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[Photo Story] 3/20 Coalition Hosts ‘Justice For Daunte’ Protest

The 3/20 Coalition hosted a protest at the Allen Street Gates Tuesday night to demand justice for Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man fatally shot by police in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, over the weekend.

The protest attracted dozens of community members to listen to activists in the State College area, including Black Caucus President Nyla Holland and Penn State Ph.D. candidate Gabriel Green.

Tierra Williams, the co-chair of the 3/20 Coalition, opened the event explaining its purpose, which was to stand in solidarity with the family of Daunte Wright.

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Shortly after, Holland stepped up to the microphone.

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“There is no reform, there is no amendment that will fix this,” Holland said. “We must consider a new system. One for the people, one by the people, for all of us.”

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Penn State student Divine Lipscomb, who’s running for a Borough Council seat this May, spoke at the protest, pointing to the College Ave. rush hour traffic, saying, “I’m angry, not just because we’re standing here, but look, life just goes on. Life goes on for so many people who are around us.”

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He finished off by calling on police, saying, “You do not have a green light to kill people because you wear a badge.”

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“The truth is,” Green said, “police brutality only has the intention of tearing us down.”

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At the end of his speech, Green left the protest with one final thought.

“A cop in Clearfield County is a cop in Centre County,” he said. “A cop in Pennsylvania is a cop in Michigan!”

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“I’m tired of being at the bottom of America’s totem pole,” Williams lamented, “I’m tired of the hashtags.”

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Dr. R. Nanre Nafziger-Mayegun, co-chair of the 3/20 Coalition, concluded the protest with a heartfelt speech, “Our sons are crying for their mothers.”

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“I’m not going to bury my son,” Nafziger-Mayegun said. “Mothers are not allowed to bury their sons. They’re not allowed to attend their funerals because it’s too hard.”

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Following the event, protestors filled the sidewalks by the Allen Street Gates with sidewalk chalk messages calling for action.

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Michael Tauriello

Michael is a junior majoring in industrial engineering, hailing from outside of Frederick, Maryland. In his spare time, he likes to either explain to his friends why Mint Nittany ice cream is clearly superior to Bittersweet Mint, or perhaps talk about '80s music as if it was just released yesterday. You can find him on Twitter retweeting memes he thought were funny @mtauriello_.

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