GLEN ROCK, NJ - Local activists are preparing to march in solidarity with Black Lives Matter this evening to protest the killing of George Floyd, a black Minneapolis man, at the knee of a white police officer on May 25.
Individuals interested in attending, at least 200 as indicated through social media, will meet at the Main Line Train Station and march up Rock Road to the Municipal Building where they will observe a moment of silence.
Glen Rock council members, the mayor, and other community leaders are expected to attend the event that was organized by 8 community members, including Laura Occhipinti and Courtney Carbone.
"I'm currently the Chairperson of the Community Relations Advocacy Network, which is a Municipal Committee appointed by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Glen Rock," Carbone said. "Our committee was founded to address and abate incidents of discrimination and bias toward persons or groups based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and/or ability status. We also encourage the regular use of sensitivity and diversity training for police, school personnel, and community employees."
Carbone said the Network encourages participation by all community members, including elected officials, local law enforcement, municipal employees, civic leaders, students and school personnel, and neighbors from Glen Rock and surrounding towns.
"As the Chairperson of the Community Relations Advocacy Network of Glen Rock, I have been encouraged to see the action-oriented response from so many members of Glen Rock and surrounding towns," she said. "So many residents have taken a stand in response to racial violence and police brutality in our country. Local efforts are being organized by students, teachers, parents, elected officials, clergy members, grassroots organizations, and other individuals--not just in Glen Rock but from surrounding towns as well. There are so many people who are ready to listen, learn, and do the work to become better allies. Local high school students have been especially inspirational to me.
"As students of history, we all know that racism is nothing new in our country, but I do feel that there is now a renewed sense of hope, energy, and accountability in our conversations and communities," Carbone said. "I was heartened to see public statements made by many leaders of our Borough. I've also had many residents reach out to join our anti-discrimination group. There are so many of us who are committed to fighting systemic racism together. While my committee is not an official sponsor for any specific rally or event, we are working on immediate calls-to-action and long term initiatives to promote diversity, inclusion, and representation in our community."