Style Weekly fittingly calls the upcoming protest, which organizers hope will draw up to 1,000 people, “A Diamond Ring.”
A group of protesters opposed to Mayor Dwight Jones’ Shockoe Bottom stadium plan are expected to encircle The Diamond on Sunday, Style Weekly reports:
Opponents of Mayor Dwight Jones’ plan to build a baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom say they’re going to encircle the city’s current ballpark Sunday.
Organizer Terry Rea estimates that it will take about a thousand people to ring The Diamond on Boulevard, which is home to the AA minor-league team the Flying Squirrels. Rea says the circle will only use public property and that he chose July 27 because the team will be playing out of town.
“There’s no intention for this to be civil disobedience,” Rea says. “It seems like fun to me.”
Rea, who has outlined his opposition to the Shockoe stadium plan in Style, says his goal is to bring together the various groups working against a Shockoe stadium. While City Council prepares to reconvene in September, he says he’s weary of what action it might take on Mayor Jones’ proposal.
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