Photographs by NICK ESTES
A protestor held up the flyer for the march on Saturday, June 21.
Marchers filed out from Roosevelt Park around noon onto Sycamore Street. From Sycamore, the rally of several hundred went east on Central past the UNM campus, south on Girard to Silver, west on Silver to Sycamore, and finally Sycamore back to Roosevelt Park. The route was a little over two miles, as temperatures reached the high nineties.
The march coalesced many community-based movements.
On Central, passing cars honked in support of the march.
Many participants held signs and chanted slogans that called for the abolition of prisons.
Proceeding along UNM’s south boundary on Central, campus was largely empty. UNM faculty and staff received notification the previous day that several main buildings on campus would be closed in expectation Saturday’s march.
While most marchers chanted slogans in English and Spanish, Albuquerque’s Native community kept cadence at the rear of the march with songs in Kewa, Diné, and Lakota, as well as honor songs for the marchers and victims of police violence.
La Raza Unida also marched on Saturday.
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Many young people attended the march with their families, making and carrying their own signs.
The people at Saturday’s march represented all walks of life in Albuquerque, since APD police violence is not specific to one group of people but to the community in general.
The marchers returned to Roosevelt Park after about one and half hours in scorching heat.
Participants staged a “Die-In” in honor and remembrance of those killed by APD and people affected by police violence. A moment of silence was held in honor of those victims.
On the west edge of the park, 26 tombstones with the names of the people killed by APD since 2010 were a somber reminder of the deadly reality of police violence. Many of the victims’ family members spoke and attended Saturday’s march.
Participants were asked to write the names of anyone from the community or elsewhere who were killed by or were victims of police violence on a black coffin bearing the names of APD victims.
Organizers staged a “People’s Trial” of APD Police Chief Gorden Eden. Pictured here protestor Bill Bradley plays Mayor Richard Berry giving testimony in support of Eden. Audience members chanted, “Guilty! Guilty!” when the mock trial convicted Eden of crimes against humanity. He was sentenced to live in the Sandia Foothills where James Boyd was shot and killed by APD officers.