Yesterday afternoon I saw a post in Facebook that the Alliance of Black Professionals is planning a "1,000 Hoodies Walk for Trayvon Martin" at Springfield's Court Square on Saturday, March 31, at 10 am. YES! I thought, and started forwarding the post.
At 6:45 last night, Jim Kinney at the Republican picked up the story, and if you want to see just how alive and well racism is in Springfield, check out the article on MassLive and read the accompanying posts. You will also, fortunately, see a few signs of hope.
Now Arise is also planning a rally and march against the criminalization of poverty and homelessness only two days later, on April 2nd, same place-- we'll start gathering at noon and kick of the rally at 12:30. We still have a lot to do, and we're working hard.
But if there is ever a time for solidarity, this is it.
In a span of 48 hours, you can stand against racism and also stand against poverty. Actions make a difference.