A peaceful protest attracted about 500 people to downtown Tucson on Tuesday evening to rally against racism in front of the Pima County Administration Building.
Tucsonans Against Racism gathered with signs in the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy and protested on the sidewalk and stood in Veinte de Agosto Park declaring racism will not be tolderated.
Organizers said they chose to protest in front of the office building of Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller, who reacted to violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va., by proclaiming on Facebook, “I am WHITE — and proud of it! No apologies necessary.” On Monday the Pima County Board of Supervisors said they wanted a legal opinion about its authority to punish Miller for the post.
Supervisors Sharon Bronson, Richard Elías and Steve Christy asked during the board’s meeting Monday if the county attorney could formally answer the question on what, if anything, the board could do. Miller did not attend the meeting, sending an email to county staff members saying she was unable to attend but giving no specific reason.
Demonstrators also criticized President Trump for holding a campaign rally in Phoenix soon after the Aug. 12 Charlottesville protest in which white supremacists clashed with anti-protesters and Heather Heyer was killed.
In Tucson on Tuesday evening, protest chants included: “No Trump. No KKK. No facist USA.” Many passing motorists honked their horns in support.
Protester Maggi Dawson said she came “to show support for my multicultural community.” She held a sign that read: “Silence Is Betrayal.”
Another demonstrator, Linda Hyatt, said she attended because “there is no place in my world for racism.”
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