Politics BLM to shut down Elvis Week

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    And how does this help their cause?

    Activists for black lives release plans to "Shut Down Graceland"
    by: Zach Crenshaw Updated: Aug 15, 2016 - 8:39 AM

    It's been the summer of protests, and now another one is planned.

    The Coalition of Concerned Citizens, including Black Lives Matter protesters and others groups announced their plan to "Shut Down Graceland."

    Protest leaders say the mass demonstration is planned for 6:00 PM Monday. They said they specifically chose Graceland because it is Elvis week and they know it will raise awareness.

    >>RELATED: City leaders release statement on planned protest at Graceland

    Leaders say they also chose Graceland because "it demonstrates one of Memphis's most common forms of financial inequality and because the site has ties to...the death of unarmed teen Darrius Stewart."

    We feel like we still haven't been answered," said Frank Gottie, a community leader. "They're givin us the runaround."

    >> PHOTOS: 'Black Lives Matter' protesters take over I-40 bridge

    If carried out, the Elvis Week demonstration will be the third high-profile protest by Black Lives Matter and other groups in the last month.

    Most recently in front of Graceland, where some protesters were detained for blocking traffic.

    >> Read more trending stories

    At the time, activists said they wanted their demands met by the city, which they admitted would take time.

    Mayor Jim Strickland just responded this week to questions from the first community meeting. Gottie is skeptical of the timing.

    "They had 30 days to respond, but they responded right before Elvis Week," said Gottie. "Elvis Week must be really important, because I got a lot of phone calls. Homeland security and everybody. [They said] don't go to Elvis more than 20 deep, you can't go there. But how they going to say that when it's welcome to the public?"

    Gottie said he doesn't know how the demonstration will play out, but knows he'll be there and hopes he sees someone else as well.

    "If I see the mayor out there protesting with me, then I might sit down somewhere," said Gottie.

    >>RELATED: Black Lives Matter Protest shut down the I-40 Bridge

    While leader said the demonstration is scheduled for Monday, they also told FOX13 those plans could change and it could happen anytime.

    In a statement Coalition of Concerned Citizens said,

    "The demonstration, set for Monday at 6:00pm, is planned as a peaceful show of solidarity, unifying the people of Memphis against systems that promote poverty, violence and economic disparity. Graceland was chosen as a protest site because it demonstrates one of Memphis’s most common forms of financial inequity and because the site has ties a prominent case of police brutality that resulted in the death of unarmed teen, Darrius Stewart.

    Graceland recently opened The Guest House, a new 450room resort style hotel in the heart of the African American community of Whitehaven. The project cost more than $120 million dollars to build and received upwards of 78 million dollars in public funding and tax breaks. Project developers and city officials promised Whitehaven residents the project would be an economic boon to the community, but as has been case for decades, residents have seen little if any of that money “trickle down” into the middle class neighborhood’s economy. This is not an uncommon story.”

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    Activists for black lives release plans to "Shut Down Graceland"
    by: Zach Crenshaw Updated: Aug 15, 2016 - 8:39 AM

    It's been the summer of protests, and now another one is planned.

    The Coalition of Concerned Citizens, including Black Lives Matter protesters and others groups announced their plan to "Shut Down Graceland."

    Protest leaders say the mass demonstration is planned for 6:00 PM Monday. They said they specifically chose Graceland because it is Elvis week and they know it will raise awareness.

    >>RELATED: City leaders release statement on planned protest at Graceland

    Leaders say they also chose Graceland because "it demonstrates one of Memphis's most common forms of financial inequality and because the site has ties to...the death of unarmed teen Darrius Stewart."

    We feel like we still haven't been answered," said Frank Gottie, a community leader. "They're givin us the runaround."

    >> PHOTOS: 'Black Lives Matter' protesters take over I-40 bridge

    If carried out, the Elvis Week demonstration will be the third high-profile protest by Black Lives Matter and other groups in the last month.

    Most recently in front of Graceland, where some protesters were detained for blocking traffic.

    >> Read more trending stories

    At the time, activists said they wanted their demands met by the city, which they admitted would take time.

    Mayor Jim Strickland just responded this week to questions from the first community meeting. Gottie is skeptical of the timing.

    "They had 30 days to respond, but they responded right before Elvis Week," said Gottie. "Elvis Week must be really important, because I got a lot of phone calls. Homeland security and everybody. [They said] don't go to Elvis more than 20 deep, you can't go there. But how they going to say that when it's welcome to the public?"

    Gottie said he doesn't know how the demonstration will play out, but knows he'll be there and hopes he sees someone else as well.

    "If I see the mayor out there protesting with me, then I might sit down somewhere," said Gottie.

    >>RELATED: Black Lives Matter Protest shut down the I-40 Bridge

    While leader said the demonstration is scheduled for Monday, they also told FOX13 those plans could change and it could happen anytime.

    In a statement Coalition of Concerned Citizens said,

    "The demonstration, set for Monday at 6:00pm, is planned as a peaceful show of solidarity, unifying the people of Memphis against systems that promote poverty, violence and economic disparity. Graceland was chosen as a protest site because it demonstrates one of Memphis’s most common forms of financial inequity and because the site has ties a prominent case of police brutality that resulted in the death of unarmed teen, Darrius Stewart.

    Graceland recently opened The Guest House, a new 450room resort style hotel in the heart of the African American community of Whitehaven. The project cost more than $120 million dollars to build and received upwards of 78 million dollars in public funding and tax breaks. Project developers and city officials promised Whitehaven residents the project would be an economic boon to the community, but as has been case for decades, residents have seen little if any of that money “trickle down” into the middle class neighborhood’s economy. This is not an uncommon story.”

    © 2016 Cox Media Group.
     
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    I don't think Elvis would be into BLM if he was alive....

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    ....but he sure would've loved a B.L.T.
     
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    I'm shocked elvis week is still a thing. :eek:
     
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    Is this the same BLM that vowed to "shut down" the Republican National Convention?













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    never been a fan of Elvis's music, so I support this
     
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    He was a hero to most.
     
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    I smoked a joint at Elvis's grave. Maybe BLM should do the same.
     
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    I snorted a $1,000 worth of oxycodone, ate an entire prime rib and damn near died straining at stool trying to celebrate his memory the last time I was in Memphis as well.
     
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    Elvis is trying to turn in his grave :facepalm:
     
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    Wish they'd go back to protesting brunch.
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    yep - the Graceland folks are about to open a REALLY nice hotel across the street and just announced plans to spend $45 million on a new entertainment complex as well

    http://www.commercialappeal.com/bus...ment-complex-next-to-Graceland-390202622.html

    the cops set up protest pens way off from graceland and there were more reporters there than "protesters". it was just stupid and a waste of resources and time.
     
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    A white man that stole his whole Act from the Negro, I don't blame them on this one...:hehe:
     
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    Greyhound not go there direct?
     
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    Please. There was only one type of sandwich Elvis craved and it wasn't a BLT

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