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Group Gathers in Springfield to Protest Racism, Inequality

A group gathered in Springfield on Sunday afternoon to protest against racism and inequality.

The protesters stood at the corner of Glenstone Avenue and Battlefield Road from noon to 2 p.m. holding signs with messages like "Black Lives Matter" and "Black LGBTQ+ Lives Matter."

At 1:45 p.m., there were about two dozen people protesting.

Joshua Rivera, one of the organizers, said the group in Springfield wanted to show solidarity with protesters in St. Louis who have been gathering since September when a police officer was acquitted in connection with the 2011 shooting death of a black man.

Rivera said his message on Sunday was one of unity.

"We should all be one movement: all lives matter, black lives matter, blue lives matter," Rivera said. "We should all be one movement because we all want the same thing. We all want equality. We all want to be respected. We all want peace. And we all want accountability."

Rivera said the goal of the protesters was to bring people together to end racism.

The protest at Glenstone and Battlefield has been a weekly event for about the last month and a half, Rivera said, and the number of people participating has steadily grown.

Rivera said Sunday's crowd was the largest yet. The group plans to meet again at the same location this coming Sunday at noon.

(Story shared by the Springfield News-Leader. Read the original article here.) 


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