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Aug 28, 2016 5:16 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Black Lives Matter Rally In Sag Harbor Draws Small, Peaceful Crowd

Ruth Vered, of Sag Habor, tells Black Lives Matter rally goers why she is out protesting. KELLY ZEGERS
Aug 30, 2016 3:15 PM

At most, a dozen people stood on the street near the windmill at Long Wharf, taking part in a peaceful Black Lives Matter rally in Sag Harbor on Sunday.

But organizer Donna Stovall said the number of protesters is not what was important.

“I know sometimes ‘peaceful’ does not make the papers or the news,” Ms. Stovall said. “I’m very proud of the East End, regardless of what has transpired.”

Along with Vanessa Vascez-Corleone, Ms. Stovall has organized Black Lives Matter rallies in Riverhead, Southampton, Bridgehampton and East Hampton in addition to Sag Harbor this summer. No matter the number of participants—it fluctuated in Sag Harbor on Sunday as people came and left, and other events, such as the rally in Bridgehampton, had several dozen participants—Ms. Vascez-Corleone said each rally has been successful in that participants maintained peace and cooperated with local police.

She said she hopes community discussions emerge from the rallies. “I want it to stay healthy, I want it to be nurturing,” she said. “I’m hoping that it brings our communities together with organizations and leadership, knowing that there’s a healthy way to reach your goals.”

And while she said it is possible that more rallies will be organized, community discussions are a way to learn more about what most concerns people.

Lucius Ware, president of the Eastern Long Island NAACP, was taking a break from the sun in the shade of a tall pine tree on Sunday.

“I don’t believe it’s something that can be ignored,” Mr. Ware said of the Black Lives Matter movement in general. “It’s good that people are becoming aware and are coming out to help communicate an awareness of what’s going on.”

April Gornik, an artist and Sag Harbor resident, had secured the permit for the rally, which she called a “peaceful and intelligent” way to show support for racial justice.

“We need to foster dialogue in this country to help keep improving race relations—they’re not where they should be,” said Ms. Gornik, who noted that Sag Harbor has a “robust” African-American community. The village has a number of neighborhoods where residents have been predominantly African-American since the mid-1900s.

“Just because we’re a community that by and large respect each other doesn’t mean that we’re not a united country that needs to make sure we respect what’s going on elsewhere,” Ms. Gornik said.

Passersby honked and waved in support, while others shouted, “All lives matter!” or “Blue lives matter!” as they rolled by on Sunday.

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Yes Black Lives Matter,OK
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Aug 28, 16 5:26 PM
So sick of this movement that grew up around the thug Michael Brown who pushed around and stole from a store owner and tried to take a gun away from a policeman. This country is doomed.
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Aug 28, 16 5:52 PM
Sheep... Only people stopped by going to bay street???
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Aug 28, 16 6:02 PM
All lives matter. this is getting old quickly. How about unity for the no color cause?
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Aug 28, 16 6:16 PM
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All lives don't matter. Charles Manson's life did not matter. Jeffrey Dahmer's life didn't matter. When someone finds the cure to cancer, her life will matter more than mine. Everyone needs to get over themselves.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Aug 28, 16 6:27 PM
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By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Aug 29, 16 6:41 AM
Typical lib behavior. SAYING things that make them FEEL GOOD about themselves but not actually DOING anything to make an authentic difference.

Ask them to donate to the NAACP and see how that goes.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Aug 29, 16 7:01 AM
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all lives matter, the end
By Erin 27 E (1281), hampton bays on Aug 29, 16 8:02 AM
Lady on front page seems to be giving her two cents... WOW
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Aug 30, 16 5:21 PM
Wish they all just jumped off the end of long wharf and swam far far far away..... don't go away mad , just go away.
By Hank1 (20), Sag Harbor on Aug 30, 16 8:23 PM
Goodness, the comments so far give a whole new meaning to the phrase . . .

Peace on Earth.

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 30, 16 8:43 PM
Last weekend 25 black lives were killed by black men in the City of Chicago. Where was lying Hillary ? No outrage by her. Baltimore, Milwaukee, etc. all governed by democrats for decades. The democrats talk a lot but little or no action to protect the innocent lives of our citizens. The unemployment rate for inner city residents is very high. Many campaign promises but once elected , they become the 1percenters that they criticize.
By patriot50 (42), sag harbor on Aug 30, 16 11:30 PM