Black and brown activists taking to the streets for armed march, gun and voting rights rally Saturday in Hartford

Black and brown activists taking to the streets for armed march, gun and voting rights rally Saturday in Hartford

Cornell Lewis, seen here at a rally in June in Bloomfield, has organized a rally on Albany Avenue in Hartford on Oct. 3 that advocates for gun rights, voting rights and freedom of speech. About 200 Black and brown activists, many of them legally bearing arms, will march on Albany Avenue in the North End of Hartford on Saturday morning, in a demonstration to educate the community about Constitutional rights and to let people know “we will embrace the Second Amendment, if we have to, to defend ourselves,” the protest’s organizer said. Cornell Lewis of the Self Defense Brigade said people of color believe they must be prepared to protect their communities and their families due to endemic police killings of Black people, crimes against Black people that are not investigated thoroughly and the rise of white supremacist groups. “We are demonstrating to let those in power know we’ve asked nicely. This is not what we want to do. It’s what you forced us to do. You haven’t treated us in a fashion befitting humanity,” Lewis said. “Black and brown people in America seem to think only way to get across that we want justice is praying, picketing, kneeling, holding hands with the oppressor. It hasn’t seemed to work,” Lewis said. Keren Prescott, co-organizer of the event, said marchers will gather at 10 a.m. at Albany Avenue and Woodland Street. The march will proceed east about a half mile toward Garden Street, pause, then go another half mile toward […]

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