MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - With protests for social justice and police reforms continuing across the country, a group in Memphis took a break Thursday night to share new strategies for what comes next.
Led by C3, the Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens, with help from members of the Black Lives Matter Memphis chapter, a civil disobedience training session was held for young people like K.T. And Kenya, called to action for the first time.
“I'm here to work with activists and see what kind of policies we can get implemented to change some of the structural problems we have in America such as police brutality, but also economic inequality,” said Kenya, protester.
“COVID-19 was already happening. At that point you've got tons of people who are unemployed. You've got tons of people who are tired of being in the house. You've got tons of people who are tired of the economy failing them over and over again. At that point, what other option do you have,” said K.T., protester.
The protesters broke off into groups based on their experience levels. They learned about the risks involved in participating in civil disobedience, including getting arrested
The BLM members have experience with previous protests in Memphis Like the I 40 bridge shut down and the Confederate statue removal “Take Em Down 901 Protests.”
Spending this day passing down their knowledge of how to bring about social change to a new generation of demonstrators like K.T. and Kenya.
“Empowering. Helpful. I just wanna be a good ally,” said K.T.
“Use the blueprints from people who’ve been doing this for years and see what else we can bring to the table and how we can get stuff implemented faster,” said Kenya.