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Two rallies are being planned in the next few days in Indiana Borough to call attention to racial injustice similar to many that have taken place across the country in the last week.

Protests have roiled the country since the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while he was in police custody as demonstrators try to call attention to continued police brutality.

Social media has may indicated that protesters may be a planning to assemble Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Rite Aid parking lot and march down the sidewalk of Philadelphia Street, to IRMC Park.

One of the organizers of Wednesday’s event is Rebecca Niel, an eighth-grader from Shelocta who has attended Indiana Area Junior High School but now attends cyberschool.

Rebecca, who stressed that the protest is meant to be peaceful, said Tuesday night the message being spread nationwide needs to be heard in Indiana, too.

“Indiana is a small town. We need to hear this,” she said. “It needs to be heard worldwide. It’s an important issue.”

Rebecca is the daughter of Becky Niel.

On Sunday, another peace rally as a memorial for Floyd is being planned for about an hour outside the Indiana County Court House starting at 2 p.m.

That day, community activists Poom Taylor and Alex Clark will provide opening words, followed by reading of poems and short stories, an opening prayer by the Rev. Stephen Bond and a closing prayer by Pastor Katrina Laude. Protesters are asked to wear masks and stay socially distant.