Black Lives Matter

Local Student Activists Attempt Different Tactics to Make Change

Sep 14, 2020

Students from Roaring Fork High School, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, and Glenwood Springs High School speak about their organizing efforts here in the valley and in college. With social movements growing across the country, these students are acting locally to make a difference in many different ways. 

As protests for racial justice in Portland have continued for more than 50 nights, striking new images and tactics have emerged – particularly in resistance to the federal law enforcement officers whose actions have earned the ire of Oregonians who want them to leave.

Laura Palmisano

(UPDATED 7/28/2020) The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police sparked outrage and protests across the globe. In the U.S, Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations flared up in late May and continue to this day. A group of about fifty people gathered in the small town of Lake City, Colorado for a BLM march in June, including a few of Lake City’s Black and multiracial residents. However, the town’s only Black religious leader and his family were not invited. For KVNF, Laura Palmisano brings us the story of what happened.

Last month, locally organized Black Lives Matter demonstrations cropped up in locations from Aspen to Parachute. Mostly the events occurred without incident. However after some tense moments during a march in Rifle on June 19th, some residents feel they’re being sent a clear message not to speak up in the City of Rifle.

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Because of the world wide reaction to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Memorial day, this entire program is guide on what to do if you are at the wrong place at the wrong time and find yourself in the middle of a demonstration or riot that you don’t want to be in. It also provides suggestions if you are in a demonstration by choice. You can find a link to the show's full transcript by clicking the headline.

Protests are unfolding across the country over the death of Elijah McClain at the hands of police in Aurora, Colo. Now, frustration is also building over local law enforcement’s use of force this past weekend at a vigil in Aurora honoring him — frustration that was visible at a city council meeting Tuesday night dedicated to the response. 

Amy Hadden Marsh

Last week on the local newscast we aired a story from Juneteenth, where hundreds of people convened in Rifle to protest against police brutality and to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. This special public affairs program dives deeper into the events of that day, and features speeches, chants, and interviews with protestors.

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Protests supporting Black Lives Matter occurred in both Carbondale and Glenwood Springs over the weekend. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh spoke with demonstrators about their solidarity.

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Local demonstrations in support of Black Lives Matter continued over the weekend. Among Carbondale's participants, Meagan Shapiro detailed the implications of defunding police. For more voices from the weekend's local protests, click here.

Protesters confront a car in Louisville, Ky.

Lucas Turner

Last Friday marked the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, the effective end of slavery in the United States.  To celebrate the occasion residents from the Colorado River and Roaring Fork Valleys gathered in Rifle Colorado to speak out against police brutality and systemic racism. They were met there by another group of protestors. KDNKs Lucas Turner reports. Click the image for more photos from Friday's demonstrations.

Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program project coordinator Halle Zander presents perspectives of local students and organizers coming forward to condemn police brutality and demanding change through the Black Lives Matter movement.

Rifle Protest Brings Attention to Systemic Racism

Jun 22, 2020
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The City of Rifle saw an unusual amount of activity on its main thoroughfare Friday afternoon as two groups of protesters made their voices heard. Here are some of the sounds from the demonstrations. Tune in later this week for more on the story.

At a hearing last weekend about a Colorado bill on vaccination, Dr. Reginald Washington had originally planned to make several urgent points in support of the bill. 

First, that diseases like measles are resurging, and they’re serious. (He’d know. He’s treated patients with complications from measles and pertussis.) Second, due to COVID-19, children are missing well-child visits and skipping vaccinations, putting them at risk of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. 

Hawk Newsome is the president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York and the Reverend Dr. Gerald Durley marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Both attended ARE Day 2018 in Snowmass. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh sat with them over a lunch break as they talked about the Movement and issues facing people of color in the United States.

AH Marsh photo

Hawk Newsome is the president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York and the Reverend Dr. Gerald Durley marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Both attended ARE Day 2018 in Snowmass this month. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh sat with them over a lunch break as they talked about the Movement and issues facing people of color in the United States. Here are clips from that conversation.

AH Marsh photo

Hawk Newsome is the president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York and spoke at ARE Day this week. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh caught up with him in conversation with Civil Rights Movement veteran Reverend Dr. Gerald Durley during a morning break. Here, Newsome talks about his beginnings and how he became an activist.