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A Montclairian holds a sign at a protest yesterday in town. COURTESY ARMANDO “OUTTHERE” DIAZ

By GWEN OREL
orel@montclairlocal.news

Montclairians have been participating in vigils, marches and protests asking for justice for George Floyd, and there are more to come.

It’s important to be make their voices heard, Montclairians say.

“This injustice has been going on for years,” said 19-year-old Montclair High School graduate, who attended a vigil in Glen Ridge this past Sunday. “I’m tired for friends, I’m tired for my brother who is black, and I’m scared every time he goes in a car.

“It’s gone on too long, and it needs to stop. This is the thing I feel like I’m capable of doing, that I can do.”

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. Those interested in participating should contact Cathy Kondreck from the MEA, ckondreck@meanj.org.

Montclair Citizens for Equality and Fair Policing, and For the Peoples Foundation present The Black Lives Matter Crack the Blue Wall rally and protest

Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (march starts at noon)
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.

Black Lives Matter Unity Walk

Organized by Montclair High School students
Sunday, June 7, 2 p.m., beginning at Montclair High School
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.

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