SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Social Justice Matters hosted a "Solidarity March" to recognize and celebrate our common humanity on Sunday, Feb. 9, in response to recent acts of hatred in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood community. The walk began at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building and ended at Fanwood Borough Hall.

Speakers included Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Scotch Plains police chief Ted Conley, who said: "I hate the fact that we have to have events like this because of acts of hatred."

Chief Conley also encouraged members of the crowd to speak up if they have information about the recent event in which the "N" word was written on a car owned by an African American resident of Scotch Plains. 

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