PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A youth organization held a peaceful protest in Providence Sunday, to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Jaychele Lisboa-Schenck and Isabella James Indellicati are founders of the group, called “Gen Z: We Want To Live.”
Chants of “No Justice, No Peace” began at Burnside Park, before the group began marching to the State House.
They stopped on the way, laying on the ground for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
That time represents roughly the amount of time the officer was kneeling on the neck and back of George Floyd.
The group then rose and continued on to the State House, with chants of “Black Lives Matter.”
During part of their speech organizers said they plan on staying out protesting until 12:00 a.m.
Another protest was being held at the same time. The Brown Minority Housestaff Association, along with members of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University community gathered at Rhode Island Hospital to march to the State House.
When they arrived, those attending with the “Gen Z: We Want To Live” group parted at the State House steps, so the healthcare workers could walk through the center.