MONTCLAIR, NJ - A peaceful protest is being planned in Montclair for this Saturday, June 6.
Nearly five days following the death of George Floyd, a Minnesota man suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill to a merchant, Montclair Township community leaders have decided to gather on the matter.
Floyd, an African-American man, died in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25. His death has sparked protests across the nation after videos of his death were released by bystanders, in which three police officers were kneeling on his back and neck.
In the video, a handcuffed Floyd can be heard repeatedly saying, "I can't breathe" and at one point, calling for his deceased mother, while the officer's knee rested on his neck. As bystanders cried out that they were harming Floyd, the officers reactions were seemingly unfazed for nearly nine minutes, until paramedics arrived.
The gathering of residents will begin at 11am and the march will start at 12noon at Nishuane Park. Marchers will walk through Montclair to Crane Park (across from Crane Park).
Organized by newly formed group called Montclair Citizens for Equality and Fair Policing, participants will be strongly encouraged to use social distancing measures.
This week, other Montclair leaders began holding events for the entire 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.
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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.
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.