NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A block party with a serious message.
Hundreds of people came out Sunday for the "Defend Black Lives Block Party" at Nashville public square park.
"The change will not happen in that building or the government's office, and it's not going to happen without people getting together," Cecilia Prado with Workers' Dignity said, "it happens in the streets and change happens when people get together."
Organizers say while celebrating black lives and mourning those who have been killed by police, it's important to discuss defunding police and cages, and look into investing in alternatives.
"We have to allocate the money into community services like education, or into housing, jobs, healthcare, and we do that by working with community members to determine how much money to allocate and where we want that money allocated," said Erica Perry with the People's Budget Coalition.
The event was put on by six different organizations. They include Nashville People's Budget Coalition, Gideon's Army, Black Lives Matter Nashville, Southerners On New Ground, No Exceptions Prison Collective, and Workers' Dignity.