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Hundreds of people gathered under a brilliant blue sky on Saturday to join in nationwide Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Participants expressed themselves with a caravan of decorated cars and trucks. Other organizers also offered a food drive for the needy.

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In the past seven months, San Antonio has experienced losses of both life and economic stability due to COVID-19; employment, housing and food insecurities; and a racial reckoning that culminated in weeks of protests against police brutality and systemic racism.

*This post was updated on Monday, July 20, at 4:10 p.m.

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black individuals during encounters with law enforcement officers sparked protests and renewed calls for police reform in cities throughout the U.S. 

Jolene Almendarez | Texas Public Radio

Just blocks away from where demonstrators said they marched in protest against discrimination and violence in policing in recent weeks, a smaller group of about a dozen people gathered at Municipal Plaza on Saturday to express their support for police.

San Antonio ISD high school students hold a news conference to ask for more student input before the district's school board meeting Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.
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When Marsha Madrigal was in middle school, she thought it was normal to see her classmates in handcuffs.

But she knows now that not all schools have a significant police presence, and the odds of seeing your classmates arrested go up if you are Black, like she is.

The 2018 Fox Tech High School graduate wants the San Antonio Independent School District to remove police from its schools so future middle schoolers never think it’s normal to see classmates in handcuffs. 

Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

Racist comments and conspiracies from local Republican officials around Texas are making it difficult for the GOP to control its message as it gears up for the November election. 

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Less than a week after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer, San Antonio-born, Austin-based filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith responded with a powerful short film that simultaneously eulogizes Floyd and points the way toward a rebirth.

Jolene Almendarez | Texas Public Radio

The Christopher Columbus statue in a downtown park came down for the first time in 63 years, and it may not be going back up. Workers detached the statue from its pedestal, and a forklift removed it. It was a landmark victory for every critic of the colonialism and racism they said Columbus symbolized.

Jolene Almendarez | Texas Public Radio

Dozens of people assembled on Saturday to share stories of oppression and demand a better world for themselves and each other.

Tensions escalated and tempers flared at two competing demonstrations around a statue of Christopher Columbus at a downtown park on Saturday.