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Black Lives Matter Solidarity

Essex Rising stands in solidarity with Black communities locally and across the country in the midst of protests for justice and reform. In the names of  George FloydDreasjon ReedAhmaud ArberyBreonna Taylor, and Tony McDade, in mourning for their recent and reprehensible murders, we recognize the countless Black Americans before them who have suffered under the brutality of an unjust system.

Firmly standing against racism in all forms, we acknowledge the racist systematic and social structures this country was founded on as well as the powerful entities which keep them in place today.

We realize that as the activist Angela Davis said, “it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be antiracist“. We must be antiracist in order to understand how racial ideology is manufactured and impacts the lived experience of people daily.

Sign the petition put forward by the
West Orange Youth Caucus and endorsed by Essex Rising to
Demand Proactive Policing in West Orange, NJ

Resources:
Anti-Racism Resources | Sophia Flicker and Alyssa Klein
For our White friends Desiring to be Allies | Sojourners
How to Protest Safely During a Pandemic | New York Magazine
26 Ways to be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets | Issuu
Building a Police Free Future: Frequently Asked Questions | MPD150 
Centering Race Equity and Thinking Strategically | Equity in the Center
An Anti-Racist Reading List | The New York Times
14 of the best films and documentaries to educate yourself on racism and Black oppression | Digital Spy

Sign a Petition:
Justice For George Floyd | Change.org
Justice for Ahmaud Arbery | Change.org
Justice for Breonna Taylor | Change.org
Justice for Tony McDade | Change.org
Defund the Police | Black Lives Matter
Legal Defense Fund for George Floyd | NAACP

Please consider donating to:
Directory of Community Bail Funds
Black Lives Matter

Mobile Protest
Friday, June 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Montclair Education Association and Restorative Justice Montclair. Montclair Public Schools educators and community members will travel in cars through Montclair’s six square miles with messages of solidarity. The caravan will pass all 11 Montclair public school buildings, beginning at Bradford School on Mt. Hebron Road and ending at Nishuane School on Cedar Avenue.

June 6, 2020, 12.30pm. West Orange Town Hall
West Orange, Black Lives Matter Protest
Protesters are asked to maintain social distancing, wear masks and bring hand sanitizer.

Daily from 7-8 pm.
There are growing gatherings every night in West Orange in the vicinity of the Washington School

Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (march starts at noon)|Montclair Citizens for Equality and Fair Policing, and For the Peoples Foundation present The Black Lives Matter Crack the Blue Wall rally and protest.
Nishaune Park, marching to the Montclair Police Department and ending at Crane Park
Protesters are asked to maintain social distancing, wear masks and bring hand sanitizer.
Sunday, June 7, 2 p.m., beginning at Montclair High School
Black Lives Matter Unity Walk
Organized by Montclair High School students
The walk comes with demands upon the district: 1) to desegregate classrooms, including initiating busing for the South End; 2) to have more black teachers and leadership; 3) to dismantle what students called a Eurocentric curriculum; 4) to demand mandatory teacher training on institutional racism; 5) to change the culture by hosting dialogues.

Sunday, June 7, 12pm, Millburn high school

Monday, June 8th, 6PM –  
Denville – Meet/Park Bloomfield Ave parking lot. Walk up Broadway.

Resources:
Anti-Racism Resources | Sophia Flicker and Alyssa Klein
For our White friends Desiring to be Allies | Sojourners
How to Protest Safely During a Pandemic | New York Magazine
26 Ways to be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets | Issuu
Building a Police Free Future: Frequently Asked Questions | MPD150 
Centering Race Equity and Thinking Strategically | Equity in the Center
An Anti-Racist Reading List | The New York Times
14 of the best films and documentaries to educate yourself on racism and Black oppression | Digital Spy

Sign a Petition:
Justice For George Floyd | Change.org
Justice for Ahmaud Arbery | Change.org
Justice for Breonna Taylor | Change.org
Justice for Tony McDade | Change.org
Defund the Police | Black Lives Matter
Legal Defense Fund for George Floyd | NAACP

Please consider donating to:
Directory of Community Bail Funds
Black Lives Matter
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