People's Convention Participants March Through Downtown

Jul 8, 2016

Thousands of grassroots activists from across the country marched through downtown Pittsburgh Friday afternoon, demanding racial, economic and environmental justice.

The participants are part of the People's Convention taking place this weekend. The gathering of community leaders aims to create a community of action and share best practices for inciting change. 

After the shooting deaths of two black men by police this week, the march also included solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. 

"I need you to understand that it is the entire system that is complicit in this, and we have to come as one body, as one voice, for one fight, indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail, the whole damn system is guilty as hell," activist Brandi Fisher said. 

Pittsburgh Police also had an increased presence at the march after five officers were killed and seven others were wounded at a protest in Dallas, Texas