Kenosha – As thousands of people gathered at the airport to listen to President Donald Trump speak, a far different crowd gathered at Civic Center Park.
Everyone wore masks and many carried signs encouraging people to vote tomorrow, and the message was decidedly against voting for Trump.
The event was billed as a gathering for peace, unity and justice for Jacob Blake’s family.
“You people are our heroes. We appreciate you being here,“ said Justin Blake, Jacob’s uncle. “Our message from the Blake family is one of unity.”
They gathered in the same park where violence spontaneously erupted following Blake’s shooting in the back by a Kenosha police officer in August. But instead of vehicles set on fire, there were tents and lights with a sound system playing music.
“We are going to ignite the fire all over Wisconsin tonight to get people to go out and vote tomorrow. Please join us to get justice for little Jake,“ said Justin Blake.
On one side of the park is the county courthouse where Jacob Rittenhouse made an appearance on Monday following his extradition last week from Illinois. Rittenhouse is accused of shooting three protesters, two fatally, a few days after Blake’s shooting.
“It seems this is a historical spot in Kenosha from violence to peace tonight,” said Ariel Crowder.
Cortez Nathan came from Rockford, Illinois, and Antwhon Suiter from Virginia to the Kenosha park to show support for Blake. They both accused Trump of ignorance for scheduling a rally in Kenosha the night before the election.
“As long as he doesn’t bother us, he can do whatever he wants, “ said Nathan.
State Rep. David Bowen wore a mask with the words “Justice for thee three” and stood next to Justin Blake.
“I am here to stand with the Blake family when Donald Trump comes to exploit our pain again,” said Bowen. “Tomorrow is about healing. We’re going to vote for healing.”