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Peaceful protest Saturday in Delhi; four events Sunday in Hudson Valley

Jun 07, 2020 6:33 am
On June 6 protests continued in the Hudson Valley, and around the country, against the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police. In Delhi, in Delaware County, about 500 Black Lives Matter protesters peacefully lined the sidewalks of the town's main street. "I’ve covered fracking, a red-hot local issue, and I’ve never seen a crowd like this here," wrote Lissa Harris of The River Newsroom on Twitter. On June 7 there are four events locally, in Hudson, Hyde Park, Coxsackie, and Troy. There is an "Interfaith Vigil for Black Lives" at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Hudson, above where WGXC has a studio that is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. At 1 p.m. the Hyde Park Episcopal Church of the Messiah is organizing the "No Justice No Peace" protest. In Coxsackie, organizers Tyler Clark, who lives in Coxsackie according to his Facebook page, and Elisabeth Morehouse, who went to Coxsackie-Athens High School, are inviting people to meet from 4 to 7 p.m. at The National Bank of Coxsackie, next to Stewart’s and Paul’s, on the corner of Route 9W and 385. The “Troy Rally for Black Lives” will be held at 2 p.m., June 7 at Riverfront Park. While Troy has not instituted a curfew, three surrounding suburban communities are afraid of problems, the Times Union reports. The mayors of Menands, Watervliet, and Green Island all declared a curfew from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m., as well as states of emergency that continue until June 30. The village of Green Island is also closing the Green Island Bridge beginning at 2;30 p.m. June 7. "The bridge will re-open after traffic subsides," an advisory from the village read. Then on June 8 there is another First Amendment display, this one in Clifton Park. Then next week, on June 13, protesters are organizing online for President Donald Trump's visit to West Point, where the U.S. Military Academy will hold a graduation ceremony. Time magazine reports that more than 15 members of West Point’s graduating class tested positive for coronavirus after returning to the U.S. Military Academy for the event that was going to be held online.