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Black Lives Matter Movement Searches for Healing in Mass.

Cambridge rally was opportunity to process the recent national shootings



    (Published Sunday, July 10, 2016)

    Since the deadly police involved shootings over the last week, people across the country are looking for ways to heal. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, people who support the Black Lives Matter movement gathered on Sunday to process their feelings after the difficult week.

    The group brought in counselors to their rally in Lafayette Square where many people attended.

    “I came here today because I felt very strongly about what’s going on right now,” said attendee Vanessa Moussa.

    The mother of two young children said she feels anxious.

    “I'm scared for my kids. I’m scared for myself. And it’s to the point that I get anxiety when I see cops,” said Moussa.

    She said she hopes the Black Lives Matter Movement can bring about change.

    “I just hope that my son understands that the color of his skin doesn’t define who he is,” Moussa said. “I just hope he knows that he can go outside and not worry about getting shot.”

    Caitlin Nichols, a nurse from Jamaica Plain, said she attended the rally to show support for the cause.

    “I can see the results of what’s happening,” Nichols said. “The community is experiencing a lot of trauma and for me that’s a public health issue.”

    Also in attendance at the rally were Cambridge Police who took the time to talk with people and answer questions.

    “It's been a long week. It’s hard on the officers. It’s hard on their families,” said Deputy Superintendent Steve Ahern. “As long as people are talking and respecting each other. That goes a long way.”

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