The fifth annual Stand Strong Together Community March will be held Saturday, Dec. 19 starting at 10 a.m. It will begin at the BlueWater Resort & Casino marquee and end at Western Park. This is a chance for residents to take a stand against drugs, alcohol, violence, human trafficking, suicide, and bullying.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and Tribal policies regarding gatherings, this year’s event will be a drive-through affair. Participants are urged to decorate their cars to show their support, and to honor the victims of violence and the pandemic.
This event is also intended to commemorate Missing or Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). The event is hosted by the families of two of these women, Cynthia Williams and Molina “Shaggy” Yazzie.
The event is being organized by Raymond Meza. Meza’s sister, Williams, was kidnapped and murdered in March 2016. Two people, Sharon Marie Clark and Jeffrey Scott Williams, were convicted in federal court on charges related to her death.
Meza is working with the family of Yazzie, who went missing in August 2017 and was later found murdered. Recognizing there is other violence going on, these two families are organizing the march to raise awareness of the violence and call for it to end.
The event is open to the public. At Western Park, there will be food, music and an open mic for anyone who wishes to speak. There will also be free event t-shirts.
Last year’s event drew more than 200 participants. Meza said he was grateful to see so many people who cared.