Just like everyone, everywhere, we’re watching what’s unfolding in Ukraine.
State of play: More than 150 people gathered in Romare Bearden Park on Thursday afternoon following the invasion by Russian forces.
- Some activists sang the Ukrainian national anthem and chanted, “stop the war.”
- They marched around the perimeter of the park, and then were led in a prayer.
After an hour of protesting, CMPD arrived. One of the organizers told the officers the group wanted to march from the park to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.
- With a police escort and Ukrainian flags flying high, they marched.
- Cars honked in support as the group made its way through Uptown.
By the numbers: Charlotte has more than 10,000 Ukrainian residents — more than any other city in the state.
- “Immigrants have a difficult time, but my grandparents and my mom always said they came here for me, for the next generation, and a lot of that are newly here in the United States are doing the same thing,” Spirin said. “They want a better future for their children.”
- Growing up she said she didn’t have much, but living here provided opportunities.
- Her family remains in Ukraine, hiding in a cellar, afraid to come out, she told Axios through tears.
- He still feels shocked and finds it impossible to believe Russia invaded Ukraine in the 21st century, describing the two countries as, “sister and brother,” and saying how many people have family on both sides of the border.
He and other activists hope to speak with Charlotte City Council leaders during their next meeting on Feb. 28 at the government center.
- When asked what Charlotte can do, he said he knows one person from Charlotte cannot solve this, but they have a phrase, “water breaks the stone,” meaning it takes everyone.
- Anger at the rise in gas prices, like WCNC reported yesterday.
- Fear of another war that could send our loved ones overseas.
- Empathy for our friends and neighbors who have ties to Ukraine, like the families WBTV spoke to earlier this week.