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A second demonstration is planned in Athens Saturday in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other African-Americans killed by police. Co-founder of the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, Mokah Jasmine Johnson is one of the organizers.

“We’re going to move with our rally and to amplify our voices for the injustice that keeps on occurring,” Johnson said. “Because whether we stay in our homes, as you can see, even during a pandemic, people are being killed by law enforcement officers."

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The Justice for Black Lives Rally will take place on Saturday, June 6 at 2 pm, according to the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM). Organizers have been coordinating with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and City Manager Blaine Williams regarding safety measures and rumors spreading around the community. 


Georgia Department of Public Health

In response to recent demonstrations and gatherings by members of the public, the Northeast Health District is issuing guidance on reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission during mass gatherings and on how to respond to a potential exposure while in attendance.

Steps that you can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during gatherings include:

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An Emory University infectious disease specialist says he has serious concerns that police spraying tear gas on protesters could spread the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the Georgia Department of Public Health reported Friday that coronavirus infections statewide have topped 50,000.

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Some Georgia lawmakers are calling to quickly scrap the state's 19th-century citizen arrest law that was cited in one prosecutor's controversial justification of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Democratic state Rep. Carl Gilliard on Friday said the law adopted in 1863 is an antiquated relic from the time of the Wild West.

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Athens News Matters

This week on Athens News Matters, hear:

Jim Cobb, Athens News Matters' resident historian, joins Alexia Ridley to give us some historical perspective on the protests of the last 10 days, and whether there is a historical parallel with 1968.  

Some parents are struggling with how to talk to their children about police violence. Diane Bales from the University of Georgia's College of Family and Consumer Sciences joins Chris Shupe to give some insight on how parents can discuss racial and police violence with their kids. 

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All of the approximately 1,600 active duty soldiers who were airlifted to military bases near Washington, D.C., earlier this week are being ordered back to their home postings, according the Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy.

Hundreds and hundreds of cars wound through the streets of San Francisco. Drivers honked. Children chanted. Signs read "Black Lives Matter "and "No Justice, No Peace" as for hours protesters — socially distanced inside their own vehicles — added their voices to a national chorus of outrage.

Minneapolis Agrees To Ban Chokeholds And Neck Restraints By Police

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Police in Minneapolis will be forbidden to use chokeholds and neck restraints under reforms negotiated by city and state authorities.

In an emergency vote on Friday, the Minneapolis city council approved an agreement with the state Department of Human Rights, which earlier this week opened an investigation into the killing of George Floyd by city police.

This is part of a series looking at pressing coronavirus questions of the week. We'd like to hear what you're curious about. Email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions."

What risks are there in attending a protest rally?

Modelers say it's difficult to assess how the protests will influence COVID-19 infections. But, it's clear that a key ingredient for transmission is present at many of these rallies: close contact.

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