MONTVILLE, NJ – Two Montville Twp. High School students raised more than $1,000 for an organization aimed at researching and identifying effective solutions to end police violence.
School friends Aaron Parisi and Adit Nagar wanted to try and make a change after they saw the "police brutality and social injustice" during incidents like the death of George Floyd, they said, so they created t-shirts to sell.
The pair sold the t-shirts, which say “Walk with Us #StrongerTogether,” at the Vigil to Stand in Solidarity Against Racism held June 10 (Read about the vigil here) and at the Walk to Support Black Lives held June 18 (Read about the walk here).
The result of selling t-shirts at the events and to friends was $1,300, which they will be donating to CampaignZero. Funds donated to this project support the analysis of policing practices across the country, aids in research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, gives technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and helps develop model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide, according to its website. The non-profit organization has research-based policies aimed at combating police violence.
“We started talking about this at cross country practice,” Nagar said. “We didn’t want the shirts to be aggressive – we wanted them to appeal to most people. We didn’t want to make a shirt that said ‘All police are bad.’ It had to be something that we personally believed in.”
Parisi agreed on the message, stating, “No matter where you stand, ‘stronger together’ appeals to everyone.”
The two young men said they were greatly upset about the issue of social injustice and they would also like to raise awareness.
“We want to do future fundraisers because it’s a good way for people to learn about them,” Parisi said.
“Hopefully we can continue to do something,” Nagar said. “As teenagers, we’re the next generation of adults, so we need to continue to help out wherever we can and make the world a better place.”
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