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Reclaim Niagara holds second rally

Thu, Aug 2nd 2018 01:00 pm
Pictured are several citizens showing of their Reclaim Niagara posters during Saturday's peaceful rally at the intersection of Old Falls Street and Prospect. (Photos by David Yarger)
Pictured are several citizens showing of their Reclaim Niagara posters during Saturday's peaceful rally at the intersection of Old Falls Street and Prospect. (Photos by David Yarger)
On Saturday, July 7, Reclaim Niagara, a group of citizens "dedicated to exposing the injustices faced by Niagara Falls due to the exploitation of resources by public authorities and state entities," according to the movement's website, held their second rally of the summer.
The peaceful rally was held at the intersection of Old Falls Street and Prospect. According to a release, the rally was held to "spread our simple message - we are tired of being an afterthought. We are not going to stand by and watch another disastrous budget lay waste to the city that we know and love."
A group of citizens stood along the road on a crowded, tourist-filled Saturday exclaiming their message. Several passerbys signed the Reclaim Niagara petition and according to the online petition, as of this report, 730 people of 1,000 had signed.
Reclaim Niagara held a similar event last month that was well attended at the intersection of John Daly Boulevard and Buffalo Avenue in the Falls.
City businessman Shawn Webber said, "For decades, this city has suffered from abject poverty. Our roads, parks, neighborhoods, business districts and infrastructure continue to decline at an alarming rate yet the public authorities and state entities we host reap incredible profits at our expense.
"Our mission is to hold these entities accountable and open dialogue about how the generations of injustices can be corrected to help make our city viable and sustainable for the future."
For more information on the movement, visit www.reclaimniagara.com.

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