DEMONSTRATION

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Global protests continue as communities rally against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and countless other black Americans before him. 

On May 25, Floyd was killed by a white police officer who knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while he was handcuffed face down in the street. 

Hundreds of Alaskans turned out around the state in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. In Unalaska, over 100 community members gathered downtown last week to show support. 

 

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For the second year in a row, people gathered in solidarity at womens' marches around the globe, with some protesting President Donald Trump, others making a stand for equal rights, and many doing a bit of both. In Unalaska, the Women's March drew 55 people of all ages and all backgrounds.

“I’m proud to sing a song that some students created: 'We’ve been oppressed. Our issues unaddressed. We’re women, women, women!'" chanted Shawna Rudio. “I've got to give a shout out to the students on this one. They’re leading the way and the rest of us will follow.”

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Over the weekend, 60 Unalaskans hit the streets — and the beach— to participate in the People's Climate March.

Local demonstrators joined hundreds of thousands of people nationwide in protesting the Trump administration's policies on the environment and raising awareness about climate change.

"Boom! Like thunder! Climate change will take you under!" High school students led the charge at Unalaska's march, chanting at the front of the group. "Flash! Like lightning! Climate change is so darn frightening!"

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A month after the women’s march, Unalaska activists were back at it Sunday, rallying for human rights. About 30 people turned out for the demonstration led by Alaskans for Compassion and Truth (ACT), a new organization on the island.

Outside City Hall, Amy Purevsuren has gathered a group of Unalaskans. Most are clutching protest signs in one hand and circulating petitions with the other.

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The women’s march on Washington drew half a million people to the nation’s capital on Saturday, with some protesting the election of President Donald Trump, some making a stand for equal rights, and many doing a bit of both.

The event inspired smaller satellite marches around the world, including one in Unalaska.

The weather was cold and clear as more than 80 Unalaskans marched across the Captains Bay Bridge.