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Members of SATX4 at 2016's MLK March
A local progressive group, SATX4, has organized a counter protest to San Antonio's 50th annual Martin Luther King Jr. March taking place Jan. 15, arguing that the city's march "dishonors the radical legacy of Martin Luther King."
"SATX4 wants to highlight the fact that the march does little in the pursuit of justice," the group writes in a press statement to the Current
. "SATX4 seeks to emphasize the lives of those individuals who have been taken at the hands of police violence across the country and here in our city. We wish to remind those who march of the imperative to act — not just walk for 2.5 miles."
The group specifically wants the city to address local police shootings of unarmed black men — like Marquise Jones
, Norman Cooper
, and Antroine Scott
— topics that former Mayor Ivy Taylor expertly dodged and new Mayor Ron Nirenberg has failed to address since his June 2017 election.
These men have not received justice, SATX4 writes, "while the officers who killed them are still being paid with our tax dollars."
"We demand justice and police accountability in San Antonio now," the group writes.