Saturday, June 02, 2001

Marchers to send message

Many expected from outside region

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati will have the nation's attention today when an expected 2,000-plus marchers, including sizable contingents from other parts of the country, participate in one of the largest local protests in recent memory.

        March for Justice participants will converge on Fountain Square this morning for a noon rally. Groups including Housing Opportunities Made Equal, the United Electrical Workers, the American Indian Movement Support Group and the National Lawyers Guild are sponsors and will be in the crowd.

        The diverse groups have united to end what they say is racism within the city's Police Division. Marchers will pass the Over-the-Rhine alley where Timothy Thomas, an unarmed black man, was shot to death April 7 by a white police officer. They will lay a wreath there and proceed to Laurel Park in the West End.

        Marchers are expected to come from cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, San Francisco, Atlanta and elsewhere.

        They hope to remind city officials that the world has not forgotten Mr. Thomas' death.

        “I'm here because I want to send a message. It's a message of solidarity and to say (to Cincinnati), "You're not alone,'” said Dianne Mathiowetz, 55, of Atlanta.

        The auto factory worker drove Thursday to Cincinnati. By noon Friday, she was downtown, handing out pamphlets about today's march and urging people to attend.

        For more information about the march, visit or call 588-8883.


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