By Raven West
Brandishing signs that read “All lives Matter” and “Truth Matters”, more than 150 Camarillo residents staged a peaceful protest Tuesday morning. Pastor Julie Morris of Mount Cross Lutheran Church in Camarillo helped organize the “Peaceful protest against racism” march which began at Camarillo City Hall at the corner of Paseo Camarillo and Carmen and proceeded north to Ponderosa Drive.
Participants from all ages, race and nationalities came together to protest racism and police brutality in reaction to the alleged murder of George Floyd by Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin.
Members of the Ventura County sheriff’s department were on hand in support of citizens’ Constitutional right to peacefully assemble and keep the demonstration peaceful.
Parents brought their children to demonstrate how democracy works. As one parents said, “We need to show them that as Americans, peaceful protest is our Constitutional right. We have to teach the younger generation that we can be peaceful about making our voices heard.”
Camarillo Residents Terry and Tim Helton, members of St. Columba’s Episcopal decided to attend the event as a reaction to the violence they witnessed on the nightly news.
“It feels right be a part of this,” Tim said. “My heart is broken I’ve lost sleep over this – it’s just devastating to see people looting and setting fires – we needed to be here today to show the world this is really what America is about – peaceful protest for change.”
“I definitely believe Martin Luther King’s quote that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere – when someone puts a knee on another’s neck that could be my son, or my nephew the next time. This hate and racism just has to end.” Terry added.
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Raven West is a free-lance writer and published author who has lived in Ventura County for more than twenty years. She has an extensive knowledge of local wineries from Thousand Oaks to Ojai and will be covering special events which take place at the tasting rooms throughout the year.Named in the TOP 50 Authors by Authorsdb.com