Masked Gainesvillians stood shoulder to shoulder on the corner of 13th and University at the vigil for George Floyd, Tony McDade and Jamee Johnson on Wednesday, June 3. The vigil was led by the Goddsville Dream Defenders, an abolitionist organization of young people fighting for a future with no cages, violence or corporate greed. As the Freedom Fighters led the crowd in chants and song, the rain cut through the thick humidity.
“Where I am from, the rain is a sign of blessing,” Alexandra St Tellien said. “So tonight, we will rain. It will wash away all of the sins of America and we will abolish the state. We will abolish prisons. We will abolish them.”
The rain that found its home intermingled with our sweat and tears is a blessing for our revolution. We believe that we will win.
All photos were captured by Jordan E. Mazurek.