PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Local activists rallied in the rain in downtown Pittsburgh on Tuesday, calling for protection for members of the black community and those who identify as trans.
Those who showed up at this rally called for better investments in black neighborhoods, organizations and schools. But they also demanded more movement on behalf of politicians and police to solve and bring justice to homicide cases involving members of the black and trans communities.
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Dozens of people stood in the rain, lining Grant Street outside the City-County Building, demanding justice and defense for members of the black community who lost their lives to gun violence and black trans people who have also been victims of violence in the Region.
“If we don’t come together, we’re going to continue to be in the same space with our loved ones who are dying from the community, from the police, from the systems. The systems that are put in place to keep us oppressed as black people,” said Trans YOUniting founder Dena Stanley.
She talks about people like Amari Lei, 19, a trans woman who was found shot dead on the streets of Wilkinsburg on New Years Day. Members of his family were present at the rally and said the investigation into his death showed no progress.
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“I pray for the blessing of Amari’s mother, who has not had a moment’s rest since Amari was taken from our lives and from her life, and from the life of her grandmother and from us. all of us here,” her cousin Erin Perry said.
Many speakers expressed feelings of being let down by politicians and demanded that their voices be heard and that the families whose loved ones were taken for them get justice.
“How can you be murdered by the police and it’s called an accident?” Jim Rodgers wouldn’t have died if he hadn’t been tasered. This is no accident,” said Brandi Fisher, president of the Alliance for Police Accountability.
Trans YOUniting, the Alliance for Police Accountability, Black Lives Matter Pittsburgh and 1Hood helped organize this rally.
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Organizers said there will be more actions like this in the future and encouraged more people to get involved.