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Local antiracism group marches on with call for racial equity, hosts event supporting Black-owned businesses

COURTESY PHOTO - The Sandy, GET LOUD event is scheduled for 5-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. When the Sandy STAND UP Movement first protested two months ago, in an effort to start a community conversation around racism and racial equity, they were not only met with support but also with pushback.

Some argue that the small, rural town of Sandy, doesn't see racial issues in part because its distance from the metropolitan area. Some disagree because they associate the STAND UP movement with the national Black Lives Matter movement, which has called for defunding of police and in the policing structure, which would delegate certain tasks normally overseen by police to other professionals such as social workers and mental health specialists.

But, as Sandy STAND UP co-organizer Tracy George has said their movement is less about the local police and more about exposing and combating racism within the greater Sandy community.

"I think when most people hear the word 'protest,' they think 'anti-police,'" Goerge said. "At least us in Sandy, that's not what we're here for."

George has said in the past.

"I'm not anti-police. What I am is anti-corrupt police, anti-corrupt justice system. We can hate a system, but what we don't have to hate is the people who are not corrupt inside of that system. … I'm not anti-guns. I'm not anti-Constitution. What I am is anti-racism."

In the spirit of pushing onward for racial equity in a positive manner, the STAND UP movement plans to host "Sandy, GET LOUD" from 5-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at Centennial Plaza, 39295 Pioneer Blvd.

The event will include music, a march, a raffle with items from Black-owned businesses and food provided by minority-owned vendors, both for purchase and some bought and distributed by the movement.

Raffle tickets are $5 each and the proceeds go to help fund future events and community programs hosted by the STAND UP movement.

"We're not only out their raising our voices, but putting our dollars behind it," George explained.

"We're making (this event) a celebration of people of color," George explained. "I want to talk about Black lives and why they're important."

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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