Today was the day that a group of individuals including myself took a stand for justice and peace for a man by the name of Leon Ford. For weeks I’ve been notifying individuals to come out and show support for a cause. Police brutality is something that occurs regularly in many areas of the world, specifically amongst minorities. Today we held a nation wide rally for Leon Ford.
The rally began at Camden Park Plaza, continued over the Brooklyn Bridge and into 42nd Street Times Square. We walked five miles to speicifically indicate and acknowledge the five times Leon had been shot by Pittsburgh traffic officers. When we saw that the turn in the amount of people that actually showed up was lower than we anticipated, we didn’t let that discourage us nor did we give up. Instead we resulted to our Plan B which consisted of using the idea of having individuals sign the physical petition we had at hand and take photos holding up signs that were created. I have to say this was an amazing idea simply because it was more powerful than physically speaking. We were stopped several times by inquiriers wanting to learn more about the situation, in result signatures were given and pictures were taken.
Overall my group and I learned that it doesn’t take a large amount of people to spread the word about an important issue. In fact, the smaller the better because as long as every individual participating is well informed it’s easier to get the word across. Most importantly we learned that pictures say a thousand words and that visuals are the best way in getting the message across. This was one of the best experiences I’ve yet to encounter and I know this is only the beginning.
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