There's a Rally against Police Violence in Dallas Tonight

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Jana Jackson
The Continental Bridge Park, site of the vigil.
In the wake of violent clashes in Ferguson, Missouri, a candlelight vigil has been planned for the Continental Deck Park tonight at 6 p.m. As part of what's being called a "National Moment of Silence," attendees will observe a moment of silence, then be given the chance to speak out about police brutality, says the event's Dallas organizer, Ebony Isaac.

"At 6:20 everybody does the moment of silence, and then if people want to speak, I wanted to give anybody who wanted to speak a chance to speak."

Isaac is a underwriter's assistant and part-time bartender, not an activist. She's organizing the event because she's been touched by the use, or overuse, of force by the police personally.

"My brother's arm was broken in 2008 for being a pedestrian in a walkway," she says. The officer is still on the force, and Isaac says she still sees him from time to time.

As the idea for the National Moment of Silence gained steam on Twitter, Isaac looked for a Dallas event. When none was forthcoming, she took on local organizing herself.

"There was no point in continuing to wait and sit idly waiting for someone else to do it," she says. "I just took it upon myself to make sure that Dallas could have somewhere to come and gather."

The event is not affiliated with an Anonymous push for what they're calling "Day of Rage" rallies, which are also scheduled to be hosted around the country today. Isaac stressed that tonight's event is intended to be peaceful and that she doesn't expect any conflict with DPD. Police officials have not returned calls for comment.

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pak152
pak152

any rallies protesting black on black crime???

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

If you get 100 people to show up, thirty will get West Nile disease, but we expect a full report from UP regardless. Strap a hatcam on an intern.

I'll be demonstrating for non-violence by listening to Marley, at home.

nakedlens
nakedlens

It probably would have helped if they had announced this more than an hour and a half before the event.

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

Not a very good spot for a protest, silent or not.  There are only two exits, if you don't count the long drop to the Trinity River bottoms from over the side.  If something goes wrong, a lot of people could be seriously hurt.

PammieG
PammieG

candlelight vigil at 6pm? Hmmm

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Which public figure would Dallas prefer speak at this event, quoted #1 or quoted #2?

1. "So you combine the cops overstepping the Constitution and their bounds …. and the militarization of our police force and you have a very bad combination. How does that end?”

2. "[Obama is] from Kenya, he's a Mau-Mau".

J_A_
J_A_

What an absolutely ignorant comment.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheRuddSki

I think it's the heat.  August.  I hate August.  Fuck August.

I think I'll jump in my Outback and head North 'til I run out from under this heat.

Glacier National Park.  Yeah!  That's the ticket!

I'll hike until September.

Hasta Luego and don't let the dipshits bite.

you'll become infected in this heat.

pak152
pak152

@J_A_ so you're okay with black on black crime?, no need to protest it? no need to stop it?. I think they call that turning a blind eye to the problem

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ryan762

"he" being whom, former or latter?

As for jumping off the bridge, just where is the Dallas base-jumping community anyway, PK?

ryan762
ryan762

@TheRuddSki or New Black Panther guy? (I looked it up. I thought I remembered Huckabee saying something about Mau Mau in relation to Obama). 


I'd be fine if both jumped off a bridge. 

ryan762
ryan762

@TheRuddSki I assumed they were both Glen Beck. But is the second one Huckabee?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ryan762

Cover yourself, hate everyone.

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