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Hundreds march in Carytown demanding racial equality

Posted at 11:33 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 23:54:59-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Hundreds gathered Thursday evening in the Kroger shopping center in Carytown demanding racial equality.

Several speakers spoke at the gathering about the gentrification happening across the City of Richmond and the unfair treatment of those in public housing face.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced last month some steps that were being taken to protect those in danger of losing their home.

But those protesting Thursday believe that more needs to be done.

"We need to make that we fund those that are fighting being displaced, because of how neighborhoods are flipping," Allan-Charles Chipman said. "And we need to make sure that we are not just chasing our American dream that we have been conditioned to do but making sure that we are building an African heritage.

Heavy rain didn't stop protesters from marching through the streets down Cary street and throughout Windsor Farms, a predominantly wealthy neighborhood that runs along Cary Street. Organizers said that Thursday's protest wanted to help put an end to evictions during the pandemic and racial equality with housing.

"They don't even have to have a charge on you. They can suspect you of criminal activity," Community organizer, Omari Al-Qadaffi said. "Someone can say that they suspect you of criminal activity, and a whole family will get put out on the streets. It happens every day."

"We have the power to put an end to it when get together and get organized. All I have left to say is to abolish the rent, free the land and all power to the people," another speaker added.