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Youth protestors speak of the agenda ahead after taking it to the streets

Youth rally
John Palminteri
A youth rally recently in Santa Barbara called for reforms in the City Hall, Police department and school district. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Youth rally
John Palminteri
A youth rally recently in Santa Barbara called for reforms in the City Hall, Police department and school district. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Youth Rally
John Palminteri
A youth rally recently in Santa Barbara called for reforms in the City Hall, Police department and school district. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Youth Rally
John Palminteri
A youth rally recently in Santa Barbara called for reforms in the City Hall, Police department and school district. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Youth rally
John Palminteri
A youth rally recently in Santa Barbara called for reforms in the City Hall, Police department and school district. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Youth rally
John Palminteri
A youth rally recently in Santa Barbara called for reforms in the City Hall, Police department and school district. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Youth rally
John Palminteri
A youth rally recently in Santa Barbara called for reforms in the City Hall, Police department and school district. (Photo: John Palminteri)
A youth rally recently in Santa Barbara called for reforms in the City Hall, Police department and school district. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Youth rally
KEYT
A youth rally recently in Santa Barbara called for reforms in the City Hall, Police department and school district. (KEYT)
Youth rally
John Palminteri
A youth rally recently in Santa Barbara called for reforms in the City Hall, Police department and school district. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Youth rally
John Palminteri
A youth rally recently in Santa Barbara called for reforms in the City Hall, Police department and school district. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Youth rally
John Palminteri
A youth rally recently in Santa Barbara called for reforms in the City Hall, Police department and school district. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Youth rally
John Palminteri
A youth rally recently in Santa Barbara called for reforms in the City Hall, Police department and school district. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Youth rally
John Palminteri
A youth rally recently in Santa Barbara called for reforms in the City Hall, Police department and school district. (Photo: John Palminteri)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The thousands of demonstrators and protestors at a recent youth rally made a statement calling for changes in City Hall, the police department and school districts. Now, they look at their personal goals.

The impacts could be with immediate actions, some are planning to attend more rallies, and others will speak out at community meetings such as public comment sessions to city councils and the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors.

Many meetings are scheduled in the weeks ahead to talk about suggested changed.

Resolutions in several local cities have taken strong positions against police brutality and racism.

 Walking at a recent youth rally from Stearns Wharf to the Santa Barbara Police station, one protestor,  Bella said, " it's up to us now.    It's our job and I am proud to be doing this."

Gisella de Albergaria walked in the demonstration and said, "We need to break the wall and just like change it right now because we can't deal with this sh-- anymore."

Inside this rally were parents side by side with their kids.

Bertelle Brinkley is African American and said, "I love it. I have never seen this much support living in Santa Barbara. We're a mixed family already and this is my daughter and we deal with it every day living in Santa Barbara."

Some had one message, others saw something larger here and across the country.

"All lives do matter, but we gotta start with the Black lives first," said Brinkley. She says they talk about it frequently at her home.

"I think everyone needs to do some inward looking," said Rebecca Lopez who is a parent. "And to think about those occasions everyday where you have a chance to say something and speak up for people and to think about the  micro-oppressions that we all inadvertently do to each other."
A big message rolling out in the next several months will be to register to vote with the Presidential election coming up in November.

Emily Carrillo said, "Yea voting is important absolutely, (I've voted) every year since I was 18."

That and taking their message to the streets.

"Absolutely, this isn't my first march we got the whole family out," said Carrillo.

Andrew Mize was in step with the demonstrators on these and other causes.

"Our youth are our future,  we gotta continue this."

Watch for more details tonight on KEYT NewsChannel 3 KCOY NewsChannel 12 and KKFX Fox 11 News.

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John Palminteri

John Palminteri is senior reporter for KEYT NewsChannel 3 and KCOY 12 Central Coast News.