Mayor Ras Baraka Joins Thousands in Newark Protest

Jun 1, 2020

As protests erupted across the country this weekend, thousands descended on the city of Newark to express their outrage over the murder of an unarmed black man at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Among them was the city’s own Mayor, Ras Baraka.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka Marches joins protest over death of George Floyd organized by The Peoples Organization for Progress
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“If I’m so angry right now I can’t imagine how exhausting and painful it is living it everyday.”

23-year-old Jonathan Kay of Millburn was among the thousands that took to the streets of New Jersey largest city to express their outrage over the death of George Floyd. Prior to what was a peaceful march Mayor Ras Baraka, gave a history lesson on the city’s own rebellion of 1967.

“We have to speak against the barbaric and inhumane, outright sickness that took place in Minneapolis Minnesota, it is our job to do so, we don’t have a right to walk around here like everything’s okay, Newark has been here before.”

Baraka then took to the streets along with activist and candidate for U.S. Senate and long time Newark activist Larry Hamm with the Peoples Organization For Progress.