THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: June 10, 2020
Wednesday, June 3 at noon a group of approximately 200 protestors gathered on the Interstate Bridge between Marinette and Menominee to voice their support of the Black Lives Matter movement. With Wednesday's protest Marinette and Mennonite join a long list of American towns and cities that have joined together in solidarity over the killing of George Floyd by the hands of a Minneapolis police office. Though some protests around the country have erupted into violence, Marinette and Menominee's display turned out to be an extremely peaceful affair. Those who participated where allowed to take to the sidewalks of the bridge where they displayed signs. Those signs held messages such as Black Lives Matter and I can't breathe, a reference to the pleas for help from Mr. Floyd during the incident, which many have viewed as a lynching, that took his live. The crowd was primarily composed of local citizens from Marinette and Menominee as well as people from the surrounding area to Green Bay. One protester, Travis Dory, said, "We need to change the hearts and minds of everyone across the world in order to end the systemic racism that is plaguing our American system. We must change the way people feel and think about race." An overwhelming amount of motorists crossing the bridge Wednesday afternoon showed their support for the protesters by honking their horns with peace signs and raised fists out windows. Pictures show some of the protestors on the Interstate Bridge.