JOHNSTOWN – On Saturday, August 1st, Put People First! PA and supporters held a ‘March against police violence; Fight for Human Rights’ in Johnstown starting at Central Park and continuing on to the police station to then City Hall and the Conemaugh hospital Lee campus.

Demands during the march included:

  • Police accountability and reallocating the Johnstown Police Department (JPD) budget to fund healthcare alternatives to aggressive, violent police practices like that of assaulting George Corson Jr on June 17th, while he suffered from a mental health episode.
  • The release of the names of the JPD officers involved and the state police report of the 6/25, 2012 police killing of Elip Cheatham of Johnstown.
  • Protection of our human rights during the pandemic and economic crisis including the right to healthcare, housing and protection from eviction.

For more information or to get involved in Johnstown, contact Healthcare Rights Committee Co-coordinators Larry at or Maddy at

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