EAST ORANGE, NJ - The Oranges & Maplewood NAACP is encouraging citizens in their catchment communities (Orange, East Orange, West Orange, South Orange, Maplewood, Millburn, Livingston, Bloomfield, Belleville, Nutley and Verona) to attend a Justice and Equality Rally to demonstrate that Essex County citizens will be “Steadfast and Immovable” against racism, xenophobia, prejudice, hatred and discrimination in our cities, in our County, in our State and in our Nation. The planned rally is designed to strongly support protocols that endorse fairness, equality and equity for all citizens.

The rally (“Justice and Equality) will be held on Sunday September 10th at Soverel Park (East Orange/Springdale and Brighton Avenue entrances) from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Community leaders, elected officials and spiritual leaders have been invited to participate in this event. The invited speakers will be requesting our citizens to register to vote, to vote in all future elections and to stand “Steadfast and Immoveable” against racism and discrimination.

The Oranges & Maplewood NAACP Chapter president Thomas Puryear writes, “The recent blatant racist behavior displayed in Charlottesville, coupled with the continued victimization against people of color that has occurred in recent months in our county must be challenged. Essex County citizens of good will, must promote a message that demands justice and equality for all citizens.  County residents will raise our collective voices to let all know that there are citizens who are willing to rally against behaviors and activities that are designed to have a negative impact on the positive development and socialization of American citizens”. “Civil rights organizations, spiritual leaders, community representatives, elected officials and local citizens must always stand firm against those individuals who would threaten the moral right of our communities. Those who believe in freedom must not rest, until we have successfully challenge those who would attempt to impede the social and political development of all citizens”.