A Black Families Matter rally in Greece set for Saturday afternoon has generated considerable interest — to the response from Town Supervisor Bill Reilich.
Reilich, in a lengthy message to town residents on Friday, said he had called in State Police to assist local law enforcement and was closing the spray park “as a precaution.”
“For those who are questioning allowing this, as stated above, we have no choice,” he wrote, having begun the post noting the First Amendment right to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech. “And it really can’t compare to our 4th of July celebration being canceled.”
Long Pond Road will be shut down between Town Hall and English Road between 3 and 6 p.m. for the demonstration. Reilich noted “this will put a strain on all of our local residents, but we ask for your patience,” saying the closure would ensure “everyone’s safety as well as to focus on the needs at hand.”
The posts on Reilich’s and the town’s Facebook pages had generated 1,700 comments for and against, and been shared more than 800 times as of an hour before the rally was set to start.
The rally event posting, by comparison, had 100 people going, 350 interested.
Meanwhile, here is a listing of some of the events happening this afternoon and evening:
- Black Families Matter, 3 to 6 p.m., starting at Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Blvd. The event description reads: “Yes, Racism is real in Greece! We will call it out and change WILL COME! We say no more! No longer are we silent, no longer are we hiding, no longer do we settle to be treated as second rate citizens. We are equal and demand to be treated as such! We will come together Saturday to peacefully share stories, poems, and excerpts from writing such as Maya Angelou to educate, elevate, and unify racial bias by bringing the community together to dismantle the fear of Blacks being themselves in the Greece community.”
- Defend Black Lives: Rally and Gathering, 4 p.m. in downtown Rochester at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park by the new “Empire Strikes Black” mural, 353 Court St.
- Free the People ROC and Black Lives Matter Juneteenth Liberation Rally/Celebration, 4 p.m. at School No. 9, 485 N. Clinton Ave.
- Awaken the Suburbs! Solidarity Rally for Black Lives Matter, 4 to 6 p.m., Potter Park in Fairport.
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