YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – There were posts on social media Monday about a protest planned in downtown Youngstown — but it never happened. Many are still reflecting on Sunday’s march.
Councilman Julius Oliver said people can cause real change — not only through protests, but by hitting the polls in November.
“What people of color have to do is come to the resolution to say that if we want to affect change, we have to affect change in the voting box.”
Oliver said during this time, protesters are angry and looking for change.
“If we don’t get a plan for that, a plan to get the trillion-dollar base which is black America, together with a real plan to bring change, the same stuff will continue to happen over and over until our real power is felt, and our real power is felt at the voter’s box.”
Some businesses in the Youngstown area closed early Monday, expecting a protest to happen.
The Walmart in Liberty closed. The YMCA in dowtown Youngstown closed early at 3 p.m.
Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown issued all employees inside city hall to leave at 2 p.m. Monday. The dismissal was issued after the mayor consulted with Youngstown Police Chief Robin Lees and local community leaders about the possibility of another protest.