2021 Stand Up Participation Guidelines

As we enter the final stretches of preparations for the Fifth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration, Stand Up for Justice, Love, and Equality, the CARE team asks you to take note (and share with friends) a few participation and safety guidelines for this joyful, family-friendly event:

  • The Stand Up will begin at 10:30 and finish at 10:45. Participants should begin taking spaces in the street at 10:15 a.m. and no earlier than 10 a.m. We will finish before 11:00 a.m.
  • Due to pandemic health concerns, this year’s celebration is designed to allow community members to find and maintain a distanced space to demonstrate public commitment to an equal and inclusive community. For the health and safety of yourself and others please wear face coverings. We will Stand Up for Justice, Love, and Equality in the streets of our Community!
  • We will simultaneously use a rectangle of streets at the heart of our parade route. Main Street between Preston and Henry Streets, Henry Street, Washington Street, and Nelson Street (all between Main and Jefferson Streets) and Jefferson Street (between Preston and Henry Streets). We will leave Randolph Street and Preston Street open to regular traffic in order to reduce gathering there and to allow for participants to have better drive in and parking access via Randolph and the public parking lot there and Preston Street open in order to avoid traffic rerouting problems while we simultaneously occupy the streets at the center of town.
  • Participants will be directed to open spaces with assistance of our Marshals. For the health and safety of yourself and others please wear face coverings. All participants not dependent on the physical assistance of others will stand as single individuals. We will direct participants to find spots that are isolated by a minimum of 6 feet on all sides.
  • Distancing is not only for safety. It is also our attempt to symbolically occupy community space and hold up all the lives, especially black and brown, lost to Covid and to racist violence this year. So we are creating empty spaces amongst us as an important part of the event.
  • We encourage signs and banners that uphold Dr. King’s message love, justice, equality, and inclusion for all. All signs or banners must be made of crushable materials such as poster board, cardboard, or foam board. Please do not bring wooden or metal poles or signs as they are expressly forbidden in our city permit.
  • All signs and banners should use language acceptable to use with small children, and no symbols of the Confederacy, white supremacy, neo-Nazi, or other fascist or racist movements or groups are permitted.
  • We will use photography, professional drone imagery, and individual selfies (bring your phones!) to capture a images of a community that is claiming its streets for nonviolence.
  • In order to ease the anxieties of all participants, please do us a favor and leave backpacks at home or in your car.
  • As always, CARE policy restricts the carrying of all weapons of any type, and the city permit further restricts masks other than pandemic related face coverings, shields, or helmets not associated with a motorcycle or bicycle, chemical irritants such as aerosol sprays, and any items that might be used as projectiles, such as rocks or glass bottles.