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Protests will continue in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Protests will continue in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg

Juneteenth and Black Lives Matter Rallies Planned for Miami and Fort Lauderdale

Nearly every day this month, protesters have poured into Miami streets demanding accountability for police officers who have killed black Americans.

The demonstrations have gone beyond calling attention to injustices in faraway cities — community organizers and protesters are demanding local changes, too, as Miami reckons with its own history of police abuses.

Protests and rallies continue tomorrow for Juneteenth, a national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, and into the weekend.

Here's a roundup of some of the demonstrations happening in Miami and Fort Lauderdale this weekend.

Little Haiti

Konscious Kontractors, a group whose founder was severely beaten by Miami police in 2013, and other advocacy organizations are hosting a rally against police brutality and harassment Friday at 4:30 p.m. on the corner of North Miami Avenue and 62nd Street.

Downtown Miami

305 Black Youth, a group supported by Miami Dream Defenders, is organizing a peaceful youth rally Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Torch of Friendship, 301 Biscayne Blvd. The organizers ask participants to wear masks.

Liberty City

Several organizations are hosting a peace walk in Liberty City from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The walk starts on the corner of NW 62nd Street and 17th Avenue and ends at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park.


Fort Lauderdale

Broward Dream Defenders, Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward, and the Broward chapter of Democratic Socialists of America are organizing a Juneteenth rally on Friday at 3 p.m. at Huizenga Park, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd. A protest is also scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. at Huizenga Park.


Miami Gardens

Faith in Florida is hosting statewide memorial services in honor of black Americans who've died at the hands of police. A Miami-Dade memorial service takes place at 6 p.m. Friday at NW 163rd Street and 38th Place.


Hallandale Beach

Faith in Florida is hosting statewide memorial services in honor of black Americans who've died at the hands of police. A Broward memorial service takes place tonight at 6:15 p.m. Friday at Ingalls Park, 735 SW First St.

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