Protesters march from Massapequa to Amityville, hope for more minority representation in government
After more than a week of protests against racism and police brutality on Long Island, demonstrations continued into Monday, albeit a bit more subdued.
Groups gathered in Massapequa for a protest Monday evening, where those in attendance walked to Amityville to meet another group. Their message is that the Island needs more representation, and that minorities need more representation in government.
"We're marching for Massapequa, which is a densely white area, into Amityville and along the way will certainly run into a lot of people who we think are in need of hearing the message," says Jason Thomas.
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Police followed the march, blocking off two lanes of the Sunrise Highway.
Groups of protesters remained energized about their cause, but attendance numbers didn't reach the same level as last week, when protesters were able to shut down a portion of the Southern State Parkway.
Alexis Brown says she's fighting to make the world better for her baby boy.
"If everyone comes together, I do think there can be a change," says Brown. "He's four months so I'm trying. If everyone comes together we have to start somewhere."
Organizers say once you start a movement like what's been seen over the past week, you cannot slow down.
"We can't just let the energy from the past two weeks die down and go back to an America that's built on the structural racism that it has been," says Daniel Lloyd. "This is an opportunity ... a once in a lifetime opportunity to rebuild."
ERASE Racism President Elaine Gross says her group is trying to harness energy that's out there and turn it into action to address racism locally and nationally.
"It's long-term work. It hasn't been solved. And it won't be solved immediately," she says.
High school senior Stephen Augustine says he's been encouraged by what he's seeing.
The group ended their demonstration with a prayer for solidarity.