Peaceful protest

Over 450 community members participated in the March for Racial Justice on Thursday, June 18. The marchers completed a mile long route that began and ended at Fireman’s Park. Organizers said their goals were: To acknowledge that racism is endemic in our society at the political, cultural, economic, educational, and personal levels, and that protesters intend to continue to challenge racism; to mourn the victims of racism, from recent high-profile cases to a long and violent history of oppression, as well as the ongoing everyday acts of discrimination that people of color face in society; and to encourage the local police department in their ongoing intention to examine and refine their policies, procedures, and training to help all staff address issues of diversity and equity. There were too many marchers to stay on the sidewalk, so they walked in one lane of Holum and DeForest streets, chanting slogans, carrying signs, and peacefully demonstrating their desire for a world in which racism is confronted and eliminated in the lives of all its citizens. The police department assisted with logistics of the march, and marchers ended up at Fireman’s park engaging in conversations about issues and future activities. The march was similar to others that have been held around the country in recent weeks.

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