Brooklyn Coronavirus Update and Open Thread: Prayer March, Peaceful Neighbors (6/2/20)

Fort Greene. Photo by Susan De Vries

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    We’re in the twelfth week of sheltering in place and the 49th day of home schooling for New York City schools.

    As skirmishes with guns and vehicles broke out around the country, including in the Bronx, and looting intensified, especially in Midtown and on Fordham Road, Brooklyn protests were peaceful. A large group organized by longtime Bed Stuy civil rights group the December 12th Movement marched from Restoration Plaza to the 79th Precinct and back again, calling for defunding the police.

    De Blasio apologized for his earlier remarks justifying police cars ramming protesters in Park Slope. Another video has surfaced showing a person of color being savagely attacked by police in East New York for filming the arrest of another young man for supposedly not social distancing.

    In Greenpoint, a fire broke out on the street but it was not protest related, according to an Instagram post.

    In Prospect Lefferts Gardens, a group of neighbors at the Maple Street Community Garden banded together to start a subscription food box from nearby farms. It launches June 6. A member of the group wrote a report about their efforts.

    Religious groups are holding a prayer march tonight outside 98 5th Avenue in Park Slope, the home of Bridge Church. The start time has moved up to 6 p.m. because of the early curfew.

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