PLAINFIELD, NJ - PLAINFIELD, NJ –On Saturday, July 25, 2020 12pm, The Plainfield Public School’s Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), in partnership with one of its core grant Collaborators, RARE Academy, along with the Plainfield Education Association (PEA), North Plainfield Education Association (NPEA), and Sigma Community Enrichment Initiative (SCEI), will conduct an A.W.A.R.E.ness Peaceful March on Saturday, July 25, 2020 12PM, starting at the Plainfield Public Library Park (rear of Plainfield’s Public Library). AWAREness’s mission is to awaken communities with awareness by building diverse and inclusive relationships and educating them about social issues that impact their neighborhoods and schools. AWARE is an acronym meaning, ‘Awaken With Awareness, Relationships, and Education’. The goal affiliated with this effort is to bring together all racial groups from North Plainfield, NJ and Plainfield, NJ to increase awareness of injustices and inequities that exist within these communities and schools in order to partner and strategize ways to address them. We recognize our goal is a tall task but there is no better time than now as citizens all over our nation are demanding for social justice and equality.

The Plainfield Police Department worked with the AWAREness team by developing a march route safest for participants and the general public that includes heading down Arlington Avenue, making a left onto Stelle Avenue, making a left onto Park Avenue, then returning to Plainfield’s Public Library Park area. Route details may change subject to traffic patterns. The march will kick off with a brief introduction led by the City of Plainfield Mayor, the Honorable Adrian Mapp, followed by Plainfield Board of Education members, President Cameron Cox, and member Richard Wyatt, as well as selected students’ remarks. Upon the March participants’ return to the Plainfield Public Library Park, students will lead a dramatic AWAREness March Showcase honoring those slain at the hands of police brutality.

Why should you care? It is important to provide a safe platform whereby stories and facts are shared without judgment or shame. It is important to bring these three communities together to stand against racism and engage in restorative dialogue. It is important to bring awareness to the impact racism has had on our neighborhood and schools. For more information, please reach out to AWAREness founder, Jacynth Johnson, at awareplainfield@gmail.com or by calling the Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC Project Director, Zelda Spence, at 732-501-3906