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George Perry Floyd Jr. (October 14, 1973 – May 25, 2020) was a black American man killed during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after allegedly using counterfeit money to buy cigarettes. Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck for nearly eight minutes as he lay handcuffed on the ground. After his death, protests against police violence toward black people quickly spread across the United States and internationally.
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From survival to trans activism in Baltimore

On a humid Friday afternoon on Charles Street earlier this month, Baltimore Safe Haven founder Iya Dammons sweated alongside local artist Jaime Grace-Alexander and scores of volunteers to paint the words “Black Trans Lives Matter.” For a Black trans woman who once worked in this area to survive, and who has seen too many others die here, it was a labor of love. “We’re in a state of emergency,” said Dammons, whose organization provides food, shelter and other services to the transgender community. “We marked in stone that our lives matter along with the Black Lives Matter movement.” Dammons’s group previously held a Black Trans Lives Matter rally and march in Baltimore on June 2, during the early wave of protests following George Floyd’s

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