More than a hundred people gathered at the Chief Kepuha statue in Hagåtña to stand in solidarity with the protests stateside over the death of George Floyd during his arrest by Minneapolis police on May 25.
The peaceful protest allowed for members of the crowd to talk about their personal experiences and what the Black Lives Matter movement means to them.
The protest was organized by Talysa Kakas and Talaani Gilbert, two half-black and CHamoru women who wanted to raise awareness about police brutality and racial discrimination. The demonstration was organized a week ago, and both of them were surprised at the large turnout.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Black Lives Matter protest. We don’t really get a chance to show our support. That’s why we came together to show that we can come together as one,” Gilbert said.
Kakas added: “I hope that people don’t see this as a phase. That it’s just going to go away. I hope people don’t stop fighting against racism. This isn’t just a one-day thing.”
On Sunday, Pacific Islanders for BLM is holding a silent protest at 2:50 in the afternoon at the ITC intersection which will include nine minutes of silence and biblical readings.