MILLTOWN, NJ - Borough resident and business owner Katty Velez along with the Mothers and Daughters of Milltown are organizing a We Are One March on Saturday, July 11 at Crabiel Park at 11 a.m. Participants will march from Crabiel Park on Elkins Lane in Milltown to the Albert Avenue Park.
The Albert Avenue Park is where Velez's 12-year-old son Christopher was a victim of racism back in May. We are One held a rally on Juneteenth in response to the incident at Milltown's Borough Park. Milltown has a long history of systemic racism. Velez talked of the "elephant in the room" that has been a constant in the borough for many years. Christopher Velez was one of the speakers at the June 19 rally. The middle schooler spoke of how the afternoon in the park impacted him.
"That week I did not want to be black," Christopher Velez said to the 200 plus crowd that attended the June rally.
Velez sent a letter to her fellow business members in the Milltown Chamber of Commerce inviting them to Saturday's march.
"As a business owner and a mother, I have committed to taking a stand against racism," Velez wrote in the letter. " I hope you will take a stand also. This Saturday; you have a unique opportunity to take a stand with the Milltown community to march on Main Street and take a stand for justice and equality. We are not anti-police. We are for justice. We are marching as your neighbors, friends and customers."