The People’s Organization for Progress is organizing the “March To Trenton For Police Accountability, Social Justice, And Economic Progress” starting at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Church Street and Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, NJ.
The march route is approximately 67 miles long and will wind its way through 22 towns and cities. The march is expected to end 1:00pm, Saturday, October 16th, at the State House in Trenton, New Jersey. The march has been endorsed by Newark Communities For Accountable Policing, Black Lives Matter of NJ, Black Lives Matter Paterson, Atlantic City Chapter of the National Action Network, Trenton Anti-Violence Coalition, and Our Revolution of Trenton- Mercer County.
“We are walking from Montclair to Trenton to highlight the issue of police brutality and to demand the NJ Legislature pass legislation to hold police accountable,” stated Lawrence Hamm, Chairman of the People’s Organization For Progress. “First and foremost we demand passage of A4656/S2963, the police review boards with subpoena power bill.”
There are other police related initiatives that POP wants to highlight and support during the march. These include a bill to make officer disciplinary records public (S2656); a bill banning and criminalizing chokeholds (S2617); a bill establishing requirements for use of deadly force (A4526/S3825); and a bill ending qualified immunity in New Jersey (A4578/3730). The group is also demanding that Governor Murphy veto a bill that would allow police to view bodycam footage before issuing their reports (S3939).
“At the national level we are calling for the passage of HR 1280, the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act,” Hamm said. “We are also marching for racial, social and economic justice. We demand that African-Americans receive reparations for slavery in the United States.”
This bill passed by the House of Representatives would create a nationwide data base for police misconduct; require racial profiling training of officers; create nationwide standards for police use of force; eliminate no knock warrants; ban the use of chokeholds; and eliminate qualified immunity for police. POP is demanding the passage of A711/S322 by the NJ Legislature and HR40/S40 by Congress. These bills would create reparations study commissions at the state and national levels.
“We are marching against all forms of voter suppression. We demand passage of voting rights legislation including the For The People Act (HR 1) and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR 4),” Hamm said. “Once again we are calling for abolition of the Senate filibuster rule which we believe is the prerequisite to the passage of the voting rights bills. We are also marching for economic justice. We demand passage of a $15 federal minimum wage and the passage of the PRO Act to facilitate worker unionization.”
POP invites those who support the mission and objectives of the march to participate. Each individual can determine for themselves how far they want to walk. The group is soliciting volunteers and additional organizational co-sponsors for the march. For more information call the People’s Organization For Progress (POP) at (973)801-0001.