It's not the time to just preach to the choir, said Pastor W. Lonnie Herndon, who helped lead the group to clean up Center City.
“It's really going to take work outside of the four walls for religious leaders to help to heal our community and heal our land,” Herndon said.
Philadelphia City Councilmember Jamie Gauthier said the cleanup is a representation of what they want to see done in Philadelphia and across the country.
“I think we need to think about how we clean up institutional racism and systematic inequalities in our society as well,” Gauthier added.
State Rep. Joanna McClinton used their gathering to call for better police accountability and training, while urging protesters to look at the long-term ramifications of their actions, while Pennsylvania State Sen. Anthony Williams believes their help can go a long way.
“We want to make sure obviously those businesses that are there do not leave, remain, and continue to provide much needed jobs for Philadelphia. We also want to make sure that the next time they see someone who looks like me in Center City, that they are not afraid of them,” Williams said.
And Kyzar Abdul Khabir with Muslims for Humanity said when it comes to the protest, people should be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
“If you're not from Philadelphia, please move on. If you're from Philadelphia, be with us, help us build a better city, a better community,” Khabir said.