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Rally planned in support of black community on Spring Garden Road

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Regis Rally

After a weekend march, and rally set up by the Justice for Regis Nova Scotia Coalition, another event is being held tonight outside Park Lane Mall on Spring Garden Road.

Organizers say the "Take a knee to make a stand" event for Monday night is designed to show support for Black people across North America. In a news release sent this weekend regarding their march, they highlighted the recent numbers of people of colour killed that has sparked protests all across Canada and the USA.

Those deaths include George Floyd in Minneapolis, D-Andre Campbell in Peel, Ontario, as well as Eisha Hudson, and James Collins in Winnipeg and Regis Korchinski-Paquet in Toronto.

Korchinski-Paquet's family is demanding answers from the Toronto Police Service about how their 29-year old daughter fell off the 24th storey balcony of their apartment building when only police officers were in the unit with her.

Organizer Sharisha Benedict hopes tonight's rally will bring attention to situations that some people have to experience every day in our community.

"It shows sometimes simply just by somebody crossing the street when they see you because they don't feel safe," she explained. "Or wearing a hoodie could look like you are being intimidating or trying to pursue a criminal act."

"Walking into a store and people, you can see them following you and giving you that side-eye like, 'We're watching you.'"

Monday night's event starts at 7:45 p.m. and supporters are invited to kneel for the same amount of time the former Minneapolis police officer kneeled on the neck of Floyd. That time is eight minutes and 46 seconds.

However, organizers say if kneeling is not comfortable, people are encouraged to show their support in any peaceful way.

"I need to stress that we will be doing social distancing, I know we are all coming together but we also still need to safe," Benedict says.

"Wear your mask and if you don't have a mask, a bandana tightly fastened will do."

She adds hand sanitizers, bottled water and a positive attitude are all also recommended.

Those who can't make the event can still show support by recording themselves taking a knee at home and posting it to the Facebook page.

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