Protests have streamed through the Upper West Side in recent days, but people are also finding other ways to commemorate George Floyd and other victims of police violence.
Some are standing on their stoops at 8 p.m., the start of the citywide curfew, and staying silent for 9 minutes, the amount of time police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck. Sue Susman and other neighbors at 50 West 97th Street have been congregating at 8. She holds a sign that says “Black Lives Matter. Vote.”
And at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on 89th Street in Riverside Park, people are standing and holding signs in 20 minute shifts. It was organized by teens Tova Kleiner and Rebecca Klein. “Please bring signs in memory of victims of racial violence, with messages about love, justice, solidarity against hatred and racism, etc. Songs and chants are also encouraged,” the organizers say. The sign-up sheet is here.