"One of the best decisions I had ever made"
- Joseph Lugo
On Saturday, July 25th, the People’s Organization for Progress (POP) will hold a “Million People’s March” in Newark to protest against police brutality, racial injustice and economic inequality.
The march will start at noon and it will begin at the Lincoln monument at the intersection of West Market Street and Springfield Avenue in downtown Newark.
Police brutality is a serious problem and lately it’s been happening more often in the African American community. Police officers are using excessive force on unarmed civilians causing them personal injury and even death. Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Rekia Boyd, Walter Scott and 7-year-old Aiyana Jones just to name a few victims.
The public outrage over these occurrences and the lack of justice for the victims is what has sparked several protests around the world. The police need to be accountable for their actions. They should not be above the law, but instead enforcing it.
People’s Organization for Progress Chairman Lawrence Hamm stated, “We will march to demand an end to police brutality and justice for all of its victims, police reform, and an end to the problems of racial injustice and economic inequality which lead to police brutality.”
Thousands are expected to attend the march and it is endorsed by over 100 community and grassroots organizations, union locals, religious groups, political prisoners defense committees, immigrant rights, women’s and LGBTQ groups.