Organizers announced a peaceful protest has been planned “to Stand in Solidarity with George Floyd, and other victims claimed by violent racial biases” for Saturday, June 6th from 2PM – 5PM in downtown North Bend.
Mount Si High School Senior Salma Habashi said, “I chose to help organize this protest because, along with the rest of the nation, our Snoqualmie and North Bend residents recognize the racial disparities we have in our systems.”
The local organizers have worked with Snoqualmie/North Bend Police during event planning. They want to educate the community on the issue of systemic racial inequality.
Salma said, “When the people of the United States recognize that there is a problem, we come together stronger than ever before. We take to the streets to ask for a change, and that’s such a beautiful thing. We just want to bring our community together to peacefully unite and stand against racism.”
Organizers say the protest is a family friendly, peaceful gathering. It is not affiliated with anyone intending to destroy property or harm others.
Their intention is to unite the Snoqualmie Valley community with the message of kindness and solidarity for the black community.
According to organizers, protestors will not be marching, blocking streets or sidewalks. They will be standing on the sidewalks near the intersection of Bendigo Blvd and North Bend Way and in Twede’s Cafe parking lot.
Twede’s owners were approached and agreed to allow the event, saying, “We believe strongly in the importance of everyone’s right to free speech and peaceful demonstration. Gathering together to amplify our voices is a foundational part of life in the USA, and we are here to support this right in whatever way we can.”
Social distancing and masks are required at the event. Organizers say those safety requirements will be strictly enforced or the event will be shut down immediately. They are asking participants to come prepared with masks, but said they will try to have extra on hand, as well as a water and hand sanitizer station.
The group said it has been in close communication with police, business owners and city staff to ensure the community is aware of their peaceful intentions. They are asking for attendees’ personal accountability to share their message peacefully and reserve the right to ask those who do not comply to leave.
Salma explained, “I ultimately wanted to use the unity that our community has to bring attention to the Black Lives Matter movement, George Floyd, and the other victims that have been taken by police brutality and racial biases. We want it to be known that the system needs to be changed to better support all of our American Citizens.”