Dozens gather for protest in Richmond

Hundreds gathered in Richmond Monday afternoon, which is a predominantly White town, for a protest to support the Black community in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
Brittany 6 Pm Hit Richmond Protest

RICHMOND, R.I. (WLNE) – Hundreds gathered in Richmond Monday afternoon, which is a predominantly White town, for a protest to support the Black community in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

“I think it’s important for this community in general to speak about it because it’s not them or us,” said organizer Isabelle Sullivan. “It’s us together.”

A group of students from Chariho High School, including Sullivan, organized this latest protest outside Richmond Town Hall.

“We felt like we could make people think about what they support and possibly get them to change their views on things,” said Cordelia Calverson, another organizer of the demonstration.

One protester said it gave her hope to know a student put together the rally.

“We know that they’re the generation who not only will be educating the younger, they’ll be educating the older as well,” the protester said. “I knew that if a student was doing this to say that my life mattered, I had to come to show her ‘thank you.'”

Protesters not only came out to hold signs, but to sign petitions for justice in the murders of George Floyd and other unarmed black men.

“I didn’t think we could ever have a change in our country but this time I have hope that we will have a change,” said protester Dawn Dove.

“I think it shows that a lot of people do care and that we just need to come together as a community to show that these issues are important and we’re all going to be united at a time when so many people are divided in this country,” said Calverson.

Protesters also thanked local police who offered security during the rally.

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