NUTLEY, NJ – More than 1,000 residents and visitors from surrounding towns came out to Yanticaw Park in Nutley this past Sunday, June 7, with open minds and open ears to listen to the concerns of those leading the peaceful Black Lives Matter protest.

Nutley Mayor Mauro Tucci and the entire Board of Commissioner including Joseph Scarpelli, Alphonse Petracco, Tom Evans, and John Kelly were on hand during the protest to lend an empathetic ear as messages of understanding, hope and healing filled the air.

After eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence, protesters held up homemade signs as local organizers and community leaders addressed the masses.

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Sunday’s gathering mirrored approximately 300 other gatherings held across the state over the weekend in honor of George Floyd.

Community activists and residents, consisting of all ages and races, then marched peacefully throughout town on Centre Street, Washington Avenue, Passaic Avenue and Franklin Avenue.

In nearby Bloomfield on Friday, June 5, protesters joined with the Bloomfield Police Department for a march from Bloomfield High School down Broad Street and across Franklin Street to the police department headquarters in Municipal Plaza, that was shut down in advance to provide protesters with a large spot to gather.

Last Sunday, May 31, about 100 marchers gathered near Watsessing Park, and made their way down Broad Street, past the Town Green, to silently protest across of Bloomfield High School.

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TAPinto Nutley's coverage of the Black Lives Matter rallies across the state, as well as our continuing coverage of BLM rallies in town, will appear in our Law and Justice section. 

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