MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson has announced today that he is working on scheduling a meeting between the township Jewish and African-American communities. The plan is for the meeting to take place within the next 48 hours.
This comes in response to comments made at a community meeting on Monday.
When a date has been announced, details will be provided.
Jackson issued the following statement:
I am pleased to announce that Rabbis and African-American Clergy from greater Montclair will meet in the next 48 hours to address the relationship between the Jewish and African-American communities. I cannot overstate how much these leaders have committed to addressing the incendiary cloud hanging over our community at the moment.
Heinous incidents nationwide, and in Jersey City and Monsey in particular, shocked and sickened all of us. However, recent developments have made it abundantly clear that there is much work to be done, even in our beloved Montclair.
Hate, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, and intolerance have no place anywhere and particularly in our community and as a community we will work tirelessly to ensure that they are addressed head-on and rooted out.
Please keep these leaders, the meeting, and our community in your thoughts and prayers and let's be ready to commit ourselves to affirming the best Montclair, the Montclair of our dreams.
Mayor Robert Jackson