Join a silent protest against the death of George Floyd tonight at 9:00 pm.
A message is going around L.A. asking Angelenos to join in a silent and peaceful protest by shining a flashlight (or any light) up into the sky for 8 min and 46 seconds—the amount of time George Floyd’s neck was pinned to the ground while he begged for air.
The original source is unknown but the message reads as follows:
“Tonight, Wednesday, June 3rd, at 9:00 pm, for exactly 8 min and 46 seconds, we’re going outside our homes to shine a flashlight into the sky. That’s the amount of time that Floyd had a knee on his neck, pleading for his life.
All you need to do is to go outdoors (rooftop, front yard, back yard, street, any place outdoors) and turn on a flashlight, or emergency light, and point it to the sky for exactly 8 min and 46 seconds starting at exactly 9:00 pm.
The goal is to get the entire city of Los Angeles to do it, to show that we, the people, can come together peacefully, even when we are forced to be apart. Let’s show that we care, and that we do not want more violence, we want change!!!
A light in the dark symbolizes hope, and we hope to incite change with a simple, yet powerful 8 min and 46 seconds gesture. It really takes nothing to join this at-home protest and make the city of LA shine with light.
…and wouldn’t it be nice to think George, and all the other victims who came before him could see this from wherever they are.🙏🏽”
Note: This is the same time that the curfew is set for L.A. County tonight, so keep that in mind before venturing out.