Peaceful protest held in Westlake

Participants in the peaceful June 22 protest at Wendy’s at Westlake Towne Center held signs supporting black lives.

Three Franklin County residents organized a peaceful protest at Wendy’s at Westlake Towne Center on June 22.

Bridgette Craighead, Malala Penn and Katosha Poindexter formed “Protesting with Love,” a group they said they hope will be recognized by Black Lives Matter.

Nearly 30 people attended the peaceful protest, including several members of the SML Democrats.

“It was heartening to be with these young women and a number of their young friends who are prepared to stand up to racism and face it head-on with passion, energy and love,” said Denise Tuttle, president of SML Democrats.

“Bridgette told me that when someone shouts something ugly, she shouts back ‘I love you.’

When the going gets rough, this group does not back down but offers another way of fighting with love.”

The SML Democrats continue to be active during COVID-19 with members participating in various BLM protests in Franklin and Bedford counties.

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