Updated: Black Lives Matter Protest Rally in Bishop on Tuesday

A Black Lives Matter Protest Rally has been organized by Luke Kinney for Tuesday, June 2nd, at Bishop City Park.

“Friends and Family of The Inyo Valley ‘Payahuunadü’ stand with us together on Tuesday to speak out against racism, tyranny, and inequality.”

Participants are asked to meet at the Bishop City Park at 9:00 a.m.

Masks must be worn, and social/physical distancing must be kept.

Violence will not be tolerated. If you are immune compromised, please support the protest from home. This is a peaceful gathering with a direct message.

Mission Statement #blacklivesmatter: “To honor the life of George Floyd, and the countless other black lives taken unjustly throughout our history. To acknowledge racism as a systemic and ongoing disease still active and present within our communities and world.

This is not a protest about Trump…this is about black lives and acknowledging white privilege. This protest is a peaceful gathering of human beings who share a vision of a world without racism and prejudice.”

Signs will be available before the protest begins, and materials to make your own.

Protest organizers will expect your sign to reflect our mission statement and not your own agenda. Inappropriate signs will not be allowed. If you have any questions on appropriate signage, please feel free to run it past event organizer, Luke Kinney.

Protest Schedule:
9am~ Meet at Bishop City Park, organize signage and gather (respect appropriate distance from each other)

9:30am~ 10 min of silence in honor of George Floyd.

10am-11am~ Protest begin.

[NOTE: Update (6/01/2020) Friends and Family who plan on joining the protest tomorrow, due to the concern of looters and non locals arriving to cause trouble and potential violence we will NOT be leaving Bishop City Park! We will stand in Solidarity together! If you are part of this peaceful protest in the spirit of MLK, you will stand with us. If you are walking on the streets protesting you are not a part of our vision for this event. We love our local businesses.. .they are our livelihood and foundation to our great town. Our voices will he heard. Now is the time to come and stand with us! There is no better time.-Luke Kinney]

 

 

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46 Responses to Updated: Black Lives Matter Protest Rally in Bishop on Tuesday

  1. Greg Weirick June 4, 2020 at 6:09 pm #

    No march planned or implied. Was merely going to hold some American flags across the street.
    So my good cop, bad cop spiel and talk of showing up was so terrifying to you and them that they recognized me just driving by? I was part of the concern and cancellation? Comical yet tragic Charles.
    Free speech for them, but alternative views unacceptable! This is the New World Order that will destroy the greatest country that’s ever been. Who’s telling them they will still be able to enjoy anything like the lifestyle we now are blessed with under Fascism?
    When future generations show they understand the lessons of history, they will be taken more seriously. Problem is they are being indoctrinated in the schools and our rich history is being distorted to death!
    The protestors really did flip off a motorist driving by, but wasn’t me. He was flying a Trump flag and it must have been so terrifying to see an alternate point of view , its no wonder they lost their cool and showed their true maturity!
    As long as rural America gets to vote, they wont be running this country!
    Good day Charles.

     
    • History lessons June 4, 2020 at 9:21 pm #

      Fascism due to BLM??? Huh?
      As for all those future generations not learning the lessons of history let me ask you this Greg – What did YOUR generation learn a few decades ago after Rodney King was beaten by police and it was filmed?? Maybe if those older generations had taken the time to understand the lessons of history, there would not have to be a BLM movement today. And maybe then we could take you more seriously.

       
    • Charles O. Jones June 5, 2020 at 12:18 pm #

      @Greg,
      Funny how they’re “indoctrinated” but you’re not. I guess that perspective just depends on who you are and where you sit. You can write off our younger generation as Koolaid drinkers if you like. I’d say you’re just drinking your Koolaid from a different pitcher, that’s all. All of which means absolutely zilch, as we’re all entitled to our opinions.

      And telling that you didn’t bother to show up with your flag once the other event was allegedly canceled. You just confirmed your plan was more about opposing something than actually showing support.

       
  2. Greg Weirick June 3, 2020 at 3:37 pm #

    Have to report that I and others driving Main st Bishop yesterday encountered numerous protestors at the park despite official reports of its cancellation? On top of that, numerous one finger salutes were observed coming from the “peaceful protestors”! So much for a sincere legit message of equality and love for ones fellow man! And millenials wonder why they aren’t taken seriously!

     
    • Charles James June 3, 2020 at 4:57 pm #

      Perhaps they recognized you?

       
      • Greg Weirick June 4, 2020 at 9:06 pm #

        Nice try Jones and Dennison. I condemned Floyds murder, never said one word about antifa coming and never called the protest violent! What i did write is right there for world to see, but in your millenial hysteria your just going off on me!
        Floyd has a long criminal record and real news sources report his bizarre behavior after passing the bogus bill and the resistance he put up to being arrested! Problem is Truth has no place in your agenda.
        Many said your protest had nothing to fo with cops, yet look how psycho you two become over my simple truth that 99% of cops are good caring defenders of the good citizens of this country!

         
    • David Dennison June 3, 2020 at 6:11 pm #

      Greg Weirick
      I’m calling BS on your statement and comment there.
      No yelling,no threats,no “one finger salutes” coming from them.
      If any of that going on would’ve been those driving by(the few) maybe doing it TO THEM, the ones that were hoping the protest would’ve gone ahead,and hoping for or causing the problems and then trying to blame the protesters for anything that might have happened.
      I’m sure your going to “tweet” and post somewhere you saw Antifa flags waving,bus loads of out-of-towners showing up in Bishop with hammers,gas cans,matches and wearing running shoes with big empty trash bags ready to fill them up with shoes,cell phones and merchandise..

       
    • Charles O. Jones June 4, 2020 at 2:32 pm #

      Hey Greg, although I’m way beyond that age, you’d better start taking our millennials seriously, because they are the ones who are molding our future. So agree with them or not, it would be foolish to ignore them.

      And you were driving down Main? What happened to your march in support of our law enforcement folks?

       
      • David Dennison June 4, 2020 at 5:20 pm #

        Charles O.Jones
        EXCELLENT !!
        When I read Greg’s “support Law Enforcement rally” post earlier,I was thinking a perfect example of someone trying to stir a pot of trouble.
        What does supporting Law Enforcement have to do with ANY of this ?
        Ask any Law Enforcement officer or personal if they support what those 4 officers did,and would have gotten away with doing to George Floyd if not for the cell phone camera…even so,Greg Weirick is blaming George Floyd for his own death and feeling those officers did no wrong.His comment,saying “if he hadn’t committed a crime,he’d be alive today”…who’s to say he even knew the $20 bill he passed was fake?..or is he saying George Floyd was making counterfeit money and passing it ?
        One time years ago,I received a fake $20 bill at a business I was working at,my boss being a dick made me buy it back from him,and I passed it on myself so I wouldn’t be out $20 of my own,since it looked so real.
        I’m glad I’m alive today to tell the story.
        When that peaceful protest was first announced for Bishop,we all saw what Greg Weirick had to say about it….the busloads of looters on their way.
        When it was announced the planned organized part of it was cancelled,we see what he had to say about the “rumors” he was hearing was going to happen.
        And then when the kinda grass-roots protest still did go on, what he had to say above on his post on this story,how “violent” it was when “he drove by”…
        Obvious,his type and his thinking,a big part of the problem so many are talking about now.

         
    • Stop non-essential travel June 6, 2020 at 6:04 pm #

      I’m far beyond millennial age and I’ve been using the “one-finger salute” since I was about 12 so it’s hardly a “millennial thing” ! It’s so so so sad that you infer, by citing a “criminal history and bizarre behavior” that “George Floyd had it coming” – Please provide a link to the “real news” video evidence, that apparently only YOU have seen, showing George Floyd’s level of resistance to arrest that justified a knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes, all while he was face down on the street with his hands cuffed behind his neck, begging for his life. You can’t “condemn his death” and then infer that he deserved this. Give it a rest Weirick.

       
    • Stop non-essential travel June 6, 2020 at 6:07 pm #

      Maybe you’re just “that bad” of a driver and you had those “one finger salutes” coming to you.

       
  3. Mono resident June 1, 2020 at 9:03 pm #

    Thank you for organizing this. We will be there to support what should be uncontroversial: that black lives matter.

     
  4. Philip Anaya June 1, 2020 at 7:30 pm #

    Thank you for your service and your words Gunny.

     
  5. Elaine Birmingham June 1, 2020 at 6:38 pm #

    Have heard the rumor that organizers are busing in protestors from out of the area. How safe is that?

     
    • Inyo K June 2, 2020 at 4:03 am #

      – started the rumor, you mean

       
    • Don’t Spread Rumors June 3, 2020 at 9:40 am #

      Elaine please don’t add fuel to these fires. It’s easy enough to contact the organizer through his Facebook linked in the article and ask him. This gives an opportunity to get everything out in the open and find out if something is even true before getting people riled up and scared.
      If you are afraid of contacting the organizer directly, you can share your concerns with the local police. They are obviously keeping tabs on the situation and have lots of experience dealing with fear and people struggling with their own responses to fear. There’s enough scary stuff in the world right now, let’s try dealing with our fears in a positive and constructive way, not by spreading gossip and rumors.

       
  6. Marine Gunny June 1, 2020 at 4:40 pm #

    A peaceful protest (peaceably to assemble) is protected under the 1st Amendment of our Constitution. When a protest is no longer peaceful it is no longer protected, and ultimately in violation of the law and the constitution. I gave 20 years of my life to protect and defend The Constitution of the Untied States of America, which means I support the 1st amendment, along with all of the other amendments. My support of the 1st Amendment does not mean I support BLM, but I do support BLM’s right to protest. I also support your right to counter protest as long as it is peaceful and doesn’t incite violence. You can likely also join the BLM side and display the American Flag or you can organize your own peaceful protest if you choose.

    Finally, I support your 1st Amendment right to verbally bash me after reading this.

     
  7. Bleach Babe June 1, 2020 at 3:17 pm #

    Everyone knows this will end up getting out of control.

     
    • Stop non-essential travel June 1, 2020 at 7:02 pm #

      I don’t know this, and YOU don’t know this, unless YOU have something planned in mind …..

       
  8. Ian June 1, 2020 at 2:40 pm #

    Gman aka Jerry aka A.F. seems like you have multiple personality disorder.

    Speak for yourself. As a citizen of Bishop, I personally welcome a peaceful gathering to show solidarity towards supporting the core American values of equality and justice.

    This isn’t going to be a riot—Antifa or the Proud Boys are not going to be sending disruptors to Bishop. It’s at 9 am in broad daylight on a Tuesday. The Bishop PD hasn’t had anything to look forward to for months, I’m sure they will be there to protect everyone and be bored sitting in their cars for two hours.

    To me, standing up against racism isn’t anti-cop. It isn’t anti-Republican. It isn’t anti-Trump. For me, this issue is about how racism continues to erode the core American values of liberty and justice for all. Standing up to racism is patriotic.

     
  9. Art June 1, 2020 at 1:54 pm #

    I am an educated professional and involved in community organizations as well as charitable organizations. I am always respectful of everyone including law enforment officers yes I was abused, insulted, and detained for no justified reason and threatened. That is unwarranted and unnecessary. We, as citizens and tax payers do have basic rights and do not deserve our civil liberties violated. Plain and simple!

    Equality and justice for all which includes law enforcement officials too so they have to accountable just as we citizen are held to.

     
  10. Mary Ellen June 1, 2020 at 1:29 pm #

    Who are you Luke Kinney? Are you really so uninformed, so ignorant, so delusional that you think anyone will buy your idea that a BLM protest can be peaceful? What planet did you just come from? We live here peacefully, and here you are bringing the threat of all kinds of violence to our peaceful community. You are not welcome to do that. We are all furious with you for your audacity and ignorance. You’ve got people commenting that they are “So happy to have the opportunity to vent my anguish” – that sounds real peaceful. Go back to San Diego, you dope.

     
    • Ian June 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm #

      God, the pearl-clutching on this site is over the top. Who’s the snowflake now? Freedom of speech is as American as apple pie. If you don’t like the realities of freedom, free speech, and individual liberty, move to communist China.

      Speaking of audacity, who elected you to speak for everyone in Bishop? You don’t for a second speak for me. Luke, this is your town just as much as Mary Ellen’s.

       
  11. Gman5250 June 1, 2020 at 1:07 pm #

    I know it’s a shock, but last I saw…everyone got thrown under the bus in the bunk Covid lock downs, Black, White, Asian, Indigenous…everyone.

    FYI…all lives matter, not just black lives. BLM has a history of that cannot be erased with your “good intentions”. You cannot guarantee that Agents Provocateur will not infiltrate your peaceful demonstration. This is merely an opportunistic ploy in a community that is already decimated by lock downs.

    Unfortunately, I viewed a video of a young man being beaten into a coma by what MSM describes as peaceful protesters. It looked more like a jumping in.

    I don’t trust your protest as far as I can toss a piano.

    IMHO

     
  12. Jerry Hahn June 1, 2020 at 1:05 pm #

    …….who and where are these leftists being taught this garbage? WE ALL abhor the treatment of that person with a knee on his neck dying. We are NOT morons but the vile left is destroying America with their ignorance, lies and violence…

     
    • David Dennison June 1, 2020 at 3:58 pm #

      Jerry Hahn
      In some people’s opinions,from what we see with our own eyes and hear with our own ears,the so-called “right” and their lies have turned this Country,not only upside down,but has also made America the laughing stock for the rest of the world.
      Seems many people now,at least about 37 % of them can’t even think on their own,how to feel or what to say about much of anything unless they’re being told how to do it and what they hear from the daily,almost hourly “tweets” from the white house.

       
    • Greg Weirick June 1, 2020 at 7:05 pm #

      Some commenters here need to walk a mile in cops shoes and then reply. Everyday they go to work, they and their families wonder if they’ll come home that night! Lots of talk about police reform and Floyds death is a tragic Crime, but…..
      he had committed a crime and if he hadnt resisted arrest before the video started, he’d still be alive. Not defending his Murder at all, but bad guys bring police abuse on themselves by resisting legitimate arrest! I truly feel for others who have suffered police abuse for no cause other than their color!
      This is still the greatest country in the world to live no matter your color, and Id be honored to have others join me expressing that tomorrow by flying your flag with me in peaceful, respectful observance of that.

       
      • Charles O. Jones June 1, 2020 at 8:58 pm #

        Glad you’re “not defending his murder at all” (even though it kind of sounds like you are).

        That aside, I agree, our LEO’s have a very difficult job and we’d all do them a solid by acknowledging that truth. We’d also do a service to the millions of Americans of color by trying to “walk a mile in their shoes”. Because cops clearly aren’t the only ones who’ve been treated unfairly in this country.

        If you want to organize a rally in support our law enforcement folks, great, many of us may join you. But when you want to organize it in the form of a counter protest against a very real problem in our society, you count me out.

         
  13. A. F. June 1, 2020 at 12:44 pm #

    Don’t bring this to our town. WE don’t want your protest, your riots, your vandalism. Store owners and businesses have already been hammered by the government, and don’t need more from you. Protest in your hearts from home! Stay away from us. We will NOT Tolerate your shit!
    There is no way you can guarantee provocateurs will not be brought in. We do not trust you or your group. Why in the world would you think we would? BLM does not have a good, peaceful reputation. Why would your group be any different?

     
  14. Connie June 1, 2020 at 11:33 am #

    Please, NO!

     
  15. Good bye June 1, 2020 at 8:45 am #

    Gee I wonder how most of these people will get the day off?

     
  16. Greg Weirick June 1, 2020 at 7:37 am #

    A few bad cops ,who’ve either been arrested or fired, don’t make all cops bad.
    Let’s show peaceful support for all good cops by countering this protest with American flags on Tuesday at 10 am on Main street .

     
    • dpblue June 1, 2020 at 10:34 am #

      Greg, this is not a protest against cops.
      If you read the mission statement is says nothing about cops.
      Its a protest against racial inequality and prejudice.
      To peacefully protest what one considers an injustice is one of the most patriotic things an democratic society member can do.

       
      • Art June 1, 2020 at 12:36 pm #

        Greg, The problem is bigger than an isolated bad apple. I respectful disagree.

        The entire law enforcement needs training for de-escalation, mediation, cultural sensitivity, diversity training, and a major attitude adjustment!

        It is not just a few bad apples. There is rampant abuse and inequality!

        I Know of several normal or reasonable people with no criminal record that have had gun pulled on them and verbally abused.

         
        • Art June 1, 2020 at 1:40 pm #

          I am an educated professional and involved in community organizations as well as charitable organizations. I am always respectful of everyone including law enforment officers yes I was abused, insulted, and detained for no justified reason and threatened. That is unwarranted and unnecessary. We, as citizens and tax payers do have basic rights and do not deserve our civil liberties violated. Plain and simple!

          Equality and justice for all which includes law enforcement officials too so they have to accountable just as we citizen are held to.

           
    • Charles O. Jones June 1, 2020 at 11:49 am #

      I don’t hear anyone saying all cops are bad, most are good people.

      Our flag stands of liberty and justice for all, yet too many in our country are not experiencing this. Good cops understand this and are doing their part to overcome these disparities. Some cops are not.

       
      • Art June 1, 2020 at 1:31 pm #

        Abuse of power is rampant and it is not just limited to an occasional bad apple. Greg, I have to respectfully disagree with your assertion.

        Our entire law enforcement needs training for de-escalation, mediation, cultural sensitivity, diversity training, and a major attitude adjustment!

        It is not just a few random bad apples. This is endemic misuse of power with rampant abuse and inequality!

        I Know of several reasonable people with no criminal records that have had gun pulled on them and verbally abused, berated, insulted, etc. for no justified reason. I am an educated professional and involved in community organizations as well as charitable organizations. I am always respectful of everyone including law enforment officers yes I was abused and detained for no justified reason and threatened. That is unwarranted and unnecessary. We, as citizens and tax payers do have basic rights and do not deserve our civil liberties violated. Plain and simple!

        Equality and justice for all which includes law enforcement officials too so they have to accountable just as we citizen are.

         
    • Jennifer June 1, 2020 at 1:14 pm #

      I’m confused, this is a peaceful protest about racism but in the same sentence he said “white privilege”. Isnt that racist in its self?

       
      • quacque June 1, 2020 at 3:53 pm #

        No, that is not racist in itself, though I’m surte the glib rejoinder makes you feel smug. Racism (like sexism) is about power relations. . . as is white privilege. It doesn’t take a lot of thought (or even–gasp–research) to understand what’s at stake here, why it’s happening, what it means and what should be done. Or you can just find cutesy ways to dismiss the problem, blame the victim, and remain smug. I suspect I know which you will choose.

         
  17. Indygal June 1, 2020 at 7:18 am #

    So happy to have the opportunity to vent my anguish for the inhumane treatment of George Floyd in a non-violent manner. Thank you to the organizers.

     
    • Stop non-essential travel June 1, 2020 at 10:31 am #

      Agree. Thank you to the organizers. I cannot attend in person but will participate by honoring 30-min of silence from 9:30-10:00.

       
      • Mono Person June 1, 2020 at 2:06 pm #

        Can you be silent for longer than 30 minutes….

         
        • Stop non-essential travel June 1, 2020 at 7:49 pm #

          done ! 🙂 twice !

           
        • Stop non-essential travel June 1, 2020 at 7:51 pm #

          MP, in all honesty, your post made me smile. You reminded me of my older sister LOL!

           
          • Mono Person June 2, 2020 at 7:32 am #

            No, I’m your mom, go sit in the corner and think about your words! LOL…People take such offense to things these days, we need to remember that everyone has a different perspective on things

             
  18. R. farley June 1, 2020 at 6:42 am #

    Pointer,
    Leave all looting tools and spray cans at home

     

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