Black Lives Matter Demonstration in Binghamton
Members of the Binghamton area faith community and others organize a Black Lives Matter March and Rally.
Organizers said the demonstration outside Binghamton City Hall is in response to what they said was the Binghamton City School District's disproportionate incident referral rates for children of color.
The group says school district incident reports on average show students of color are almost seven times likely to be referred for disciplinary actions that can lead to suspensions.
A flyer promoting the May 18 march says the children referred for disciplinary action were eight times more likely to end up in prison.
The organizers urged residents to “march to keep our kids educated, not incarcerated” and “to end discriminatory policing in our community.”