LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – The Longmeadow Anti-Racism Coalition’s first “Standout” of 2021 took place Friday night.
The coalition will stand against racism of all kinds every Friday for the rest of the year. They started these demonstrations last year and held them every week. Friday’s was the first of 2021. They’ll gather at the corner of Longmeadow Street and Forest Glen Road from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Organizers of the coalition said the the George Floyd verdict earlier this week was a step in the right direction, but there’s still so much work to be done.
“Regarding the verdict on George Floyd, I was relieved. I wasn’t elated, I wasn’t celebrating. I was relieved,” said Erin Freed, founder of the Longmeadow Anti-Racism Coalition. “At least this time, we as a country, we as a court system, we did the right thing, and we need to do that more often.”
Stephan Platzer, organizer for the coalition, told 22News, “I grew up in this town, and I think it’s important that we have racial equality. Not just for Black people, but for Asians, all sorts of people…. that people are treated equally. That’s the important part.”
Everyone is invited to participate but face masks and social distancing are required. The coalition says they are standing out every Friday to remind themselves and the community to live up to the values of our country’s founding.