A peaceful #BlackLivesMatter march is set for this Saturday in Homer from Noon-2 pm, which has now gotten the village’s support.
Mayor Hal McCabe says he’ll be participating and encouraged others to do so.
The event is being organized by the same local activist group that planned Monday’s protest in the city of Cortland.
“This is not something being planned or organized by the Village of Homer, our role is to partner with the organizers to make sure everyone is safe,” said Mayor McCabe. “Because a safe march will be a successful one, both in the eyes of those protesting, and in the eyes of our residents. This event, once started, was going to happen with or without our assistance. This way, we are able to adjust earlier to address concerns and issues before they develop into anything to worry about.”
The marching will depart from outside of Durkee Memorial Park around Noon and travel south on Main Street to the Village Green.
Local business owners will have signs in their windows and those unable to march will wave from their vehicles nearby.
Demonstrations will continue to take place on the Green until about 2 pm.
Residents should aware of likely traffic disruptions in the village along North and South Main Streets, as well as Clinton, James, Cayuga, and other side streets.
McCabe asked that all participants be peaceful and respectful.
Additional information can be found on the official Facebook event page.