3/20 Coalition Shares ‘Days Of Action’ Event Details Honoring Anniversary Of Osagie’s Death

State College’s 3/20 Coalition, a local advocacy group, is hosting 10 “days of action” to honor the two-year anniversary of Osaze Osagie’s death. The event will take place beginning Friday, March 12 through Sunday, March 21.

The first event of the series is a peaceful “die-in” at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 12 at the State College Municipal Building. The purpose of the die-in is to demand the resignation of three borough officials, Mayor Ron Filippelli, Borough Manager Tom Fountaine, and Police Chief John Gardner.

“In the two years since Osaze’s murder, these three officials have used their positions of public trust to hide key information about the facts of the investigation, including the identity of the officers involved and details regarding their fitness for duty,” 3/20 Coalition said in a release. “Public demands for transparency and accountability have been met with either hostility or obstinate silence.”

The schedule for 10 days of action is as follows:

  • Working for Justice Within Centre County — Friday, March 12 @ 7 p.m. — Zoom
  • Organizing for BLM 101 — Saturday, March 13 @ 3 p.m. — Zoom
  • Black Healing Circle — Sunday, March 14 @ 5:30 p.m.
  • Criminalization of Mental Health Crises — Monday, March 15 @ 6 p.m. — Zoom
  • Race & Criminalization: Virtual Panel — Tuesday, March 16 @ 5 p.m. — Zoom
  • Community-Based Alternatives to Policing — Wednesday, March 17 @ 6 p.m. — Zoom
  • Transformative Justice: Social Media Teach-In — Thursday, March 18 — all day
  • Two Years Too Late: Protest & March — Friday, March 19 @ 5 p.m. — Allen Street Gates
  • Honoring Osaze’s Legacy Community Festival — Saturday, March 20 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Black Healing Circle — Sunday, March 21 @ 5:30 p.m.

A link to the Zoom events can be found here. In-person event locations will be posted on the 3/20 Coalition’s social media pages throughout the week.

Osagie was fatally shot in his own home by a State College police officer performing a mental health check in March 2019. The names of the three officers involved in his death were released by the borough in early January following pressure from the 3/20 Coalition and a lawsuit filed by the Osagie family. No officers have been charged.

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