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Bourgeois Pig giving free coffee and water to support free speech with protests Wednesday

Bourgois Pig will be offering free coffee and water to anyway on Wednesday. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — A march from David Street Station to City Hall is set to take place in downtown Casper starting at 12 pm Wednesday, June 3 surrounding the death of George Floyd who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his back and neck for several minutes.

Downtown coffee shop the Bourgeois Pig, will be offering free coffee and water to anyone on Wednesday in an effort to show support for the right to free speech and constructive dialogue.

“I just want everybody to know we need dialogue,” Bourgeois Pig owner Josh Tinnell said. “People should come downtown, they should hear what these kids have to say. We should be open to dialogue. If I can give away some water, some coffee and some free face masks to keep everybody safe and maybe get people together for some constructive conversation, then good.”

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He notes that coffee houses have a long history of supporting dialogue and the development of democratic principles.

“The very principles of democracy itself was born in coffee houses and taverns thousands of years ago,” Tinnell said. “Thousands. The Persians, the Turks. In fact, a lot of people think it started in taverns, and that’s actually not true because their religion forbid drinking. So the reality is, the principles, the very beginning of even the concept of democracy started in coffee houses. The American Revolution started in coffee houses.”

“I wouldn’t be true to what I am trying to do here if I didn’t support everybody’s First Amendment right. I just wish it wasn’t happening during the coronavirus crisis. I’ve got to stand up for what I believe in, even if it hurts my business, first and foremost.”

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If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

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  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
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  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

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