Residents organize in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter movement

Mark Peabody, second from right, stands with protesters in front of the Port Isabel Lighthouse in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and advocating for stopping police violence in the U.S. Photo courtesy of Mark Peabody.

By Gaige Davila

Residents of Port Isabel have organized in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, through protests at the Port Isabel Lighthouse and a future Facebook page dedicated to the movement coming soon. 

On June 7, Mark Peabody and several others protested in front of the Port Isabel Lighthouse, waving signs advocating for stopping police violence against Black people in the United States at passing cars coming from South Padre island. 

“These atrocities are happening, whether you want to acknowledge them or not,” Peabody said. “People are here on vacation, but they should still acknowledge it. You live in this country, you are vacationing in a part of this country, you’re going to see this.”

He continued, “One can’t simply turn a blind eye to it.” 

Peabody said his organizing aims are for raising awareness of police brutality in inner cities, similar to protests continuing across the United States after Houston-born George Floyd was murdered by former Minneapolis Police Department officer Derrick Chauvin. Chauvin is currently awaiting trial for a second-degree murder charge. 

Peabody said people were patronizing towards him and fellow organizers through Facebook, accusing them of not being employed or from the area. Peabody said this has quelled for now, but dismissed the accusation that he and the protestors were demonstrating for attention.

“It’d be a call for attention if we were there for an hour. However, we stayed there to the point of sunburn,” Peabody said. Peabody and three to five others were demonstrating from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Several people pulled over to voice support for the demonstration, Peabody said, while others attempted to question or discredit the aims of their protest. “There were more positive interactions with the public than negative ones,” Peabody said. 

For now, the protests have been postponed, Peabody said, due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the area.

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    • SVL on June 29, 2020 at 9:02 am
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    *claps with solidarity*

  1. If you notice these are all young adults whom I am guessing have never had a civics class and have little or no idea behind how and why our republic was formed. The founder of “Black Lives Matter” is a self proclaimed Marxist. Young men find out what Marxism and Socialism bring to a country. I am all for ending racism, but some of the demands that this organization are making are totally asinine. I am 73 years old and probably will not be around for the fall of the USA, but I have children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren that I know will FIGHT to keep the republic. Think about which side you really want to be on!
    Thank you.

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