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DENVILLE, NJ — The Denville Voices Against Racial Injustice held a demonstration in Downtown Denville at McCarter Park on Bloomfield Avenue, Mon., June 8, in recognition of the death of George Floyd. Denville Voices Against Racial Injustice is a group of diverse individuals who strive to bring awareness and act for equity and equality for Denville residents.
George Floyd was an 46-year-old African-American man who, on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, died while white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Floyd had originally been restrained by the police on suspicion of using a counterfeit bill. Since his death, there have been demonstrations and protests against police brutality and racism across the nation in more than 80 cities, and around the world; some resulting in violent riots and looting.
There was no such violence or mayhem in Denville on Monday. More than 600 people peacefully gathered, wearing face masks and gloves due to the COVID-19 pandemic, carrying protest signs. Some signs read “No Justice No Peace,” “Silence is Violence,” and “I Can’t Breathe,” latter statement is what Floyd said repeatedly as he begged for his life.
Clergy Calling for Consequences is a multicultural interfaith alliance. We believe there are too many instances where Black lives have been taken without justifiable cause or legal consequence. So, we’re standing together in support of Ahmaud Arbery’s family to change this trajectory.
WHAT: Black and Latino legislators, civil rights organizers and faith leaders will demonstrate their solidarity in a unified call to action for passage of legislation to end social injustice in New Jersey. They demand the prioritizing of a package of bills to restore justice to those harmed by a biased and unfair criminal justice system and failed policies.
Regardless of their previous stance on the now defunct marijuana legalization bill, Black and Latino leaders are united in their unwavering support for decriminalization as a long-sought remedy for rampant injustice in our state court system.
New Jersey has the worst adult and youth incarceration racial disparities in the nation, mostly due to disproportionally enforced drug policies and anemic investments in community-based youth alternatives.