BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – Residents of Belchertown gathered in opposition to Sheriff Arpaio. The group, Belchertown Voices for Justice, organized a peaceful protest on the town common.
Some came to stand up to anti-immigration policies, others came in response to racism and hate.
Cliff McCarthy told 22News, “We are here as residents of Belchertown to reject the policies of the hate and anti-immigration and racist behavior that they represent.”
Ellen Hopman noted, “We want an open welcoming society. We don’t want so many guns. We want a well-regulated militia.”
The protesters held signs, sang songs, and made their voices heard to a chorus of honking drivers who passed by.
Belchertown Voices for Justice claims that Sheriff Arpaio targeted Latino communities with raids and used anti-immigration tactics during his time as sheriff.