New Jersey rallies against hate groups — More events tonight
TRENTON — Several vigils and rallies around New Jersey were held Sunday to support those injured during the weekend's violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Working Families Alliance of New Jersey held events in Bedminster and Maplewod on Sunday. Other organizations organized held events in Montclair, Princeton, Teaneck and Tenafly.
Those in attendance spoke out against white nationalists and alt-right groups that marched in Charlottesville, Virginia after the city removed a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
During the marches in Charlottesville, a car rammed into a crowd of protesters, and a helicopter crashed into the woods as tension boiled over at a white supremacist rally Saturday, leaving three dead, dozens injured and the usually quiet college town a bloodied symbol of the nation’s roiling racial and political divisions.
The chaos erupted around what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade.
Pictures from NJ Working Family Alliance posted to Facebook showed the Bedminster protesters held signs that read "Hate Ain't Great" "Trump's side is hate" and "No Hate."
At a Teaneck rally sponsored by the group Teaneck Women Together, Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin also addressed an ongoing dispute with the Orthodox Jewish community of Mahwah. Members of the community are suing the township over its threat to start issuing summonses for Jews who try to construct an eruv — a symbolic border, in this case made of PVC piping — throughout town.
"Just look at what's going on in Mahwah. Look at what they are saying about Hasidic Jews and ask yourself: What is your responsibility?" according to NorthJersey.com.
Hameeduddin called the Charlottesville protesters "the real sleeper cells in America" in a post on his Facebook page,
Elizabeth Juviler, who spoke at the Montclair rally, told NorthJersey.com she didn't expect hundreds to turn out for her event at Brookdale Park. "Peace and solidarity in Montclair. Not a chance that hate is gonna win," Juviler wrote on her Facebook page with pictures of the rally.
Several rallies are also schedules for this week:
Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. will address the events surrounding Charlottesville at a press confernece Monday in Secaucus with representatives from CAIR-NJ, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and the NAACP.
Vin Ebenau contributed to this report.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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