Prizm News / March 12, 2018 / By Bob Vitale

Supporters of the Black Pride 4 hung this banner on a bridge over State Rt. 315 in Columbus last week. (Photo courtesy of BQIC, via Facebook)

Three of the activists arrested at last year’s Pride parade will be sentenced on Tuesday.

By Bob Vitale

Rallies are planned today in Columbus and five other cities from Fort Lauderdale to Oakland, Calif., in support of three activists who face sentencing Tuesday for charges stemming from protests at last year’s Columbus Pride parade. 

Wriply Bennet, Ashley Braxton and Kendall Denton were convicted last month in Franklin County Municipal Court on disorderly conduct and other charges that could bring maximum sentences of one to 10 months. 

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They’ll go before Judge Cynthia Ebner, who presided over their six-day trial in February. A fourth activist, Deandre Miles faces a separate trial on felony charges.  

The National Day of Action, organized by Get Equal and Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus, is using the hashtag “#ColumbusIsGuilty” to highlight what organizers say is a “sick city” whose civic and LGBTQ leaders ignore police brutality and violence against queer people of color. 

The local rally will take place Downtown outside Columbus City Hall at 5 p.m. 

A group called No Justice No Pride is planning rally in Washington, D.C., outside the U.S. Department of Justice. New Yorkers will rally outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and a rally called “Columbus Is Guilty and So Are We” is planned at the Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale. 

In Lawrence, Kansas, activists will serve chili and baked goods outside the local public library to raise money for the Black Pride 4. The TGI Justice Project, which advocates for trans, genderqueer and intersex people in Oakland, Calif., will host a screening of the documentary, “Major!”

Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.