PHOTOS: Anti-racism rally in Chilliwack goes ahead, despite rumours of cancellation

Lakeisha Hewitt speaks during an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)Lakeisha Hewitt speaks during an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
About 150 people came out to an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)About 150 people came out to an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
About 150 people came out to a peace anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)About 150 people came out to a peace anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
About 150 people came out to an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)About 150 people came out to an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
A woman speaks during an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)A woman speaks during an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Lakeisha Hewitt (left) kisses her friend Virginia Jackson on the head during an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)Lakeisha Hewitt (left) kisses her friend Virginia Jackson on the head during an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
About 150 people came out to an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)About 150 people came out to an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
About 150 people came out to an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)About 150 people came out to an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
People share a tearful embrace during an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)People share a tearful embrace during an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Organizer Chasta Mcculloch speaks during an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)Organizer Chasta Mcculloch speaks during an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
A woman speaks during an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)A woman speaks during an anti-racism rally at Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

A group of about 150 people gathered in Central Community Park for a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Chilliwack on Saturday afternoon.

It came just one day after hundreds of people took part in a similar anti-racism march from Chilliwack secondary to the same park on Friday, June 5.

READ MORE: Hundreds fill Chilliwack streets for Black Lives Matter march

READ MORE: PHOTOS w/ VIDEO: Peaceful Black Lives Matter march and rally in Chilliwack

Earlier, there were rumours that Saturday’s rally was going to be cancelled because of anti-protestors and looters who were planning on attending. Many did not come to the demonstration as they worried for their safety.

Despite the rumours, the rally went ahead and it was peaceful.

People wrote messages in chalk on the ground like “We are stronger together” and “No more lost brothers and sisters.”

The crowd chanted “Black lives matter,” “I will not be silent,” and “No justice, no peace.”

There were tears as several folks shared their own personal stories of racism. The crowd heard a story where one woman was told by a group of people go back to where she came from.

“I was born in Vancouver,” she said.

There were stories of violence, hatred, harassment and being laughed at.

“These stories, they hurt us even though they didn’t happen to us, because they are real,” said organizer Chasta Mcculloch.

In addition to the painful stories were uplifting words of encouragement and advice.

“Racism is destroying our society, it’s not healthy. We have to start loving everyone,” one man said.


 

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on?
Email: jenna.hauck@theprogress.com
Twitter: @PhotoJennalism

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

protestracism

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police tape is shown in Toronto Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Statistics Canada says the country's crime rate ticked up again in 2018, for a fourth year in a row, though it was still lower than it was a decade ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
CRIME STOPPERS: ‘Most wanted’ for the week of May 9

Crime Stoppers’ weekly list based on information provided by police investigators

An injection kit is seen inside a Fraser Health supervised consumption site is pictured in Surrey, B.C., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Hope’s high rate of drug overdose noted in BC Coroners Service report

Up-to-date numbers not available yet for 2021, but Fraser Health deaths on the rise

A map showing where the most number of cases were recorded from April 23 to 29. This map, revealing a breakdown of infections by neighborhood, was pulled from a data package leaked to the Vancouver Sun last week (and independently verified).
36 Abbotsford schools flagged for COVID-19 exposures in the last 2 weeks, shattering record

Clearbrook Elementary recorded an ‘exposure’ on all 11 school days

Screenshot from security footage a young, thin cougar prowling on Oliver Crescent in Sardis on May 7, 2021. (Dustin Meyer photo)
VIDEO: Cougar sighting in residential Chilliwack neighbourhood prompts warning

Springtime cougar sightings likely due to cats following deer down to valley floor, says CO

<a href="Facebook users reported seeing a body on the side of the road this morning." target="_blank"></a>Facebook users reported seeing a body on the side of the road this morning. (File photo)
Man killed in fatal hit-and-run collision between Abbotsford and Chilliwack

Body reported at 6 a.m., police close North Parallel Road, single highway lane as they investigate

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

Police tape is shown in Toronto Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Statistics Canada says the country’s crime rate ticked up again in 2018, for a fourth year in a row, though it was still lower than it was a decade ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
IHIT investigating after man killed in Burnaby shooting

Police looking for more information on fatal shooting

After Bobby Henderson apologized online for his comments to a Toronto reporter, the Langley Rivermen announced that he was no longer team coach and general manager and in fact, had ‘parted ways’ with the franchise in March. (file/Twitter)
Former Langley Rivermen coach and GM apologizes for comments to Toronto reporter

Bobby Henderson blames stress due to the pandemic for his ‘disparaging’ remarks

The body of Brenda Ware, 35, was found along Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park on Thursday, May 6, 2021. (RCMP handout)
RCMP ask for tips after woman’s body found in Kootenay National Park

Brenda Ware was found along Highway 93 in the park, 54 kilometres north of the town of Radium

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

People pass the red hearts on the COVID-19 Memorial Wall mourning those who have died, opposite the Houses of Parliament on the Embankment in London, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. On May 3, the British government announced that only one person had died of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Kirsty Wigglesworth
For a view of a COVID-19 future, Canadians should look across the pond

Britain, like Canada, is one of the only countries in the world to delay second doses for several months

Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) celebrates his 100th point this season with Leon Draisaitl (29) against the Vancouver Canucks during second period NHL action in Edmonton on Saturday, May 8, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Edmonton superstar McDavid hits 100-point mark as Oilers edge Canucks 4-3

NHL scoring leader needs just 53 games to reach century mark

Nuns of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, carry some of her relics during a vigil of prayer in preparation for the canonization of Mother Teresa in the St. John in Latheran Basilica at the Vatican, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. In which city did she do much of her charitable work? (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
QUIZ: How much do you know about these motherhood issues?

In honour of Mother’s Day, take this 10-question quiz

Most Read