By: Lanetra Bennett
April 8, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - "Sister Rallies' were held at the state Capitol building in Florida and California Tuesday.
Participants say the events were held to 'take a stand.' Dozens of people attended the one in Tallahassee in front of the Capitol. They were combating what they call 'senseless and growing community violence.'
Protesters' concerns ranged from immigration violence to police brutality, and the controversial 'stand your ground law.'
Derrick Lamar Smith, pastor of Community of Hope A.M.E. Zion Church, says, "We do have an addiction to guns, and we do have a fetish with money in this country. We need to talk about it and stop saying, hmm hmm hmm, what a shame. No, we need to tell folk that don't talk about it, let's be about it."
The rally was led by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in partnership with other human rights groups.
News Release: Freedom First International
Tallahassee, Fla. -- On April 8, 2014 at 9:30 a.m., hundreds are expected at the Florida Capitol and California Capitol in sister rallies to "take a stand," and question growing community violence.
Their concern is centered on issues ranging from immigration violence to police brutality, along with several other issues.
The rally is set on a day that will be a multi-national effort joined by other groups from around the country, in the hopes that it will be a day to remember for human rights groups in Florida.