'I Will Breathe' rally organizers say they're planning 'phase two'

Posted at 10:48 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 07:44:00-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Organizers of Saturday afternoon’s peaceful rally downtown say they are planning future events, in what they’re calling “Phase 2.”

Organizers say they don’t want troublemakers to distract from their message.

The aftermath of Saturday evening’s unrest in Nashville may be the most visible damage left behind, but organizers of Saturday’s peaceful gathering in the afternoon say, there are wounds in this city that are harder to see.

"We are tired," said Venita Lewis, with Keeping Every Vision Alive. "Our mothers are tired of crying, brothers are tired are crying about their brothers, sisters are tired of crying about their brothers, we are tired."

Lewis says it’s just now that more people of all kinds are coming to terms with what they say is systemic racial inequality. To keep up their message, organizers say they will be planning future events, to be announced later this week — with a focus on other hearing their message.

"If there’s no freedom or justice or equality, what good is this?" said Hamid Abdullah with The Brother’s Round Table.

Event organizers say they’re disgusted by the vandalism and arson that took place after Saturday’s rally. They have a message for anyone else who is thinking of coming to the rally to cause trouble, or to damage property.

"Stay away, don’t come our way, we don’t need that, we don’t want that, we aren’t part of that," Lewis said.