UNION, NJ – A student-led peaceful protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, spurred by the death of George Floyd, took place Monday afternoon in Union.
Hundreds of protesters gathered on Jeanette Avenue and marched up Morris Avenue to town hall for passionate and inspirational speeches.
“It was amazing,” said Tayla, a junior at Union High School. “I’m so happy so many people were there supporting the movement and supporting Black people all together. But his can’t just be a five-minute phase. We as a people have to keep fighting until justice is served, peace of mind is given, and lastly until police brutality stops. I will continue to fight for freedom, freedom of this oppressed country. It is time for a change.”
"It was super empowering to watch the youth lead such a successfully peaceful protest," said Gabrielle, an alumni of Union High School. "Their voices won't be drowned out."
Protest chants included “I Can’t Breath”
Call: Hands up! Response: Don’t Shoot
Call: No justice. Response: No Peace
Call: Black Lives. Response: Matter
"I came out today to support the movement," said Union resident Santo. "I just want to see everyone treated equally and the violence to end."
“I thought the protest went amazing,” said Khadija, a junior at Union High School. “A lot of people came forward to talk about the issues they feel living as a Black person in Union. There were a few key people missing, like Board members, and our mayor and other officials, but overall it was eye opening. I think people have been so afraid to speak up and out about it and now that they have, I hope some real changes are going to happen. I know this is not the end of Black Lives Matter movement in Union.”