Perhaps as many as 500 people rallied peacefully in Oneonta’s Muller Plaza this afternoon to hear Rev. LaDana Clark, a former police officer, above, say, “Most of our police are trying to do the right thing, but it’s the bad apples have to be checked and removed! There can be no peace as long as an officer can place his knee on the neck of a black man and take his life in front of our eyes!” As is happening nationwide, SUNY Oneonta student Sadie Starr Lincoln, Oneonta, inset left, organized this afternoon’s protest calling for justice and an end to racism following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Other speakers included SUNY students Johnson Brown and Kimberly Miller; Rev. Craig Schwalenberg, pastor, Unitarian Universalist Society and Shannon McHugh, a member of the city’s Community Relations & Human Rights Commission. Attendees were urged to vote, to speak out when they see incidents of racism and to join the NAACP, Oneonta chapter; Rev. Cynthia Walton-Leavitt of the Red Door Church was on site with NAACP membership applications. The crowd filled Muller Plaza and spread across the street. Since social distancing was difficult, organizers urged attendees to be tested for COVID-19 following the gathering. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
CHRISTCHURCH MASSACRE REMEMBERED
By IAN AUSTIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
SIDNEY CENTER – Spiritual leaders, mayors, law-enforcement officers, friends and neighbors gathered Sunday evening at the Sufi Muslim community of Osmanli Dergahi here to express solidarity after the mass shooting in Christ Church, New Zealand.
“You coming here shows you care.” said Junaid Khan, a leader of the community. “Facebook, twitter, they don’t matter. Thank you for taking action and coming here. It means a lot to us.”
A gunman entered Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch during Friday Prayer on March 15 and shot almost 100 worshipers, killing 50, in the worst mass shooting in that nation’s history.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAY 13
WOMEN’S HISTORY – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Celebrate women in Edmeston’s history this Mother’s day. Edmeston Museum, 1 North St., Edmeston. Call 607-293-6635 or visit www.edmestonny.org/mothers-day-at-the-edmeston-museum/
MOTHERS DAY – 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. All Mothers get free admission to the Joseph L. Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory, 5802 St. Hwy. 7, Oneonta. Call 607-435-2238 or visit www.facebook.com/Joseph-L-Popp-Jr-Butterfly-Conservatory-119385884741701/