Homer demonstrators join worldwide movement

Jun 1, 2020

Demonstrators at WKFL Park on Pioneer Ave. in Homer Sunday.
Credit Zoe Cramer

Peaceful demonstrations will continue at WKFL Park in Homer every day this week from 2 to 4 p.m. seeking racial justice in response to police violence against African Americans across the country.
    The demonstration, similar to thousands like it large and small around the world, was triggered by the killing of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man, by a Minneapolis Police officer while three other officers watched. It was caught on video and broadcast worldwide.
    Winter Marshall-Allen has organized the End White Silence Movement in Homer.
    “The idea is to advocate for policy change, to show solidarity and to grow allies in our community. It was within the last year that our own local Wasabi was tagged with racial slurs and there's been a history of Alibis and other restaurants having such incidents happen,” Marshall-Allen said. “And Homer is a beautiful bubble, but  it's not as safe as everybody might think it might be and we can make it safer.”

Demonstrators for racial justice at WKFL Park on Sunday.
Credit Zoe Cramer

Marshall-Allen said some angry drivers have made themselves known in different ways, but said the Homer Police Department is keeping everyone there safe. She said that the positive feedback the demonstrators were receiving from the vast majority of motorists far outweighs the negative.