BLM demonstration in Pine Island |

BLM demonstration in Pine Island

Devin Martin
Updated: July 02, 2020 10:49 PM
Created: July 02, 2020 10:45 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Two Black Lives Matter demonstrations, one week apart. The first being met with tension on the other side of Main Street, where community members came out to show support for law enforcement.

The July 2 demonstration ran into the late evening giving people an opportunity to get their message out once more.

"I just think it's important to have this protest to let people in a small town have our voices be heard," Devale Taylor, an organizer said. "After protesting last week, we saw the need to protest again this week because there were individuals flying the confederate flag here proudly and that goes against what we stand for and we just want unity."

With some people showing support and others not, Devale wants everyone to know something. 

"To have an ear to listen, be mindful and try to support us if you can and understand that we could use all of the support that we can gather," he said. 

Pine Island city council member Kelly Leibold said she was happy with how the event turned out.

"I am so proud of my hometown of Pine Island," she said."I just want to ensure that everybody including people of color feels the same way." 

With the first protest taking place last week those at Thursday's demonstration say it's okay for something like this to happen more than once.

"It's been really good that there have been so many people from all over the community coming out to support us today and I feel like we're building a bigger movement," Alice Is Kopp, an organizer said. 

Alice says she wants Pine Island city leaders to hear them.

"I would tell them I want you to come out and say, Black Lives Matter," she said. "I want you to come out and say we will stand up for you and defend your right to be here. And we do not accept white supremacy in this community."

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