In Pictures:
A Beautiful Rising Against Police Murder and White Supremacy — Across the U.S. and Around the World



The mass outpouring in the wake of George Floyd’s vicious murder in May 2020 at the hands of Minneapolis police sparked one of the most massive and profound uprisings against police terror and white supremacy in U.S. history, and it spread across the globe. The pictures that follow capture some of the scale, diversity, courage and tenacity of this heroic rising. Go to A Beautiful Rising for more pictures from the U.S. and around the world—from Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea in Asia; to Nairobi, Kenya and Dakar, Senegal in Africa; to Mexico City and Rio de Janiero, Brazil in Latin America; to Paris and London in Europe.

“May Be the Largest Movement in U.S. History”

The New York Times estimated that between May 26, the day after George Floyd was murdered, and July 3, between 15 and 26 million people in the U.S. took part in some 4,700 protests in some 2,500 cities and towns across the country, with over a half million turning out in 550 places on June 6 alone, many of them white.

Los Angeles – Thousands demonstrated in many areas of Los Angeles, with reports of at least 30 separate protests.

Chicago – 20,000 people protested, shutting down a portion of Lake Shore Drive.

Philadelphia – on June 6 50,000 to 80,000 protested in Philadelphia alone. Here thousands of protesters packed the entire area around City Hall. Photo: AP.

Protests Spread Across the Globe

Protests against police brutality, racism, white supremacy and in solidarity with the struggle in the U.S. took place in over 60 countries and on all seven continents according to researchers.1

Oslo, Norway – Thousands of protesters outside Parliament building

A map of more than 3,600 anti-racists protests and public gatherings in support of George Floyd. Alex Smith/Creosote Maps/Bloomberg

The Revcoms Join Protests in Minneapolis-St. Paul, where George Floyd was murdered

June 6 Revcoms join protests in Minneapolis

Protests Spread to ICE Detention Center—Immigrant Prisoners Stage Hunger Strike Against Police Murder of Black People

On June 4, immigrants imprisoned at the Mesa Verde ICE detention center in Bakersfield, California began a hunger strike in solidarity with the people rising up across the country against the murders and oppression of Black people, and against the deadly treatment of ICE prisoners.

LA: Revcoms Lead March, Speak Out For Black-Latino Unity

The banner says “Black and Brown United Against This System”

On June 12, 300 people came together to say “Black and Brown United Against This System” in a march led by the Revcoms through downtown LA to the Central American neighborhood near MacArthur Park.

Protests Spread to Small Towns, Rural Areas and “Red States”

The New York Times estimated that “More than 40 percent of counties in the United States—at least 1,360—have had a protest” and that “nearly 95 percent of counties that had a protest recently are majority white.”

Vidor, Texas - 200 rallied in this city that in the past had been a stronghold of the KKK.

Trump Calls in Military to Assault DC Protesters — People Refuse to Back Down

Washington, D.C. – Cops attacking newsmen June 1, 2020, to clear the way for Trump's photo op.

On June 1, Trump called in the military to assault righteous George Floyd protesters so he could stage a Christian fascist photo-op.  But protesters refused to be intimidated and protests continued in DC and across the country.

Washington, D.C. – Tens of thousands converged on the newly named Black Lives Matter Plaza in front of the White House, now surrounded by high fences and concrete barriers. Photo: AP.

Refuse Fascism joined by Revolution Club at the protest in Washington, D.C., June 6.

Righteous Toppling of Statues: Slave Owners, Confederate Generals, Imperialist Colonizers, Genocidal “Heroes,” and More....

As protests continue across the U.S. and all over the world against police murder and racism, the people are taking righteous action to topple statues of slave owners, colonial oppressors, imperialist rulers and other enforcers of systematic, racist, oppression.

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In Richmond, Virginia, people tore down statues of the Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham, and former Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Above: the statue of Jefferson Davis.

July 4, 2020: Beautiful, Defiant Protests and Flag-Burnings Go Up Against Trump’s Fascist, White Supremacist “Make America Great Again” Ugliness

Washington, DC: Revcoms lead others in torching the American flag on July right near the White House.

This included Washington, DC, where the Trump/Pence regime was holding an ultra-jingoistic celebration of America and its military power.

Trump Goes To Tulsa—Met by the Beautiful Rising

On June 19, Trump had threatened to viciously come down on anyone coming to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to protest the fascist rally he was holding there. But as an ugly, reactionary crowd attended Trump’s rally, there was righteous and defiant protest outside the arena, capturing the world’s attention and grabbing the split-screen. The Revcoms joined Refuse Fascism there in saying goddamn to Donald Trump and his fascist regime, bringing forth revolution.

Revcoms and Refuse Fascism in Tulsa, near the Trump rally site.

Portland: Thousands Go Tit-for-Tat Against Trump’s Federal Agents

Friday Night, July 24. At least 4,000 protesters took to the streets once again in Portland, for the 58th consecutive day of protest since the police killing of George Floyd. Photo: AP

In Portland, in the face of violent fascist assaults by the federal forces sent in by the Trump/Pence regime as well by the local cops, people of all ages, nationalities, and genders stood up, defying the regime and their pigs, protesting for weeks straight since the police murder of George Floyd.

Outrageous Contrasts: During this beautiful uprising, there was a sharp contrast between —

OUTRAGEOUS Repression Against People Protesting Police Murder and Brutality and Other Injustices

Kenosha cops gassing a documentary filmmaker — after allegedly groping her breast.

And the OUTRAGEOUS Hands-off Treatment of White Supremacists, Cops and Other Reactionaries – including white supremacist Kyle Rittenhouse. After Rittenhouse murdered two protesters and wounded another in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 25, the pigs let him walk past – with his assault rifle – and go home.

August 25, 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Photo: AP

Kenosha: Righteous Struggle Continues Against Pig Violence and Nazi Brownshirts

People continued to turn out in protest after Rittenhouse’s murders—Kenosha, Wisconsin, August 28.

Heroic Protesters Give Their Lives Standing Up for Black and Brown People and Justice

At the Republican Convention Trump spread the big lie that protesters were “violent anarchists, agitators, and criminals who threaten our citizens.” In reality, in most cases where people have been killed at protests, it has been Trump’s “people”—cops, racist vigilantes, and reactionary storeowners who had murdered at least 20 heroic righteous protesters.


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