August 15, 2020
Several hundred, many younger folks, turned out for a well organized Peaceful Protest, by Greenfield Racial Justice, a group Racial Justice Rising is supporting. When it was announced on Facebook that there was to be a pro-Trump march and rally on Aug. 15th, 2020, Greenfield Racial Justice planned a Peaceful Protest, with only three days to pull it together. The Peaceful Protest started with training for Peace Keepers, then a sign making art event, and all gathered on all 4 corners of the intersection at Main St. and Federal at 10am.
With music by Ben Grosscup, local musician, and speeches by Brieanna Arsenault, the atmosphere was very lively and positive and as Brieanna said, “Clearly Black Lives Matter in Greenfield.” Within a half hour of the Pro Trump folks due to arrive at the Common it was learned they had decided not to march. The Peaceful Protesters continued the inspiring gathering til 12 noon.
This event was written up in the Greenfield Recorder.