Hundreds of Black Lives Matter signs placed on Visalia high school fence

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Hot temperatures were no match for peaceful demonstrators in Visalia.

A large crowd gathered at El Diamante High School off Akers and held signs to be seen and raised their voices to be heard.

"Our black community is under attack, our trans community is under attack, especially our black trans community," said Kyion Lee.

Organizers held their demonstration at the school after a group of woman tore down Black Lives Matter signs there earlier this week.

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One of the women is a part-time employee for the Tulare County Office of Education.

No Visalia Unified Employees were involved.

"We want Visalia Unified to adopt an anti-racist statement, we want to see anti-racist training for teachers," said organizer Michael Mori.

Now hundreds of signs have been bound to the fence for nearly an entire city block.

"We got the signs torn down, but look what happened. It is like a beautiful flower is being replaced where another one once was," said organizer Leila Mori.

Janie Dupree advocated for change, letting passersby know that history has its eyes on us.

"I feel like we have an obligation to stand up and support people who are being targeted. It is just the right thing to do," she said.

Ashley Machado, on the other hand, made it a family affair bringing along her husband and son.

"We need to be the change and we have to show our children what that change is," said Machado.

Others like Denise Eden were overcome with emotion and couldn't help but pull over and thank demonstrators.

"They're making a voice by being on this corner in 100 and something degree temperature and letting us know no longer will we as young people accept this," she said.

Organizers are now asking people to take the next step by attending city council meetings.
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