A group of about 100 supporters of DeRidder City Councilman-At-Large Michael Harris met in the downtown pavilion yesterday evening, marched from there to the courthouse steps and held a rally proclaiming No Justice No Peace. Some supporters carried signs, Harris's sign read "Lets Make This City a Place Where a Child Can be a Child", referring to the subpoena for Harris's 11 year old son to testify against his father in court next week.
The first of many speakers at the Courthouse was J. L. Franklin, president of the SW Louisiana Community Coalition for Action who spoke of Harris's loyalty and honesty, his dedication to his family and to his community. Franklin calls the lawsuit questioning Harris's eligibility to hold the seat on the city council an attempt to hijack the election.
Other speakers included Dr. Ron Cesar, President of People on Weighing Equal Rights, Inc, Geneva Butler from the local Chapter of the NAACP, Michael McLannahan, the NAACP Representative from the Baton Rouge Chapter, Kari Ifland – who promoted the theme of Unity in our nation and our community. Do we have it and do we want it? And Ryan Trundle, Candidate for Congress.
Supporters were encouraged to stand behind Harris and to use their voting power in both the upcoming elections in November and in the larger elections next year to vote in candidates that reflect their opinions.