NUTLEY, NJ - The Township of Nutley will be among 30 other communities in the Garden State where residents will gather to denounce racial injustice in the United States on June 7.
Sunday's rally will take place at 11:30 a.m. in Essex County Yantacaw Park in the area near the ball fields. This will be the third rally in Nutley, with each being larger than the previous. Thursday's rally, at the intersection of Centre St. and Franklin Ave. drew a crowd of about 100 students, primarily Nutley High School students and recent graduates.
Last weekend, residents woke to discover a temporary memorial to the victims of racial injustice. Chalk artists left messages and the names of those lost on the paved path of Nutley's Memorial Park. The messages were seen on the entire length of the walkway from Chestnut St. to Vreeland Ave.
The Nutley Board of Commissioners issued a joint statement this week condemning racial injustice, the statement was read into the official minutes of the Thursday, June 4, open public meeting. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo issued a statement in which he said, "Instead of allowing this horrific, racist act divide us, we stand together as a united community. Instead of turning to violence, we are calling for change through peace."
Over the course of the week, marches and rallies have taken place across Essex County and New Jersey. In Caldwell, police joined the rally, in Newark protestors broke out in song and dance, and in Bloomfield, the Police Director as well as men and women in uniform joined the rally. Rallies were also held in Glen Ridge, Hoboken, Union, and dozens of other communities in NJ without incident.
Some local residents have expressed their displeasure regarding a rally in Nutley. One passing motorist shouting obscenities at the protestors during the Tuesday and Thursday protests. Former Commissioner Walt Smith stated, "If anyone from Nutley goes to that rally there is something wrong with them."
At Thursday's rally in Nutley Center, passing motorists sounded their vehicle horns in a chorus of support.
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