Black Lives Matter movement on Main
PHOTO BY TREVOR SMITH
Despite the relatively last minute organization by Hudson resident Allie Duquette-Fuller at the request of her eight-year-old son, a sizeable group marched along Main Road Sunday, June 7 in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Resident Trevor Smith (left) said roughly 80 people including Mayor Jamie Nicholls, joined the procession that ended at the Community Centre.
Sunday, June 7 saw Black Lives Matter protests take place internationally and although the largest in our immediate region took place in Montreal with tens of thousands of participants in attendance, the opportunity for speaking up did not go unacknowledged locally.
When Allie Duquette-Fuller's eight-year-old son expressed an interest in attending the Montreal protest, she suggested they instead hold their own march locally and despite being very quickly organized, about 80 people showed up for the walk in Hudson along Main Road that began at Côte Saint-Charles and headed east to the town's Community Centre.
“It's really important that we show our solidarity,” said Duquette-Fuller adding many of the attendees were moms with their young kids. “Which is great,” she said. “That's what we're trying to do, teach our kids about all of this. We have to actively work towards being anti-racist.”
The Montreal march began at 10 a.m at Place Émilie-Gamelin with speeches by local activists and began marching at 11 a.m. winding up at Dorchester Park.The march was loud but peaceful with police keeping a discreet distance.
Duquette-Fuller added that if anyone would like to support the cause – and if they have the means – they could contribute to the bail fund in the United States at bailproject.org/ as well as the NAACP fund, www.naacp.org, which is in desperate need of resources at this time.
Another march will take place in Hudson on Saturday, June 13 beginning at 10 a.m. at Westwood Senior High on Côte Saint-Charles.