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UPDATE: Marching in this year's LGBTQ Pride Parade for Amilcar

Following up from yesterday's email: This just in from Javarré who is organizing the Soul of Pride contingent for Sunday's Pride Parade:
First, I'd like to start by saying thank you! Thank you for your advocacy, boldness and willingness to march with the Soul of Pride Contingent on Sunday, June 26th. As we march on Sunday, remember the theme for the 46th Annual LGBTQ Pride Celebration and Parade is "For Racial and Economic Justice". More importantly, we must utilize this platform to send an unmistakable message to our elected officials and nation that we will not be silent about the murder of our loved ones by the boys in blue. We have additional demands and will not bow down! And in the powerful words of Dr. King, we will continue to fight "Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream." Power to the People!

Soul of Pride Details:
  • Parade Contingent: Soul of Pride
  • Float Number: #78
  • Arrival Time: 9:30 am
  • Location: Spear Street between Mission and Howard
  • Contact Person: Javarré
  • Duration: At least 45 minutes from start to finish
  • Food/drinks: Light breakfast and water provided
  • Transportation: Public transportation recommended
Background: This year at the 46th Annual San Francisco LGBTQ Pride Celebration and Parade, the Soul of Pride Contingent salutes the Black Panther Party (BPP) and commemorates the 50th year anniversary of the founding of the BPP and welcomes former BPP leaders and members to ride with us.

The nation’s eyes will be looking toward San Francisco to see how we respond to the senseless deaths in Orlando, Florida. This is an opportunity for us to seize the moment.

Each year, thousands of spectators line the parade route along Market Street and thousands more watch on their televisions and smart devices. Participation in this parade is an opportunity for the coalitions to reach and expose over a million people to our cause and demands.

Behind the Soul of Pride float, the goal is for the Justice 4 Mario Woods, Justice 4 Amilcar Lopez-Perez, Justice 4 Alex Nieto, Justice 4 Luis Gongora and Justice 4 Jessica Williams Coalitions to march with us. Five coffins have been assembled for us to carry down the parade route to symbolize the egregious murders that continue to take place in San Francisco at the hands of those who vow to protect and serve us.

We Need You!
This is another appeal to ask you to stand with us!  I encourage you to sign up on the link provided below and commit to marching with us.

Again, at this point, we need marchers and individuals to help carry five coffins down the parade route. If you’re interested, please click this link to fill out the survey. Also, feel free to email Javarré at the Mario Woods Coalition.

What to do when the DA announces his decision about Amilcar

Please spread the word!!

Any day now, we expect the DA to announce his decision whether to file murder charges against the officers who killed Amilcar. (Here's a recent op-ed about his upcoming decision in the San Francisco Examiner.)

On the day of the announcement, we'll have a vigil at the site where Amilcar was killed, then march to Mission Police Station for a demonstration and conversation about our next steps.

When: 6pm on the day the DA announces the decision
Where: Folsom Street between 24th and 25th Streets for a brief vigil, then march to Mission Police Station (Valencia and 17th Streets)
On the day of the announcement, look for an email like this one. Also, stay in touch with the Justice for Amilcar Facebook page for updates.

Until the DA announces, we'll continue our vigils for Amilcar at Mission Police Station.

Thanks and congrats to everyone who has been so faithfully showing up these last few weeks! The DA knows we are watching! Keep the momentum!
When: Every Wednesday, 6pm, until the DA announces his decision
Where: Mission Police Station (Valencia and 17th Streets)
About Amilcar

Amilcar Perez-Lopez was a 21-year-old Guatemala immigrant shot to the back six times by San Francisco police on February 26, 2015 as he was running for his life.

Amilcar came to the U.S. when he was 17 to earn money for his family in Guatemala. He worked at construction sites and restaurants throughout San Francisco. Friends and coworkers remember him as a hardworking, thoughtful, generous young man. He provided for his family, sending remittances back home, fruit of his hard labor.

Amilcar is survived by his loving parents and five younger siblings back home in Guatemala. He also had a significant other in San Francisco. His close family and friends affectionately called him “Mica”.
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