Local activist groups hold car parade to show solidarity
Every Saturday since April, Solidarity with Packing Plant Workers holds a car parade to raise awareness on the sacrifice of essential workers but June 27, 2020 was a little different. They were joined by other activist groups to support each other's cause.
Solidarity with Packing Plant Workers, Central Nebraska Peace Workers, PFLAG and the Justice Coalition arrived at the parking lot of 1st and Walnut in Grand Island for a car parade at 2:15 p.m. First they decorated their cars with their cause, some said black lives matter, black queer lives matter, solidarity for meat-packers and more.
"We're decorating the cars right now and then we're going to have a couple people speak say why they're here and then around 3:00, we're going to be driving, there's a course that we're going to be driving around," said Danielle Rainbolt, president of Grand Island PFLAG.
It was all thanks to PFLAG, an LGBTQ+ support group who came up with the idea. Since Pride was cancelled due to COVID-19, they wanted to celebrate not just them but every group who is persecuted or killed for being who they are.
"We just kind of brought it all together because we just really want to see all these things happen and unite so we have a louder voice," said Rainbolt.
They reached out to Yolanda Nuncio, the organizer for Solidarity Saturdays to set this up and she thought it was a great idea to include everyone. "By having people from other organizations, we're sharing and showing that we are one community," said Nuncio.
As soon as cars were decorated, the groups started the parade and drove around the city.