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Demonstrators gather in Colorado Springs for "The Land of the Free, Home of the Oppressed Rally"

Demonstrators gather in Colorado Springs for "The Land of the Free, Home of the Oppressed Rally"
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Posted at 5:59 PM, Jul 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-04 20:52:27-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Demonstrators gathered at Memorial Park Saturday for "The Land of Freedom, Home of the Oppressed Rally."

The Fourth of July protest was organized to bring attention to police brutality and systemic racism across the country.

"Fourth of July is when we're suppose to celebrate our freedom, but we know so many people don't feel free, they don't feel safe in the United States. It's important that we stand in solidarity," said Sarah Garcia-Plette.

Protesters say it's time for everyone to stand together, to create real change.

"This is the time for us to come together in solidarity. Not just black people alone, not just other people of color. This is a chance
to show that everybody matters," said Matrice Ellis.

"I do believe that there can be a change because for the first time I'm seeing white people show up and realize what we haven't
for centuries. It's really encouraging," said Madison Peddy.

Protesters marched along streets, signs in hand, trying to convey one message. No justice, no peace.

And while they say, change is not going to happen overnight, it's a step in the right direction.

"The solution isn't going too happen in one day, it's not going to happen in our own lifetimes but we can be the start of that change. We can create a better life for the generations to live in," said Claudia Valenzuela.

Protesters say they'll keep having rallies until they start seeing change. Another one is set for next Saturday (July 11) at John Adams Elementary.