Above, Alameda residents held a rally outside Alameda Police Department Monday demanding justice for George Floyd, and people of color across the country who disproportionately suffer at the hands of law enforcement. Right, at the same time, commercial property and business owners raced to board up their windows ahead of anticipated civil unrest that targeted seven locations in Alameda the night of May 31. Due to a rapidly imposed curfew, little unrest occurred Monday night.
Island not immune from impacts of George Floyd’s death
The ramifications of George Floyd’s death last week in Minneapolis have been felt throughout the country including here in Alameda.
Floyd, 46, died on May 25, after Minneapolis police officer Derek Michael Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes while trying to arrest him, according to video surveillance. An independent medical examination by renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden ruled Floyd’s death was caused by asphyxia, when the body is deprived of oxygen.
Encinal High School senior Rawabi Ali picks up her cap and gown at Encinal High School on May 9. Students received their diplomas from staff of Jostens, a company that produces college and high school class rings, yearbooks and other graduation products. A virtual ceremony was held May 26 at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex where students had their walks across the stage recorded for posterity.
The City of Alameda is currently soliciting donations from the community to help those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
At its May 19 meeting, the City Council unanimously approved the “Alameda Strong” community relief fund. The fund, which will be financed solely by community donations, will provide grants to small businesses, nonprofits and renters financially affected by the shelter-in-place order due to the coronavirus.
All Good Living’s Chris Tam, Councilmember Malia Vella and Alameda Unified School District President Mia Bonta were among the volunteers at Alameda Point Collaborative who distributed donated masks and curbside meals to students’ families. The crisis has students distance learning and without this service they would be required to go without the meals usually provided to them as part of their school lunch programs.