UPDATE: Due to expected poor weather, the march has been postponed. The solidarity service is still on for 7 p.m. Stay tuned for the date.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Across the country, the response to the deadly attack by a white supremacist in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend has been anything but quiet.
So would you expect the Hub City to go silent? No chance.
Local leaders, religious figures, activists and residents plan to march this evening, Aug. 18, through New Brunswick to “fight against the dangerous acts of hatred that threaten to tear our country asunder,” an organizer of the event, Keith Jones II, wrote online.
The “United We Stand”' peace walk is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Sanford Street and Remsen Avenue, where onsite parking will be available at the St. Mary of Mount Virgin Church, Jones wrote.
Then group will then move down Remsen and onto George Street. It will stop at United Methodist Church, where a solidarity service will be held inside at 7 p.m., according to the organizers.
If the weather remains unfavorable, Jones noted, the peace walk will be canceled. But the service would still go on at 7 p.m. at the church, 323 George St. That decision will be made later today.
New Brunswick is a particularly fitting place for such a march, given its diverse population.
“Our strength is in our diversity, and we will fight against any and all forces which seek to sow division,” Jones wrote. “Again, we ask all who can to join us.”