Protest planned in Richmond aims to unify community on peace and justice

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A protest planned by three sisters at Richmond Civic Center Plaza on Friday aims to create a collective call for peace. The protest will begin at 6 p.m., and community members are encouraged to bring flags, posters, and pictures of loved ones who have lost their lives due to violence.

Fabiola Reyes-Perez and her sisters are organizing the event to honor victims of violence, including minorities and LGBTQ community members, and to call for justice. The community must be undivided in its effort to create equality for all and to stop violence, she said.

“Dividing into groups or race will not help solve the problem [of violence], only if we come as one strong community,” Reyes-Perez said. “Remembering those souls whose video didn’t go viral, or the many families scared to speak up. We need to be their voice. We need to be the change, and we need to be united.”

In the past seven days, Richmond City Hall has been the center of an ongoing demonstration calling for justice for slain Army soldier Vanessa Guillen, with some protesters camping out in tents.