GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (NBC 26) – It’s a fight among community members that actually brings people together in northeastern Wisconsin.
“It’s nice to play like a kid again just for a little while,” said organizer Chauncey Hughes. “You get together as a family, as a community, and you throw food on the grill, throw water in the guns and chase each one. other around all day. It can’t be much better than that. “
Dozens of people gathered at Whitney Park in Green Bay on Thursday afternoon for a second annual squirt gun and balloon battle.
“[It’s held] to foster solidarity in the black community, ”said Hughes. Last year at this time we lost George Floyd. “
Hughes says he wanted to bring a sense of normalcy to Northeast Wisconsin after a tough year.
“We lost a personal friend who was close to us and we did this last year to heal [as] is part of the grieving process in a positive way, ”he said.
Almost 100 people of all ages participated.
“It’s about bringing people together – kids and parents, moms and dads, sons and daughters – to have fun,” said Emmanuel Hunt, 11, from Green Bay.
Shay Miller owns a local boutique and says she wants everyone in the area to get involved.
“We hope to bring more black businesses together to do more things like this in the future,” she said.
And this stuff continues to strengthen a community.
“That’s what I’m hoping to get out of it all,” Hughes said. “I hope people can take the positivity of this day and build on it.”
Officials introduced reform in northeastern Wisconsin. Locally, the Green Bay Common Council has approved body cameras for police officers.
At the federal level, the Democratic-controlled House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. It was not taken over by the Senate.