Ivanna Berrios and her friends, all recent graduates of New Rochelle High School, are organizing a Black Lives Matter March for Sunday, August 7th! The march will commence at 5 pm in front of the Huguenot Children’s Library (794 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY) and proceed down North Avenue for a distance of 1.4 miles, concluding in an Open Mic at the Ruby Dee Park next to the New Rochelle Public Library.
Here’s their message:
We hope to do the diversity of our community justice by calling attention to problems which disproportionately affect people of color, specifically the problem of police brutality against black civilians. This march will serve as a visible, unyielding display of solidarity with black Americans who have been targeted and brutalized by police. Our goal is to provide an outlet for those who feel frustrated with how black Americans are treated across the nation by police while engaging New Rochelle police in our effort to promote equality.
However, it is above all a peaceful protest, and under no circumstances do we plan on antagonizing the police officers who have helped us achieve the mission of conducting the march.
The open mic at the conclusion will be a chance to begin honest dialogue with police.