Updated: Black Lives Matter Protest Rally in Bishop on Tuesday

A Black Lives Matter Protest Rally has been organized by Luke Kinney for Tuesday, June 2nd, at Bishop City Park.

“Friends and Family of The Inyo Valley ‘Payahuunadü’ stand with us together on Tuesday to speak out against racism, tyranny, and inequality.”

Participants are asked to meet at the Bishop City Park at 9:00 a.m.

Masks must be worn, and social/physical distancing must be kept.

Violence will not be tolerated. If you are immune compromised, please support the protest from home. This is a peaceful gathering with a direct message.

Mission Statement #blacklivesmatter: “To honor the life of George Floyd, and the countless other black lives taken unjustly throughout our history. To acknowledge racism as a systemic and ongoing disease still active and present within our communities and world.

This is not a protest about Trump…this is about black lives and acknowledging white privilege. This protest is a peaceful gathering of human beings who share a vision of a world without racism and prejudice.”

Signs will be available before the protest begins, and materials to make your own.

Protest organizers will expect your sign to reflect our mission statement and not your own agenda. Inappropriate signs will not be allowed. If you have any questions on appropriate signage, please feel free to run it past event organizer, Luke Kinney.

Protest Schedule:
9am~ Meet at Bishop City Park, organize signage and gather (respect appropriate distance from each other)

9:30am~ 10 min of silence in honor of George Floyd.

10am-11am~ Protest begin.

[NOTE: Update (6/01/2020) Friends and Family who plan on joining the protest tomorrow, due to the concern of looters and non locals arriving to cause trouble and potential violence we will NOT be leaving Bishop City Park! We will stand in Solidarity together! If you are part of this peaceful protest in the spirit of MLK, you will stand with us. If you are walking on the streets protesting you are not a part of our vision for this event. We love our local businesses.. .they are our livelihood and foundation to our great town. Our voices will he heard. Now is the time to come and stand with us! There is no better time.-Luke Kinney]

 

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Greg Weirick
Greg Weirick
2 years ago

No march planned or implied. Was merely going to hold some American flags across the street. So my good cop, bad cop spiel and talk of showing up was so terrifying to you and them that they recognized me just driving by? I was part of the concern and cancellation?… Read more »

History lessons
History lessons
2 years ago
Reply to  Greg Weirick

Fascism due to BLM??? Huh? As for all those future generations not learning the lessons of history let me ask you this Greg – What did YOUR generation learn a few decades ago after Rodney King was beaten by police and it was filmed?? Maybe if those older generations had… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  Greg Weirick

@Greg, Funny how they’re “indoctrinated” but you’re not. I guess that perspective just depends on who you are and where you sit. You can write off our younger generation as Koolaid drinkers if you like. I’d say you’re just drinking your Koolaid from a different pitcher, that’s all. All of… Read more »

Greg Weirick
Greg Weirick
2 years ago

Have to report that I and others driving Main st Bishop yesterday encountered numerous protestors at the park despite official reports of its cancellation? On top of that, numerous one finger salutes were observed coming from the “peaceful protestors”! So much for a sincere legit message of equality and love… Read more »

Charles James
2 years ago
Reply to  Greg Weirick

Perhaps they recognized you?

Greg Weirick
Greg Weirick
2 years ago
Reply to  Charles James

Nice try Jones and Dennison. I condemned Floyds murder, never said one word about antifa coming and never called the protest violent! What i did write is right there for world to see, but in your millenial hysteria your just going off on me! Floyd has a long criminal record… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
2 years ago
Reply to  Greg Weirick

Greg Weirick I’m calling BS on your statement and comment there. No yelling,no threats,no “one finger salutes” coming from them. If any of that going on would’ve been those driving by(the few) maybe doing it TO THEM, the ones that were hoping the protest would’ve gone ahead,and hoping for or… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  Greg Weirick

Hey Greg, although I’m way beyond that age, you’d better start taking our millennials seriously, because they are the ones who are molding our future. So agree with them or not, it would be foolish to ignore them. And you were driving down Main? What happened to your march in… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
2 years ago

Charles O.Jones EXCELLENT !! When I read Greg’s “support Law Enforcement rally” post earlier,I was thinking a perfect example of someone trying to stir a pot of trouble. What does supporting Law Enforcement have to do with ANY of this ? Ask any Law Enforcement officer or personal if they… Read more »

Stop non-essential travel
Stop non-essential travel
2 years ago
Reply to  Greg Weirick

I’m far beyond millennial age and I’ve been using the “one-finger salute” since I was about 12 so it’s hardly a “millennial thing” ! It’s so so so sad that you infer, by citing a “criminal history and bizarre behavior” that “George Floyd had it coming” – Please provide a… Read more »

Stop non-essential travel
Stop non-essential travel
2 years ago
Reply to  Greg Weirick

Maybe you’re just “that bad” of a driver and you had those “one finger salutes” coming to you.

Mono resident
Mono resident
2 years ago

Thank you for organizing this. We will be there to support what should be uncontroversial: that black lives matter.

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
2 years ago

Thank you for your service and your words Gunny.

Elaine Birmingham
Elaine Birmingham
2 years ago

Have heard the rumor that organizers are busing in protestors from out of the area. How safe is that?

Inyo K
Inyo K
2 years ago

– started the rumor, you mean

Don’t Spread Rumors
Don’t Spread Rumors
2 years ago

Elaine please don’t add fuel to these fires. It’s easy enough to contact the organizer through his Facebook linked in the article and ask him. This gives an opportunity to get everything out in the open and find out if something is even true before getting people riled up and… Read more »

Marine Gunny
Marine Gunny
2 years ago

A peaceful protest (peaceably to assemble) is protected under the 1st Amendment of our Constitution. When a protest is no longer peaceful it is no longer protected, and ultimately in violation of the law and the constitution. I gave 20 years of my life to protect and defend The Constitution… Read more »

Bleach Babe
Bleach Babe
2 years ago

Everyone knows this will end up getting out of control.

Stop non-essential travel
Stop non-essential travel
2 years ago
Reply to  Bleach Babe

I don’t know this, and YOU don’t know this, unless YOU have something planned in mind …..

Ian
Ian
2 years ago

Gman aka Jerry aka A.F. seems like you have multiple personality disorder. Speak for yourself. As a citizen of Bishop, I personally welcome a peaceful gathering to show solidarity towards supporting the core American values of equality and justice. This isn’t going to be a riot—Antifa or the Proud Boys… Read more »

Art
Art
2 years ago

I am an educated professional and involved in community organizations as well as charitable organizations. I am always respectful of everyone including law enforment officers yes I was abused, insulted, and detained for no justified reason and threatened. That is unwarranted and unnecessary. We, as citizens and tax payers do… Read more »

Mary Ellen
Mary Ellen
2 years ago

Who are you Luke Kinney? Are you really so uninformed, so ignorant, so delusional that you think anyone will buy your idea that a BLM protest can be peaceful? What planet did you just come from? We live here peacefully, and here you are bringing the threat of all kinds… Read more »

Ian
Ian
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Ellen

God, the pearl-clutching on this site is over the top. Who’s the snowflake now? Freedom of speech is as American as apple pie. If you don’t like the realities of freedom, free speech, and individual liberty, move to communist China. Speaking of audacity, who elected you to speak for everyone… Read more »

Gman5250
Gman5250
2 years ago

I know it’s a shock, but last I saw…everyone got thrown under the bus in the bunk Covid lock downs, Black, White, Asian, Indigenous…everyone. FYI…all lives matter, not just black lives. BLM has a history of that cannot be erased with your “good intentions”. You cannot guarantee that Agents Provocateur… Read more »

Jerry Hahn
Jerry Hahn
2 years ago

…….who and where are these leftists being taught this garbage? WE ALL abhor the treatment of that person with a knee on his neck dying. We are NOT morons but the vile left is destroying America with their ignorance, lies and violence…

David Dennison
David Dennison
2 years ago
Reply to  Jerry Hahn

Jerry Hahn In some people’s opinions,from what we see with our own eyes and hear with our own ears,the so-called “right” and their lies have turned this Country,not only upside down,but has also made America the laughing stock for the rest of the world. Seems many people now,at least about… Read more »

Greg Weirick
Greg Weirick
2 years ago
Reply to  Jerry Hahn

Some commenters here need to walk a mile in cops shoes and then reply. Everyday they go to work, they and their families wonder if they’ll come home that night! Lots of talk about police reform and Floyds death is a tragic Crime, but….. he had committed a crime and… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  Greg Weirick

Glad you’re “not defending his murder at all” (even though it kind of sounds like you are). That aside, I agree, our LEO’s have a very difficult job and we’d all do them a solid by acknowledging that truth. We’d also do a service to the millions of Americans of… Read more »

A. F.
A. F.
2 years ago

Don’t bring this to our town. WE don’t want your protest, your riots, your vandalism. Store owners and businesses have already been hammered by the government, and don’t need more from you. Protest in your hearts from home! Stay away from us. We will NOT Tolerate your shit! There is… Read more »

Connie
Connie
2 years ago

Please, NO!

Good bye
Good bye
2 years ago

Gee I wonder how most of these people will get the day off?

Greg Weirick
Greg Weirick
2 years ago

A few bad cops ,who’ve either been arrested or fired, don’t make all cops bad.
Let’s show peaceful support for all good cops by countering this protest with American flags on Tuesday at 10 am on Main street .

dpblue
dpblue
2 years ago
Reply to  Greg Weirick

Greg, this is not a protest against cops.
If you read the mission statement is says nothing about cops.
Its a protest against racial inequality and prejudice.
To peacefully protest what one considers an injustice is one of the most patriotic things an democratic society member can do.

Art
Art
2 years ago
Reply to  dpblue

Greg, The problem is bigger than an isolated bad apple. I respectful disagree. The entire law enforcement needs training for de-escalation, mediation, cultural sensitivity, diversity training, and a major attitude adjustment! It is not just a few bad apples. There is rampant abuse and inequality! I Know of several normal… Read more »

Art
Art
2 years ago
Reply to  Art

I am an educated professional and involved in community organizations as well as charitable organizations. I am always respectful of everyone including law enforment officers yes I was abused, insulted, and detained for no justified reason and threatened. That is unwarranted and unnecessary. We, as citizens and tax payers do… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  Greg Weirick

I don’t hear anyone saying all cops are bad, most are good people.

Our flag stands of liberty and justice for all, yet too many in our country are not experiencing this. Good cops understand this and are doing their part to overcome these disparities. Some cops are not.

Art
Art
2 years ago

Abuse of power is rampant and it is not just limited to an occasional bad apple. Greg, I have to respectfully disagree with your assertion. Our entire law enforcement needs training for de-escalation, mediation, cultural sensitivity, diversity training, and a major attitude adjustment! It is not just a few random… Read more »

Jennifer
Jennifer
2 years ago
Reply to  Greg Weirick

I’m confused, this is a peaceful protest about racism but in the same sentence he said “white privilege”. Isnt that racist in its self?

quacque
quacque
2 years ago
Reply to  Jennifer

No, that is not racist in itself, though I’m surte the glib rejoinder makes you feel smug. Racism (like sexism) is about power relations. . . as is white privilege. It doesn’t take a lot of thought (or even–gasp–research) to understand what’s at stake here, why it’s happening, what it… Read more »

Indygal
Indygal
2 years ago

So happy to have the opportunity to vent my anguish for the inhumane treatment of George Floyd in a non-violent manner. Thank you to the organizers.

Stop non-essential travel
Stop non-essential travel
2 years ago
Reply to  Indygal

Agree. Thank you to the organizers. I cannot attend in person but will participate by honoring 30-min of silence from 9:30-10:00.

Mono Person
Mono Person
2 years ago

Can you be silent for longer than 30 minutes….

Stop non-essential travel
Stop non-essential travel
2 years ago
Reply to  Mono Person

done ! 🙂 twice !

Stop non-essential travel
Stop non-essential travel
2 years ago
Reply to  Mono Person

MP, in all honesty, your post made me smile. You reminded me of my older sister LOL!

Mono Person
Mono Person
2 years ago

No, I’m your mom, go sit in the corner and think about your words! LOL…People take such offense to things these days, we need to remember that everyone has a different perspective on things

R. farley
R. farley
2 years ago

Pointer,
Leave all looting tools and spray cans at home