PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A car rally in Vancouver began at noon on Saturday over the death of George Floyd.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) of Vancouver partnered with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Clark County to hold the car rally to express outrage over systemic racism—as well as George Floyd’s death, a Black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for over 8 minutes.
The Car Rally for Black Lives was open to community members who wanted to participate in the peaceful demonstration. It began at Town Plaza Parking lot on Mill Plain Boulevard at noon and concluded at the Port of Vancouver Terminal 1. Around 800 cars took part in the moving rally.
By 12:30 p.m., Vancouver police were advising commuters to avoid the area near Mill Plain Boulevard to avoid heavy congestion.
The NAACP Vancouver put up a community memorial site for George Floyd at YWCA Clark County in the courtyard facing Main Street. The NAACP is also asking citizens to sign a petition calling for major reforms designed to address racism in the U.S.
The national YWCA issued a statement on Floyd’s death earlier in the week. The statement says, in part: “Together with YWCA Minneapolis and YWCA St. Paul, over 200 YWCAs across the country unite to answer the cry for justice, peace, and dignity for all. YWCA continues to call for dismantling systemic racism and equal protection and opportunity under the law through its public policy and advocacy work.”
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