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Community reacts to Billings protest message, turnout

Posted at 11:21 PM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 16:32:30-04

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While the protest has roots in the Black Lives Matter movement, organizers wanted to be sure to acknowledge the struggles many indigenous members of the community face.

The rally began with a Native American prayer led by Josiah Hugs, asking people to participate in whatever way they were comfortable with.

Later, a local song-writer Au Ju Williams participated in a piece reading.

Overall, members of minority groups said they appreciated the message and support.

The featured speakers include: Samuel Enemy-Hunter, Renee Stonebreaker, Alexis Cooper, Lily Mae, Jerry Clark, Eran Thompson, Dylan Whitney, Sydney Fitzpatrick, Bradley Nelson, Amber and Ken Palmer, as well as Jessica and James Bulluck.

Organizers wanted to reinforce that the event was not a political protest, but rather intended to show solidarity with the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community.