OAKDALE- A peaceful demonstration is planned for Wednesday June 3rd, in a small country town east of Manteca to show solidarity with the movement sweeping the nation and around the globe about policing in America. The protest which have spread to every major city in America and beyond have taken place every day since last week when a man in handcuffs, George Floyd, was murdered on film in public as several Minneapolis, Minnesota police officers rested their knees on his back and neck for over 8 minutes as he begged for his life.
Those protests have come to Stockton, which is no stranger to corrupt police and protests in recent years that have caused streets to be closed down and city council meetings interrupted as the city’s first black mayor Michael Tubbs used riot police to brutally remove black mothers of men killed by police.
But the protests that have occurred in Stockton, Manteca, Modesto (other than police attacking citizens and some water bottles thrown at officers on horseback) and Tracy since last weekend have all remained peaceful with several hundreds in attendance.
In some cities like Stockton and Modesto are their are open and legitimate grievances to address. But for the most part the other cities are doing so to show solidarity with a national movement. And that’s where Oakdale organizers come in. However, there are also those who are displaying the very racists hatred protestors seek to address, fueling the national protests to begin with:
These messages were openly posted to a Facebook group called Everything Oakdale (California). This is America. This is the Central Valley.