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Rockaway Leads Actions for Justice

Just ahead of the guilty-on-all counts verdict for Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd, groups gathered around Rockaway to demand justice not only for Floyd, but all involved in police shootings, including the recent shootings of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo. On Saturday, April 17, the Black Surfing Association spearheaded another paddle out and local organizations led a peaceful march along the boardwalk for these causes.

The morning began with a paddle out organized by Lou Harris of the East Coast Black Surfing Association. This was one of several paddle outs that Harris has organized over the past year for George Floyd and others in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Dozens of surfers turned out on Saturday on Beach 91st Street for a nine minute and 29-second paddle out, the length of the video showing Officer Chauvin with his knee on George Floyd’s neck last year, to honor Floyd’s life, but with the latest killings of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, the paddle out carried a deeper purpose of demanding justice for all.

Later that morning, Rockaway Revolution, the BLM Caucus, the Laru Beya Collective, Your Anti-Racist Neighbors and Rockaway Women for Progress led a march to “demand and end to state-sanctioned murder” in honor of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, both shot and killed by police in the past month. Dozens gathered on bike and foot for the peaceful march that went from Beach 75th to Beach 105th on the boardwalk. New York City mayoral candidate Dianne Morales also came out for the event to show her support.

On Tuesday, April 20, some justice was served as Chauvin was convicted on all three charges in the murder of Floyd.


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