an opportunity to sign posters with a message of support for the Dinges family. Marchers will cross to the Odd/West side of the street and return to St Paul AME lot as the end of the March.
Health and Safety: To protect the health of all present and the community, together with the Dinges family, we are asking for attendees to remain socially distanced and masked at all times and NOT to gather in groups at either Lot or along the route. We appreciate the PEACEFUL, STRONG, and VISIBLE rejection of hate and racism in our community and the tremendous outpouring of support for the Dinges family.
Speakers (streamed via Facebook live)
Rev Sarah Godbehere- Grosse Pointe Memorial Church
Adam Hollier- State Senator
Darci McConnell- Grosse Pointe Park Council Member
Cynthia Douglas- President, Grosse Pointes & Harper Woods NAACP
Joe Tate- State House
Greg Bowens- Grosse Pointe Park Resident, Justice Activist
Vikas Relan- Grosse Pointe Park Council Member, DEI Committee
Rev Jeffrey Baker- St. Paul AME
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