There will be a rally in Civic Center Park on Saturday morning “in response to the recent killings by and for law enforcement,” according to a press release.
The “See Me” rally — organized by the Sam Cary Bar Association — will begin at 9 a.m. at the Civic Center Park Amphitheater. The release “encourages everyone in the Denver metro area to unite against this painful inhumanity.”
“Our message is we want everyone to see everyone as an individual, beyond racial, gender or economic status, and see the police officers beyond the same, in their uniform,” said Terraine Bailey, president of the Sam Cary Bar Association. “The first step for us is to just stop what we’re doing and start seeing each other.”
It’s also about accountability. The “See Me” rally will offer literature about the legislative process and how people can get involved, particularly by contacting elected officials to demand change.
“I think that it’s important that we have the community take this opportunity to hold elected officials accountable, take this opportunity to hold ourselves accountable and move forward from where we are,” Bailey said.
Though the planning only began last Saturday, organizers were able to schedule 12 people to speak. Among them are Rep. Rhonda Fields, Aurora Police Division Chief Vanessa Wilson, Center for Legal Inclusiveness Executive Director Karen Hester and Shawn Johnson, director of community affairs for the mayor’s office.
Noah Sticer, a youth leader and aspiring lawyer headed to college in Atlanta, will address the issues from a youth point of view.
Representatives from the attorney general’s office, the ACLU, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the Colorado LGBT Bar Association, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the South Asian Bar Association of Colorado, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association will also be in attendance.
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Bailey expects the rally to last between one and two hours.
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