The experience was immense beyond measure of words, and I hope that these photos capture some of the powerful emotion that we experienced" Thank you to Katie Rizea for sharing and adding to our #signsofprotest collection.
Local Windsorite, Lindsay Whalen attended the Waterfront Peace Walk on May 31, 2020 & the Balloon Ceremony June 7, 2020.
"I have grown up and currently reside in Windsor. Detroit, Michigan has always been a part of my weekly life, and frequently visit: I've built relationships, friendships and have family over there. I have grown as a human and partaken in arts education at the museums and cultural centers there. To watch the struggle Detroit and cities all over USA continue to fight against racial injustice is heartbreaking. I've turned my attention to racial injustices in our own Country, and ways that I can stand against racism, oppression and violence that is also so entrenched in our Canadian society. As a white woman, I feel it's meaningful to stand in solidarity with the local and global BIPOC community. These peaceful protests were a great way to physically be present in my support. I was filled with pride and gratitude that so many Windsor residents feel the same. I hope people continue discussions, write and lobby their Local MPs, petition and demonstrate for change. We have a lot of work to do, but if we all share the work, change is gonna come!"
We are pleased to share a Signs of Protest submission from Katelyn Mercer.
"I am a white ally, I was in awe of our community coming together in full force to peacefully stand in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters. The signs that I saw were powerful and moving, the chants were strong and emotional and the people were full of love and anger.
We should not have to be out in the streets for our brothers and sisters. We should not have to be screaming at the top of our lungs that black, indigenous and LGBTQ+ lives are worth the same as straight white males. All human beings should be held to the same standard. I could see from the faces of the protesters, who ranged from 5 to 75, that this is not a fad. This is not a moment, this is a movement, and I was empowered by my fellow Windsorites to continue to make changes in my own life to push this movement forward, so our children and grandchildren will not have to. And so that the beautiful black artists, entrepreneurs, factory workers, business people, mothers and fathers, will not have to live in fear of the very people that are supposed to be protecting them."