In response to an email about the NAARPR sponsored rally — said email was forwarded to the https://groups.google.com/d/contactowner/EtWcomm — I decided to go to the Kenosha Solidarity Rally/BLM march at 5pm near at the Municipal blg.
Automated cell phone pop up alert at 6:30pm warning us of 7pm Kenosha curfew.
Powerful chanting— on mic and off, good energy, clearly a mix of locals, Milwaukee people, and Chicago people, including Frank Chapman. FRSO banner there, Chapman’s CPAC people there, also NAARPR. Perhaps 130 people?
The (national guard?) pulled up in 3-4 hum-vees/troop carriers at the end of march just before 7pm. One tall thin older white guy positioned himself in from of the convoy — the demonstration organizers artfully defused the situation. These were canvass covered troop carriers with perhaps 4-6 troops per truck — men visible through the open to air back ends. I went home, honoring the impending curfew — the bulk of the crowd seemed to be gathering in front of the Municipal building again.
Many boarded up windows at gas stations, small biz, and major gov blgs. A couple of burned up blgs. Some artful graffiti on the particle board. We had passed a used car lot filled with entirely burned up cars!
My hunch or impression is that Kenosha is damaged and vulnerable. The protestors quieted down as we past the burned out used car lot — sobering. I left there inspired by the effort, unity and young spirit.
As Chapman says:
escalation is getting masses of people out into these streets…
this is no time to slow the rebellion down