Solidarity protest for black lives in Westfield

Hampden County

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Westfield joined the world wide movement Thursday, calling for justice, equality, and to put an end to police brutality.

George Floyd’s death was the boiling point for so many, sparking protests that demand change. However, no one knew his death would change the world, some expected him to be another statistic.

“I really didn’t pay much attention, as I usually try not to, because I truthfully think nothing is ever going to get dealt with,” Juan Fuentes told 22News. “As it progressed more and more, there was no avoiding it. I’d look at it and I’d catch myself honestly crying at night tearing up because it really does affect me.”

Westfield’s green was a sea of protesters holding signs, chanting “Black Lives Matter!” and “No Justice, No Peace!”. Organizers described the event as a peaceful protest to support the voices of the Black Lives Matter community and to bring awareness.

“As a white woman, I’m here to talk to my community,” Darian Wheelock told 22News. “I’m not here to talk for the black and brown lives that come in their community, we are here to educate people and let them know what needs to be done.”

Although Westfield is just one small city in western Massachusetts, the message from these protesters is being echoed by protesters around the world, leaving hope that there will be change.

“From the protests going on around U.S., we’ve already done things that haven’t been done in the past hundreds of years. I mean, people are finally starting to listen and so I think if we just push harder and we protest, we can get stuff down,” said Alberto Morales of Westfield.

Protesters stood on the green, six feet apart and were encouraged to bring signs, masks, hand sanitizer, water, snacks, and first aid supplies.

There are still a number of other protests taking place over the weekend which are happening all throughout western Massachusetts.

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