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Murphy Youth Organize Black Lives Matter Demonstration

Anti-racist and Black Lives Matter marches haven’t being occurring in just large cities. Small towns in the most rural parts of North Carolina have seen them too. BPR was at one in the westernmost end of North Carolina Thursday night: Hundreds gathered in Murphy to support Black Lives Matter and remember the life of George Floyd. “No Justice, No Peace. No Justice, No Peace...” The demonstration was organized by TeLor Allen, Jake Reed and Emily Mills who were all born and raised in Murphy....

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Anti-racist and Black Lives Matter marches haven’t being occurring in just large cities.  Small towns in the most rural parts of North Carolina have seen them too.  BPR was at one in the westernmost end of North Carolina Thursday night: 

 

Hundreds gathered in Murphy to support Black Lives Matter and remember the life of George Floyd.

 

“No Justice, No Peace. No Justice, No Peace...” 

 

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On Tuesday night, officers in full riot gear were video recorded destroying a makeshift medic station for protestors along Asheville’s Patton Avenue. About a hundred yards away, the following afternoon, Ian Wilkinson, an established muralist in Asheville, immortalized the scene on a boarded up storefront along Lexington Avenue.

“This is our job,” Wilkinson said in between applying bursts of spray paint on a board beneath the awning of Asheville Hemp Farms.

“We’re used to kinda creating this magic and it’s our duty to be part of this movement and give a voice to people that are not being heard,” he said.

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Asheville Music Hall has seen four times the number of people turn out for its weekly virtual trivia nights than those who actually came to the club to play trivia before the pandemic. Still, it’s a thin silver lining. Matteo LaMuraglia, the club’s talent buyer, says Asheville Music Hall will go out of business within a year without the return of live, general admission concerts.

“We’d be in danger with a year of no shows,” LaMuraglia said. “We can work around it for the time being, as seated comedy, as seated live music shows, but the space is built to be a GA standing-room only (space).”

While many local musicians have taken to virtual performances to bring in some money and maintain their profiles, venues built on live music face far greater challenges while dark.

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Toque de queda en Asheville

 

La ciudad de Asheville se encuentra actualmente en estado de emergencia y toque de queda, esto debido a los desmanes provocados en las últimas horas por las marchas y protestas en el centro de la ciudad. Así lo aseguró la alcaldesa Esther Manheimer el pasado martes 2 de Junio. El Toque de queda comienza a las 8 p.m. y finaliza a las 6 a.m. Fuerzas policiales se encontrarán monitoreando las calles para asegurar que los residentes no salgan. Para más información visita nuestra página web bpr.org

Resúmenes para la semana del 1 de Junio

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Protestas en Asheville

 

El pasado Domingo 31 de Mayo vecinos de la ciudad de Asheville salieron a protestar por las calles del centro, para unirse al resto de la marchas a nivel nacional.

Estas protestas surgieron como respuesta a la muerte de George Floyd en manos de la policía de Minneapolis, hecho ocurrido la semana pasada. La marcha desarrollada en Asheville comenzó en el puente Bowen para luego dirigirse hacia el centro de la ciudad.

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