Jaiden Cook, 16 said she wanted to protest on behalf of her friends of color at school who fear the police. Jarod Smith, Ambridge resident shared “I protested because a change is needed and it starts with those affected. The mistreatment of African Americans needs to be addressed.”
In the wake of the protest that took place in Pittsburgh, the Ambridge Regional Chamber of Commerce ( ARCC) President Kim Villella shared “It was rumored that a family friendly protest was scheduled to begin in Aliquippa at 10am this morning moving to Ambridge at noon then to Beaver Falls. I notified board and ARCC sent an email to our members as a courtesy alert.”
Alert read: Tonight ARCC was notified by the Mayor’s office of a possible protest entering Ambridge this afternoon, Sunday May 31st. Protesters are rumored to intend to cross the Ambridge – Aliquppa Bridge and e enter Ambridge at approximately 12:00 pm. Business Owners are advised to secure their buildings if possible. Please be safe and smart. Let us know if you have any questions.
Mayor Dave Drewnowski stated, “We had no information about who was organizing the protest and I stated that hopefully it would be a peaceful protest. I knew that if it just involved local people it would be peaceful, it's just that you hear on the news that people have come from other states and incited violence to get their point across. I just wanted the business owners to be aware.”
The email sent to the businesses by the AARC was posted on social media.
“I was not happy to see the message from the Ambridge Regional Chamber of Commerce” said Lincoln “I'm disappointed on the scare tactics. There is nothing in Ambridge to loot. Ambridge has been running the businesses out for years. “
Erin Ninehouser, Ambridge resident and Ambridge Connection contributor attended and shared that the family protest event that was held in Aliquippa and shared that it was peaceful . Autumn Ivey, organizer, spoke at the event before people locked arms in a circle as Rev. Herb Bailey closed the peaceful gathering with prayer. Ivey shared "This is how it should be. I am so proud to be from Aliquippa. We're a family."