Guest Columnist

We are tired. We must be heard.

Amber Thompson of Cedar Rapids holds up a sign joined by others gathered for the 'I Can't Breathe' protest along 1st Ave
Amber Thompson of Cedar Rapids holds up a sign joined by others gathered for the ‘I Can’t Breathe’ protest along 1st Avenue East in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

We would like to start off by saying “thank you” to everyone who supports the “I Can’t Breathe” movement.

We started this movement here in Cedar Rapids for more reasons than just to get justice for George Floyd. Our main goal was to open the eyes of our community to put a stop to police brutality. We as the people of the community must make our voices heard! The only way we believe we can do that is by constant peaceful protesting and making awareness of voting in the rural areas. We have met many people who are against the Black Lives Matter Movement, and who use “black on black crime” as a tactic used to dismiss the real issue, which is to put an end to unjustified cases and the endless victims to police brutality and racism.

Being black shouldn’t be a crime, and being white shouldn’t give you power over other people of color.

Privilege is also a huge problem that we like people to understand. We also want people to understand that racism is a problem all around the world and across race! Now is a time for the people to come together to finally ends to this unjust burden on our country, our society and ways of living!

“I can’t breathe.” “No justice, no peace, no crooked police,” aren’t just phrases they are feelings — feelings of sorrow, of pain, of years and years of neglect and mistreat, we retreat, WE ARE TIRED. WE MUST BE HEARD!

We would like to give thanks to everybody in the community who came out and supported the movement! We would also like to give a special thanks to Sophia Joseph and Dedric Doolin for helping us raise our awareness! We encourage everybody in the community to continue to stand up for what they believe in and the Black Lives Matter movement! We are living in the days of modern slavery and the only way we will make ends meet is if we put our foot down. Stop racism! Stop police brutality!

Mimisha Boots, Tierney Pollard and Mariona Walker are the organizers of the “I Can’t Breathe” protests in Cedar Rapids.

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