Around 200 Take Part
The event was a mixture of music by live bands, short speeches, art work and chalk drawing. Young people came in and out all day, maybe 200 in all. R&B music was provided by the Rahsaan Langley Project and other groups of musicians. There were remarks by City Council member Trenee McGee, Lionel Lewis, and Abdul-Rabak Zachariah.
A featured speaker at the "See Us, Hear Us, Be the Change" event on July 26 on the West Haven Green was Senator Gary Winfield (West Haven-New Haven). He encouraged the #BLM protests and said there never would have been the Special Session that passed (in the House) the bill on policing without the protest. See his remarks on the video section below.
Politically themed prints were sold and $1540 was raised for the ACLU and Health Equity Solutions of Hartford (which is working to get cities declare racism a public health emergency)
A planned march to Savin Rock didn't come off due to police objections. Instead there was walk to the Valerio gas station where on July 5 police arrested protesters after a woman drove through their marching lines causing some injuries. Brian DeLake of Fox61 news has been covering the incident. On one segment he showed the injuries. The police have no comment saying there's an ongoing investigation. It's been three weeks an the investigation is evidently still ongoing. Are the police speaking to the people injured or just among themselves and the woman driver? There is also the matter of the arrests. At least one person had to post $10,000 bail.
West Haven State Senator Gary Winfield speaks to those at the event.
In this interview with Senator Winfield he explains the features of the police accountability law, especially on the ability to sue police for gross misconduct. He urges people to call Senators to support the bill and to come up to the Capitol Tues. if they can.
Stop Solitary CT, a prison reform and abolition, group is calling for people to come to the Capitol between 10 and noon for an event to keep up the pressure on the senators.