CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Following the examples of many towns and cities across the United States, Cedar Grove residents will be participating in a protest for the Black Lives Matter movement. The protest is being held on Sunday and will begin at Panther Park at 12 p.m. before walking on Pompton Ave. and up Bradford Ave., but using the sidewalks only.
The protest is being put together by a group called CGV Social Justice, and one of its members Cassie Cosby spoke about organizing the upcoming event. “Our group got together after seeing calls to host a protest in Cedar Grove,” she said. “In light of recent events at our schools and playgrounds we wanted to have a protest to let everyone know we will not tolerate racism.”
Cosby further explained the details of the event including a rough list of what will be taking place during the protest aside from the walk. “We have about five speakers that we have asked to speak,” she said. “There will be a moment of silence, kneeling as well as names of those that we have lost.” People are also encouraged to show support by honking their cars or holding signs along the path if they do not feel comfortable walking due to COVID-19.
The CGV Social Justice group spoke to both the CGPD and the municipality to ensure the safety of the event and those who choose to participate in it. Local businesses Cedar Beans and Yetla’s, respectively, are supporting the protests by providing coffee and water to those in attendance.
While Cosby explained that the CGV Social Justice group is very new and that organizing a protest is new territory for its members, they have been able to work through it together to achieve the goals of their protest. “Our goal is to show that Cedar Grove is a welcoming town that embraces diversity,” Cosby said. “We want to honor the lives lost and show solidarity as a community.”
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