SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Chants of “freedom,” “justice,” and “equality” rang through the streets of Springfield during Saturday’s March for Justice.
Dressed in black and with signs held high in the air, dozens of local residents made their voices heard, marching from Mason Square to City Hall to bring change.
Jenna Calderon of Springfield told 22News that the issue of city violence is what drew her to the march. “One of the reasons why we’re marching is to bring attention to the violence, because we want it to stop. I personally can speak of a couple of incidents that have happened when I’m on the next street over and thinking, ‘Wow that could have been me, I could have been there,’” she said.
But this march wasn’t just against violence- organizers, including Chelan Brown of the Greater Springfield NAACP, said their goal was to remind the community there’s still work to be done.
“There’s still things going on in the city of Springfield regarding people of color that we need to address: Civil rights, fair and adequate representation in city government, affirmative action, making sure that people can get the jobs they need,” she said.
Each sign that was held told a different story- ranging from racism and equality, to feminism, and the criminal justice system. Angela Dennis told 22News that she marched for equality.
“How are we going to get control of all of these problems we have here in Springfield and throughout the country? I think probably the main thing is equality, for everything to be equal. Justice has never seemed to be equal, you can either buy it or you can’t have it,” she said.
The NAACP of Greater Springfield and other local organizations planned the march in anticipation for next month’s Million Man March in Washington, D.C.