Activists rally to #StandWithCharleston on New Haven green

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Dozens of people gathered on the New Haven green in response to the killing of nine African-Americans inside a Charleston, South Carolina church.

That act of violence shocked the nation and spawned a number of rallies across the country. Organizers say it’s all a part of a grassroots movement, and also involves a number of different organizations throughout Connecticut.

“I just want everyone to come together and realize that this nation is going to have to heal together,” said activist Jordan Hasty. “I think people are upset and want answers. Sometimes in traumatic situations, there isn’t always an easy truth.”

During the rally there were moments of reflection and time to talk about the violence that had occurred.

“When I was 11 I visited the Birmingham, Alabama 16th Street Baptist bombing where the four girls died,” said participant, Lincoln Mitchell. “The mere fact that we had another killing in a church in a black church of all places really says the racism isn’t a relic.”

Much of the rally also featured speakers who spoke about a wide range of other issues such as economics and police brutality.

A similar rally was also scheduled to take place in Norwalk, Conn.

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