Native American community holds march for gunshot victims in Riverside – Redlands Daily Facts
Following recent mass shootings – including those of a school in Uvalde, Texas, and a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma – the Native American community of the Inland Empire came together on Saturday 4 June for a march in memory of the victims and to call for change.
Led by the Inland Empire Chapter of the World Organization of People of Indian Descent, they marched along the Statue Walk in downtown Riverside. Holding signs, they started with the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, who was known as a peacemaker.
Members of Native American organizations and others spoke out against gun violence and pushed for reform.
“Our main concern is that this can happen anywhere, anytime,” chapter president Venkat Peddi said ahead of the event. “We need gun control. Nowadays, you can buy a gun like you buy candy. There are no restrictions or controls, no vigilance.
The group, which has held vigils and rallies for national and global causes, is planning more rallies on the subject.
“We hope to send a clear message to our politicians and our community,” Peddi said. “We don’t want this to happen again.”