Local Santa Clarita Democratic groups released a statement Wednesday saying they are not organizing the planned Black Lives Matter Protest in Valencia on Thursday.
CA-25 United for Progress and the Democratic Alliance for Action (DAA), Santa Clarita responded to the City of Santa Clarita’s proposed emergency declaration and curfew for Thursday.
“It has come to our attention that there is a rumor circulating of a planned protest in support of
the Black Lives Matter movement on Thursday,” the statement said. “As local leaders of progressive organizations, we are not aware of, or in contact with, any organizers of either local or out of town groups planning such an event.”
Out of an abundance of caution, the Democratic groups recommend to their members and supporters that they not attend or participate in any action in the City of Santa Clarita on Thursday, June 4.
“The protest organizers from last Saturday’s protest are members of this community and in many cases are young people who go to our local high schools and colleges. They have no protest planned for the intersection of Valencia and McBean on Thursday and are not in contact with any organizers who are doing so,” said local youth leader Sebastian Cazares.
The Santa Clarita City Council has called an emergency meeting for 4 p.m. Wednesday to discuss whether or not a local state of emergency should be declared due to a possible large protest that the city may face Thursday.
“There has been widespread criminal acts of arson, looting, assaults, rioting and vandalism to public and private property in nearby cities throughout Los Angeles County since May 30, 2020, and continuing to present,” the proposed emergency resolution reads. “These criminal acts have created conditions that are, or likely to be, beyond the control of local resources and require the combined forces of other political subdivisions to address.”
As part of the local emergency declaration, a curfew lasting from 4 p.m. Thursday, June 4 to 6 a.m. Friday, June 5 has been proposed.
“We will continue to collaborate on effective and peaceful actions that can be taken by the community of the Santa Clarita Valley to effectively support our brothers and sisters of color and call for much-needed reforms in our criminal justice system and beyond,” the groups said.Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox. Report a typo or error, email Corrections@hometownstation.com
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