“I Can’t Breathe Chattanooga” Bikes, Marches for Racial Justice

By Bri Carr, Staff Writer–

On Sunday, Sept. 13, local organization, “I Can’t Breathe Chattanooga” (ICBC) hosted a bike ride and march to protest racial inequality in the wake of several police killings of Black people across the country.

Protestors congregated at Velo Coffee Roasters on East Main Street at 11 a.m. where they received water, snacks, helmets for those who needed them and cold brew provided by Velo while they waited for the march to begin.

Cameron “C-Grimey” Williams, one of the leaders of ICBC, spoke to those gathered on bike and on foot about the event and the purpose and goals they had for the day’s protest and the future.

“It’s a beautiful day to fight racism!” Williams said.

Among chants of “power to the people!”, Williams informed protestors where the water and snacks were located, before handing the microphone over to Marie Mott, another leader of ICBC, who informed protestors to do what is best for the Chattanooga community.

“Change is on the way and you are responsible for it,” Mott said.

After empowering chants and speeches about what the organization stands for, protestors began the bike ride and march for racial justice. Riders and marchers traveled safely from Velo Coffee Roasters, down Main St. chanting with their fists raised.

A legal observer was present to ensure that the rights of protesters were legally protected. Medics were also present to help lead protesters safely through crosswalks, inform them when it was safe to keep marching and to provide medical treatment if necessary.

Protestors marched and chanted for an hour while making their way back to their starting point, passing by Black-owned businesses along the route. On-lookers who did not care for the cause watched the march, but protestors did not let the spectators’ disapproval prevent their voices from being heard.

“Each and every one of you are a seed of resistance,” Mott said.

Upon their return to the starting point, organizers ended the event by sharing a speech reflecting on the impact they hoped to make with the march and what they hoped to achieve with future marches and protests.

To find more information on upcoming events, visit “I Can’t Breathe Chattanooga” on Facebook and Instagram, or visit their website at icantbreathecha.org.

2 thoughts on ““I Can’t Breathe Chattanooga” Bikes, Marches for Racial Justice

  1. First of all I want to say excellent blog! I had a quick question in which
    I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was curious to know how
    you center yourself and clear your head before
    writing. I have had trouble clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out.

    I do take pleasure in writing however it just
    seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally wasted simply
    just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips?

    Kudos!

    1. Hello! Being able to clear your mind can be different for everybody and for me I always listen to music that’s down in volume while I write as I have ADHD so it’s hard for me to concentrate.

      Also sometimes it’s always good to just go walking and maybe think of some ideas or maybe write down what points you know you want to make beforehand.

      I also keep my phone’s notes full of little bits and pieces of things I may want to write about, too!

      If you ever get stuck, as writer’s block is oh-so-lovely, take a breather and maybe try to do something that usually inspires your writing, or go do something you love to kind of get a break from stressing, and then come back to write because that can also help you get words out of your mind onto paper after being stressed about it.

      Hope that helped some, I can be bad at giving advice though, but thank you for your question!

      -Bri Carr

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