Black Lives Matter protests continue to grow in the United States and now similar demonstrations are popping up across Canada.
Rallies in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver are ongoing and similar protests are now being held across the Okanagan.
Protests were held in Revelstoke and Salmon Arm Thursday, June 4, and another is scheduled for Friday, June 5, in Kelowna’s Stuart Park at noon — all in solidarity of the Black Lives Matter movement.
A protest in Kamloops was held the same day, despite organizers cancelling the event after being criticized online.
Meanwhile, in Vernon, a lone protester was seen on the corner of 30th Avenue and Highway 97 Thursday with a sign that read “Black Lives Matter | Indigenous Lives Matter.”
Clad in shorts, T-shirt, hat and medical mask, the single protester refused to give his name during his silent protest.
Rumblings of a Vernon-wide protest have been stirring on social media, and one woman has taken it upon herself to begin organizing an event slated for next week.
A protest is slated for 3 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Polson Park in Vernon.
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!! ATTENTION VERNON !! Earth Strike Vernon is teaming up with local independent activists for a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest on June 5 at 3pm. We are using our voice and platform to uplift local activists. As such, this is not a protest that we are organizing and running – we are in a supportive role here. Because of this, we felt that it was necessary to draw up and implement some basic rules and guidelines for members wishing to protest. Please see Slide 2 for COVID-19 guidelines, and Slide 3 for general protest guidelines. Earth Strike Vernon stands in full support and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.