Ladies pray at park as planned rally brings in concerns
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – On Thursday afternoon seven local women were praying at Coolidge Park, the place where the “Declaration of Resistance: Solidarity with Charlottesville” rally is planned to take place.
The rally is to show Chattanooga residents stand against white supremacy.
“God is in the business of hearing the prayers of his people. He collects them. He’s concerned about our city and wants the city to move forward, not backward,” Genendal Fratantuono said.
Fratantuono is the president of Chattanooga Aglow Lighthouse.
She was one of the ladies who are a part of a prayer group with the ministry that felt compelled to pray for peace and no conflict during the rally.
“We are praying actually that this event would just dissipate and not take place, because when hot heads come together things can happen when people get angry and just don’t want that to happen and mar our city,” Fratantuono said.
Though it is uncertain who and how many people may show up tonight, Chattanooga Police said they are increasing patrols in the area and they do have additional manpower if needed.
“We are worried about security, because we’ve gotten an immense amount of death threats. People said they were going to shot me from the bridge,” Lillie Stubsten said.
Stubsten is one of the rally organizers.
She said they are not asking for violence.
“We’d never want what happened in Charlottesville to happen again, but we’re not gonna be complacent, you know, we’re not gonna not rally, were not gonna not fight. So, I’m really sorry if it makes you uncomfortable, you know, sometimes you have to be uncomfortable for things to change,” Stubsten said.
The rally is planned to start 7:30p ET.