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Durham activists march in support of Baltimore

Posted May 1, 2015

— A march and rally were held Friday evening in Durham in support of Baltimore protesters angered by the death of a black man in police custody.

The event, initiated by the Durham Solidarity Center, began in front of the Durham Police Station at about 5 p.m. and was followed by a march to the Durham County Jail.

"We seek justice," Ajamu Dillahunt, representative of NC Heat and Black Workers for Justice, said in a statement. "Justice looks like an end to the killing of unarmed black people at the hands of police officers. Justice looks like an end to the prison industrial complex. Justice looks like an end to racist housing policy and gentrification, which exacerbates surveillance and policing in black communities.”

Nearly 300 participants held signs and chanted as they made the peaceful one mile trek through downtown Durham.

"I am here because this moment is really powerful and I am excited to dream a difference future for our community," said protestor Mel Lorton.

Some protesters marched for what they called other social injustices. Nadia Porter marched for her father who was incarcerated for a non-violent crime.

"I'm here standing in solidarity with him and what may have happened while he was incarcerated," she said.

Hundreds of people have marched in cities across the country in recent days - cities including Boston, New York and Indianapolis - to protest the April 19 death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.

Baltimore's top prosecutor announced charges Friday against the six officers in the arrest of Gray.

Gray's arrest was recorded on cellphone videos by bystanders. His death has led to protests, rioting and looting in Baltimore.

No arrests were made during Friday's march.


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  • Jeff Johnson May 3, 2015
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    The march should be taken to the white house. The commander in chief is as much to blame for the issues at the heart of the Baltimore situation as anyone. The ACA is an economic burden that may have provided needed healthcare to some but did little to place fiscal responsibility on the health care industry, continued corporate abuse of the US workforce is leading to a greater divide in economic wealth (stop giving out H1B visas so freely!), opening the gates to millions of people who turn their noses up at our laws isn't helping the situation, and as President, Obama should be leading the charge on paternal responsibility (don't do the limbo if you can't the daddy thing). Wake up, stop being racist because All Live Matter and tell this worst-President-we've-ever-had to do his job!

  • SusanandAaron Tambot-Blankenship May 3, 2015
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    What is the racist housing policy? Seems like that would be criminal. Is there evidence/documentation? If anyone has been discriminated against sounds like a lawsuit and criminal case to me.

  • Bernadette Dan Unger May 2, 2015
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    Story needs to read: Hundreds Get Jobs and Clean Up Neighborhoods. Like that will ever happen.

  • Rachel Parrish May 1, 2015
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    All lives matter!

  • Patrick Demby May 1, 2015
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    Sorry, I can't hear your sidestepping of responsibility over my snoring.

  • Daniel Young May 1, 2015
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  • Daniel Corell May 1, 2015
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    Missed it. I had to work.

  • Jim Frei May 1, 2015
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    Durham had 21 murders in 2012 (latest year I can find data). 19 of those were black folks killing other black folks. None involved a cop killing a citizen. Maybe the protesters' anger should be directed elsewhere.

  • William Teach May 1, 2015
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    Justice looks like an end to racist housing policy and gentrification...

    So, let me get this straight: they're complaining about racism, and then complain about "gentrification", in essence complaining about White people moving into their neighborhoods. Sounds a bit racist to me.

  • Rusty Jones May 1, 2015
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    How come they never march when blacks kill blacks