Safe Haven for Royal and Family

My mother Mary Parker and I have been living in Pleasant Valley for 15 years going on 16 years of my life. I came here from Amenia and left three years ago to serve with the United States Army as an active duty 88M. I am a trans veteran and have been protesting since the tender age of 12.

Saturday July 18th was by far the worst experience I have ever had protesting. Even in the weeks leading up to my peaceful Rally in the Valley, I received many threats of violence and dog whistle death threats towards my self, my family and my comrades. I took all the correct steps in to making this Rally happen, I spent countless hours on the phone with elected officials, went to countless meetings and sent countless emails to ensure that my allies and I would be safe. I myself was assured by the Dutchess County Sheriffs Department that we would have heavy police presence, protection and were lawfully allowed to match in the streets.

On the after noon of July 18th, we met in the ball field in Pleasant Valley, we had pizza, snacks, water, and juice. We played songs of encouragement. We had speakers who each took time to talk about peace, unity and love. We took time to meet with all of our peace keepers, to give them words of encouragement and make sure we were all on on the same page, and that page was nonviolent. We knew that the Dutchess County Conservative Party of NY, the counter protesters, were angry and that they would most likely say hateful things, but we are better then them our message was love, justice and equality.
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As we moved out of the baseball field and into position to peacefully march, we were headed by the sheriff's on 2 ATVs, even at this point we still felt protected. As we marched and chanted we only made it a short distance before we were blocked by the counter protesters, the cops dispersed leaving us vulnerable. We were now face to face with the exact hatred and volatility we were marching against. We stayed true to the reason we were there, even with racial slurs, message of pure hate including "go home" and "die", "all Lives Matter" and "Trump 2020" water bottles being thrown at us and grown men spitting at us. The counter protesters of the Dutchess County Conservative Party even took things to a physical level jumping out at us, pushing us, punching women in the face, and slapping a child in her face. Women waving middle fingers in the faces of children screaming words of hate. Blue Lives Matter/All Lives Matter, Black Lives don’t matter, made their message crystal clear they were not there to be peaceful.

At the end of the March we headed back into the baseball field so we could hydrate and tend to the people who had been injured. Then we gathered on the field to take a moment of silence. During our moment the counter protesters once again tried to intimidate us again, blocking the only exit from the baseball field and also throwing down screws and nails int the parking lot. The cops were able to take order for the 1st time since the march began and we were able to leave the parking lot safely.

I took the night to reflect and gather myself. I found no relief or sense of safety in my town of Pleasant Valley,NY. The amount of pure hate is something I am still trying to process. I care deeply for the people I love and I was sadden by the things I witnessed first hand. It’s very scary and traumatic what occurred from the Conservative Party of DC. My family and I fear for our safety and livelihood. After some reflection, I have come to the conclusion that I do not feel safe in the town or my home that I live in. Since that day I have been identified around and throughout surroundings towns. I have been fully exposed and stripped down along with my mother. I am still exposed to threats of violence and hatred as I am one of very few with a dark skin tone in my community that isn’t so pleasant after all. It's with my best judgment to keep my mother and family safe that we seek to leave Pleasant Valley aka Death Valley.

This does not mean that I will ever stop pushing for what I believe and know is right and that is justice and equality for ALL. I am fearful and scared to go outside without my mom or dog to protect and keep me alert. I have trouble sleeping and refuse to go into town by myself out of who I may encounter while I am alone. I am asking that if you can, please help me with the next part of my journey. I am appreciative of all of you that support me and love me for the person I am, its very humbling.

The money will also help support me as I am in need of a dental implant due to an infection, a storage unit, helping me continue to do my activism as well continue the mission of Until We’re All Free. We have a simple security system in which I would like a better one to feel safer in my home as well as the next. We need to move we are looking to either rent or buy. We need a fridge, a home monitoring security system, a down payment if we are to buy or assistance in a safer location which could be more rent and higher utilities. We need help with moving costs as well as.

With Love: Royal Parker

Donations

  • Tyler Melson 
    • $50 
    • 16 hrs
  • Millions of Butterflies Inc. 
    • $50 
    • 17 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
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  • valentino coniglio 
    • $10 
    • 2 d
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    • $10 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Royal Parker 
Organizer
Pleasant Valley, NY
Mary Parker 
Beneficiary
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