By Jaclyn Harris, MUTV-23 News reporter

The Rollout for Justice 2.0 protest on Saturday, organized by local resident Dani Perez, sought “to go out and make some good trouble and bring more awareness” to issues surrounding the University and local community. According to the Facebook event post, the protest mainly concerned the treatment of COVID-19’s impact on the community and the Black Lives Matter movement, among other issues. 

“I’ve noticed that this year especially, [the University’s] decisions have not affected the community in the best way,” Perez said. “I felt like I couldn’t stand by and be silent, especially right now when a lot of light is being shed towards MU. I just wanted to contribute to that narrative and point out concerns as a member of the community.” 

The protest began at 5:30 p.m. last Saturday, kicking off at the intersection of Rodgers St., Paris Rd., and College Ave. and stopping at Speaker’s Circle, where Perez and a number of other protesters made speeches about the issues at hand. Roy Lovelady, the president of People’s Defense, also attended the protest. 

“I’ve been out here for 112 days consecutively,” Lovelady said. “And I continue to come out because the problem has not gone away. There’s just a plethora of things we’re fighting for today and for sure we are here for accountability for Mizzou and making sure they come up with a true COVID plan.”

Demonstrators gathered on rollerskates, skateboards, bikes and more to take to the streets. “Rolling out” creates a unique form of protesting while allowing individuals to cover more ground with less effort. 

“Rolling out stands for several things,” Lovelady said. “One, we are on the move. Two, roll your sleeves up and get to work. So we are being task-takers. So many people walk and march but they get tired, so they don’t cover a lot of area. When we’re rolling out, we’re able to cover a lot of area and get our message spread out in a wider plane.”

Perez, who works as a waitress and bartender, has witnessed the impact of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry firsthand. 

“I felt like there was a huge lack of true communication and transparency on what would happen if students came back and they didn’t behave, or they didn’t follow through on being safe,” she said. “Some of the bars have let things slide, but what I don’t like is how MU didn’t have a true, solid plan to help us as a community control this pandemic.”

The protest drew some of its inspiration from the words of John Lewis, a civil rights leader and Representative who passed away in July. 

“I’m hoping that we cause enough ‘good trouble,’” Perez said. “One of the things [Lewis] talked about was good trouble, and necessary good trouble. I feel like roller skating and cycling is the perfect way to start some good trouble.”

Edited by Rachel Henderson

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