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Solidarity March in Rochester

Jordyn Reed
Updated: September 05, 2020 11:00 PM
Created: September 05, 2020 08:39 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Chants, cheers, and drums echoed through the streets as more than 100 people marched in solidarity from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park to Mayo Park on Saturday afternoon.

"When people are constantly showing up to protest, getting their voices out, speaking on the issues that we face every day as people, the powers that be are taking notice and they're trying to have us at the table to address these issues," Eamone Quinn, a community member said about this march's importance.

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The event looked to address more than one issue happening in our world today, but the overall message comes back to unity.

"Unity, solidarity because that it was it going to make the change," Mictlan Tecuhtli, a spokesperson with The Brown Berets of Minnesota, said. "All of us uniting, all of us being one."

Once the march arrived at Mayo Park, speakers addressed the crowd either through song, poems or speeches on what changes need to happen and why.

"We're hoping that this smaller group is here to put in the tough work and to actually make some systemic changes so that we can see local change," Yezi Gugsa, co-founder of Rochester Community Initiative, said. "We have Planned Parenthood here to help people register to vote, local candidates here to share their platform."

Saturday's event meant something different to everyone, but to Gugsa it was about finally feeling the support for a cause she cares so much about.

"For the longest time this fight felt so lonely and it felt like nobody had my back," Gugsa said. "So, to have all these people here today it really shows. People came from the cities to come down to Rochester to march. That just shows to me that we're not alone in this fight and that there is some unity."

More information on the march can be found here.


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