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A View Inside: Black Lives Matter Rally Draws Hundreds to Downtown Syracuse

By Devin Martin

 

BLM1The Black Lives Matter Movement finally made its way to Syracuse, and the movement drew hundreds of supporters and local residents downtown on July 18.

Monday, at 9 a.m., the first of two marches began with over a hundred people walking from the Everson Museum on S. State Street, down to City Hall.

“We, as a community, need to speak up about what is right, because the police can’t police themselves,” Shawna Spivey-Spinner, organizer of the rally, and founder of the non-profit agency Project X, stated.

The crowd of people marched the three blocks from the museum, peacefully, down to City Hall, where many people then called for Mayor Stephanie Miner to respond, and to address the protesters.

The group waited for about 20 minutes, and then, after the crowd stopped in front of the City Hall offices, Mayor Miner and Syracuse Police Department Chief Frank Fowler came outside to speak to the group.

“There is injustice in the world. We are not immune from that, here in our city, and here in our country,” the mayor stated. “Each of us has a role, and can make our city, our state, and our country a better place. So, let’s not blame each other. I want to thank you all for being here. I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to march here. But, most importantly, I want to thank you for thinking about our future, and the role each of us has in it.”

BLM2According to Spivey-Spinner, the goal of the march was to have city officials listen to the pleas of the community, and to make sure the voices of every Syracuse resident was heard.

The mayor responded by urging people to formally reach out to her office, in order to make sure steps are being made to better the community.

“What we would like to do is to take this energy, and move forward toward concrete steps that we all can do,” Miner stated. “So, if you want to meet again to talk about concrete steps, we are happy to meet again, but you have to reach out to us and say, ‘We want to have a meeting.’”

Visit https://vimeo.com/175469924 or https://vimeo.com/175471508 to watch video from the rally, or click on the images below.

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