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Photos: Protest & vigil held at East Liberty Presbyterian Church

click to enlarge Catherine Parrish protests in front of East Liberty Presbyterian Church. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Catherine Parrish protests in front of East Liberty Presbyterian Church.
On Wednesday afternoon, the East Liberty Presbyterian Church hosted a silent, peaceful vigil for George Floyd and other victims of fatal police brutality. Over 200 people gathered outside the church, which takes up a city block, wrapping around all sides of the building. As the sidewalk around the church filled up, attendees spilled over onto the sidewalks across the street from the church.

The vigil was in partnership with other presbyterian churches in the area, and several clergy leaders and seminary students were in attendance. For the most part, people stood quietly with signs, demanding justice for Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and other recent victims of racist killings. It marked the fifth consecutive day of action in Pittsburgh in response to Floyd's death, which has spurred protests in all corners of the country.

Attendees mostly faced towards the streets, where dozens of drivers who passed by honked and waved in solidarity. The crowd skewed older and whiter than some other protests.


Towards the end of the hour-long vigil, church leaders spoke to the crowd and said prayers for the families of Floyd, Arbery, and Taylor, as well as Jonny Gammage, who was killed by Pittsburgh Police in 1992. Rev. James Harris spoke of the need for change, saying "Even 45 can change," referring to Donald Trump.

"There's a pandemic called Covid-19, but there's another pandemic that's been in this country for 400 years," said Harris.

The crowd dispersed peacefully at around 1 p.m. There were five or six police officers present, with police cars circling the church and parked in nearby side streets.

click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

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