Twelve months after George Floyd’s murder – Stoke reflects and regroups to say #BlackLivesMatter

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On Tuesday 25th May a memorial event was organised by BLM for Stoke to mark twelve months since George Floyd was brutally murdered by police.

Around 50 people gathered at Hanley Park bandstand, the same place where around 700 people came out for the first BLM protest last year.

There were many powerful speeches made about how much has been achieved in the last year and how much more there is still to be done. The final message was one of positivity and defiance, with attendees ending the event with raised fists and chants of ‘Black Lives Matter!’ See a clip of local poet, Jason N Smith, reciting ‘The Diseased’, an incredibly pertinent piece for the occasion.

As well as in Stoke there were various actions across the country, many of which were done as part of Stand Up To Racism’s call for a week of action. A…

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