In collaboration with the 10/10/15 Local Organizing Committee, The Greater Springfield NAACP hosted a march from the Mason Square Green to City Hall on Saturday.
"It's important that we advocate for these issues because this is a town or a city, that has a lot of issues that are going on with our youth, that we can easily turn into a Ferguson, a Baltimore, or into one of those towns that can erupt into violence at any given time," said Adam Gomez from Springfield.
Organizers say they want to send a clear message: Our Lives, Our Votes, Our Jobs, and Our Schools Matter.
"The march will mobilize activists and advance a focused advocacy agenda that protects the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education," organizers Farrah Smith and Rev. Talbert W. Swan said in a statement to Western Mass News.
The 10/10/15 Local Organizing Committee will join thousands at a march commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March on October 15 in Washington, D.C.
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