State House rally draws larger group of counter protesters


A rally to help regulation enforcement officers organized by “Super Happy Fun America,” the group behind final yr’s controversial “Straight Pride Parade,” swiftly drew counter protesters exterior the Massachusetts State House on Saturday afternoon.

The group, citing calls to reallocate police funding in Boston and throughout the nation following the killing of George Floyd whereas in Minneapolis police custody final month, stated on Facebook demonstrators “walk in support of law enforcement and remember those who have lost their lives during the insanity but go unacknowledged by the media.”

Solidarity Against Hate Boston, a coalition of area people teams and other people talking out towards fascist organizing, helmed the counter exhibiting, which it known as “All Out Against White Supremacy!,” in response to a Facebook occasion web page.

Photos and movies from the scene point out a bigger variety of individuals flocked to the world to face towards the rally hosted by “Super Happy Fun America.”

Separately, a “March Like a Mother for Black Lives” rally was held in Copley Square, the place audio system scheduled to handle the gang included Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins and metropolis councilors Kim Janey and Michelle Wu, according to organizers.

“We will center Black mothers while celebrating and activating all mothers into action for Black lives,” organizers stated. “Our speakers will inform and inspire you to live out the cornerstones of our movement in public safety reform, maternal health, education, and economic justice.”

Meanwhile, cyclists joined “The Ride for Black Lives” — organized by Boston Bike Party, NewEnglandBikeLife, and Bikes Not Bombs — and rode a 10-mile route beginning at Franklin Park, touring via Dorchester and Roxbury to Nubian Square.

“‘The Ride for Black Lives’ is a bike ride in solidarity with the fight against systems and acts of oppression, police brutality against, criminal injustice system against, and murder of Black people, including and especially LGBTQ+, disabled, and poor folks,” the teams wrote on social media.

Here are photographs and movies from the three occasions:

At the State House and Boston Common:

At Copley Square:

Vernee Wilkinson, a mom of two, throughout the March Like A Mother for Black Lives rally at Copley Square. Organizers say the peaceable, family-friendly occasion was created in response to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. —Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Biking via Roxbury and Dorchester: