July 4 Demonstrations Held in Solidarity with Indigenous and Black Lives


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Michigan Militia of Love
At the request of the Indigenous community, the Michigan Militia of Love was asked to protect and serve against any outside threat on July 4. | Photo: The Peoples Action / Facebook

By Detroit Fighting Words Staff

These photographs were taken on Saturday, July 4, 2020, in downtown Detroit.

There were two rallies in support of Indigenous and Black lives.

One action began at Grand Circus Park featuring community speakers addressing African American history and other social issues. This crowd of about 300 people later marched to Campus Martius where another gathering was held in honor of the Indigenous people who were displaced from the area now known as Detroit.

Members of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition were present at the two events with placards in solidarity for Black Lives Matter and honoring Native Treaty rights.

Copies of the July 2020 Fighting Words broadsheet were circulated among the crowd of people.

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The Waawiiyaatanong Resurgence

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