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Peaceful Protests Saturday and Sunday in Tulsa

Posted at 3:44 PM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-30 16:51:37-04

With violent protests breaking out in Minnesota, one peaceful demonstration is scheduled for Saturday and one for Sunday in Tulsa.

The organizers of these events say they want to start a conversation, and stress that it's going to take a calm rally to do so.

Tykebrean Cheshier, a rally organizer, tells us "the message is peaceful. It's a peaceful rally, I've never held one that isn't.

Ninety-nine years to the day since the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, thousands are expected to gather on Brookside and Greenwood.

The goal is to show the progress that's been made, and recognize how much is left to go.

Cheshier says "This is sacred ground, so I want everybody to remember that it has to be peaceful for that reason. We can't be crazy because of what happened here and why we're here today."

Organizers are stressing safety and are working with Tulsa Police to maintain it.

Tulsa Police Chief, Wendell Franklin, wouldn't go into detail about the protests, but did share his insight on Twitter about what's going on across the country.

Franklin says police must do a better job and hold themselves to a higher standard, which is his focus as a chief.

Mayor G.T. Bynum supporting the demonstrations that will take place over the weekend.

"If people need an outlet to make their voice heard, then a peaceful protest is about as American as it gets", Bynum says.

Organizers are hoping to take a new step in bringing to light race issues that face their communities every day.

Sarvi Amjadi, a rally co-host, tells us"This isn't about war on each other, it's more so about understanding each other, and understanding our communities."

Organizers are still asking people to socially distance, or drive by and honk to show support.

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