MONTCLAIR, NJ - Several groups in Montclair are collaborating to host activities and virtual discussions on race relations in America, according to officials.

In response to national outrage over the killing of a man in Minneapolis, protests and civil unrest has sparked across the nation. George Floyd was handcuffed while police officers kneeled on his body, including his neck for nearly 9 minutes, until he was lifeless.

In response, the Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti and Deputy Chief Will Youngn will be speaking on Tuesday, June 2 at 3PM. Hosted by the Montclair NAACP and BlueWaveNJ, the two groups are collaborating to bring a series of local meetings as America struggles with its disgraceful history of racism.

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The purpose of this 1-hour Zoom meeting is to allow Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti and Deputy Chief Young the opportunity to discuss their perspective on the current crisis engulfing our nation.

They will discuss the following and address relevant questions:
The Montclair Police Department's position as the law enforcement arm in our Township;
The MPD's  training in regards to the use of force;
The MPD's partnership with the Essex County Prosecutor's Office concerning the same.

Please forward any relevant questions to info@bluewavenj.org before the meeting and they will present them to our panelists. During the meeting you can also send questions via the chat box.

For this 1 hour Zoom meeting written questions is the only way to address the panelists.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87908296125?pwd=ZFZWNHZQYzEwSGQ2VGg3ZmZTUkZnUT09



Meeting ID: 879 0829 6125
Password: 298781
 


Other events are being planned around the community, including a week of action that is being sponsored by the MEA and Restorative Justice Montclair. Entitled, the Week of Solidarity, events will also begin on Tuesday, June 2 and span through the week.

Leave a Memento

The community will be invited to leave a memento at Nishuane Park's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to demonstrate solidarity against racism. Suggestions include written comments, poems, and thoughts, as well as flowers wreaths, and other tokens to honor the memories of those who have lost their lives due to racist acts. We ask that you do not linger as we are committed to maintaining social distancing guidelines.

For more info, email: ckondreck@meanj.org

Community Conversation on Racial Injustice

Wednesday, June 3, 4pm-6pm
Community members will have an opportunity to participate in a panel discussion to discuss racial unrest and what we can do as a community. If you are interested in participating please message me
Directly for the for the zoom meeting link contact person. Please feel free to invite students, families, friends, and neighbors to the conversation.

Mobile Protest

Friday, June 5, 4:30pm-6:30pm
Montclair Education Association and Restorative Justice Montclair will lead a caravan of Montclair Public School educators and community members who will travel in cars through Montclair's six square miles with messages of solidarity. The caravan will pass all 11 Montclair Public School Buildings, beginning at Bradford School on Mt. Hebron Road and ending at Nishuane School on Cedar Avenue.

If you are interested in participating please contact the MEA directly.