Brooklyn Coronavirus Update and Open Thread: March in Weeksville Today (6/16/20)

A protest at Saratoga Park in Bed Stuy Friday. Photo by Cate Corcoran

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    We’re in the 14th week of sheltering in place and the 59th day of home schooling for New York City schools.

    Today a march is scheduled for 1 p.m. at 159 Dr. Joan Maynard Way, at the intersection of St. Marks and Buffalo Avenue in Crown Heights, right across the street from Weeksville Heritage Center. Joan Maynard is the activist who preserved the houses on Hunterfly Road and and founded the Weeksville Heritage Center. The nightly vigil at McCarren Park in Williamsburg will take place at 7 p.m.

    The New York Times looks at how the black trans march Sunday came together and inspired an estimated 15,000 people to attend, all in white and wearing masks. (The wonderful poster announcing the event is the work of Queens illustrator Mohammed Fayaz, whose work has helped boost Brooklyn queer and trans people of color art collective Papi Juice.)

    Coincidentally, a day after the huge trans march, the Supreme Court handed down a groundbreaking and unexpected victory for gay rights.

    Protesters share their stories of police brutality during the New York City protests with Gothamist. In another move to reforming the police, the NYPD has dissolved its plain clothes unit.

    As countries around the world reopen amid worries about a second wave, a low-cost steroid is the first drug “proven” to decrease deaths from COVID-19.

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