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Black Lives Matter rally in Pymmes Park, Edmonton

Members of the Enfield Caribbean Association (ECA) attended an anti-racist protest rally supporting the Black Lives Matter campaign. The protest was held in Pymmes Park in Edmonton. Around 100 people, of all ages and races, came together at incredibly short notice to show their support.

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Members of the Enfield Caribbean Association (ECA) attended an anti-racist protest rally supporting the Black Lives Matter campaign. The protest was held in Pymmes Park Edmonton. Around 100 people, of all ages and races, came together at incredibly short notice to show their support.

Several speakers spoke including our ECA Chair Oveta McInnis. All of the speakers shared similar sentiments. There to support the Black Lives Matter campaign. At one point the entire gathering knelt on one knee and held an 8 minute 46 seconds vigil paying our respects to George Floyd. It was Floyd’s untimely death, at the hands of a racist police officer that has triggered the wave of protests throughout the world.

The gathering sang the old hymn Amazing Grace in unison which was a very moving moment during the event. Speakers were passionate in sharing their personal stories and led chants of ‘No Justice, No Peace’. Many different local organisations were present. They encouraged everybody to get involved in the campaign in any way that we can in order to bring about justice and equality.