Lehigh Valley Stands Up says Chauvin verdict is what protestors marched for last summer

Written by on April 21, 2021

Lehigh Valley Stands Up says Chauvin verdict is what protestors marched for last summer

By Ben Stemrich

April 21, 2021

Black Lives Matter Lehigh Valley members gather in downtown Allentown to call on people to vote in the coming municipal elections. Photo | Tyler Pratt / WLVR.

Lehigh Valley activists are reacting to the guilty verdict on April 20 in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd. 

Floyd’s death last May sparked protests across the nation last summer.

Local organizer Ashleigh Strange, with Lehigh Valley Stands Up, helped lead demonstrations across the region.

“All of the people that were with us in Bethlehem, the people that were with us in Bethlehem, the people in Easton, the people that turned up in Wilkes Barre. All those people turned up because this is what they wanted to see,” Strange says. 

A “Say Their Names” rally will be held on May 2, she says, to recognize other victims of excessive use of force by police.

“I know that this verdict is not going to stop all police brutality, I know that this verdict is not going to bring George back to his daughter, his brother, his mother. But I can still feel hope,” Strange says. 

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