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Besides, that’s what umbrellas are for.

J.C. Nichols Fountain.

There was a planned demonstration for peace and inclusion today at the J.C. Nichols Fountain in Mill Creek Park near the entrance to the Plaza. About an hour before the planned 2:00 p.m. start one of the organizers posted a cancellation notice due to the weather via social media.

About twenty people showed up anyway. Most because they didn’t get the word in time.

The Kansas City Police had a significant presence staged a discreet distance away. As someone opined, “They don’t want another Charlottesville.”

From 1:30 p.m. to after 3:00 p.m. there were only a few intermittent rain drops.

Individuals with signs and past experience at demonstrations in the park know they can stand on the sidewalk facing the traffic driving into the Plaza. Plenty of people will see them. These two individuals faced to the east with their signs:

“…and Peace”

One speaker thanked those who did show up and reminded them that resistance is an action – it’s not enough just to show up – do something, anything to move forward.

Yes, those streaks in the photo are raindrops.