MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Several hundred protesters gathered Sunday night in Maplewood for a vigil denouncing the recent racist march in Charlottesville, VA. that led to violent clashes and at least one death.
Participants first met at Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village for speeches and songs before marching down Maplewood Avenue to Baker Street, then to Valley Street toward Memorial Park for more songs and unifying chants.
Among those in attendance were Maplewood Mayor Vic Deluca, Maplewood Township Committee members Nancy Adams and Greg Lembrich, as well as Township Committee candidate Dean Dafis.
The "Stand With Charlottesville--Stand Against Hate" event was organized by local activist Marian Raab in protest of the white supremacist march in Charlottesville that advocated for white power and against racial equality.
The event listing on Facebook stated that participants would gather and march "to make our voices head and set forth an action plan to fight white supremacy, fascism, anti-Semitism and bigotry in our community."