Thank you to all of the 300 or so who joined me Wednesday evening in our two-mile march south on North Avenue to City Hall where we met up with approximately 3,000 other people from all ends and centers of New Rochelle. It was an immensely successful, strong and orderly rally. We started from Beth El Synagogue Center with Rabbi David Schuck and a bunch of his congregants and picked up many along the way, the rabbi and many congregants of Young Israel of New Rochelle at their synagogue (remember, the original “hot spot” of the East Coast piece of the pandemic) and at the Thomas Paine monument. We northenders arrived at City Hall first and it was an emotional and joyous moment when the vanguard of young black and Latinx marchers heading north arrived. Special thanks to outgoing Rabbi Scott Weiner of Temple Israel of New Rochelle for the idea of the North Avenue march and for his helping me in its execution. Actions speak louder than words. And a picture is worth a thousand words, so here I stop talking and let some pictures do the talking.
Remembrance and rally at Boy & Girls Club, Lincoln Park: All declare BLACK LIVES MATTER
At City Hall: New Rochelle united for positive policing and antiracism
2020 CITY COUNCIL MEMBER Sara Kaye and COUNTY LEGISLATOR Damon Maher: Let’s get to work on police and criminal justice reform
For details in local press coverage see the story in Journal News/lohud.com by reported David Propper (NRHS ’08) at https://www.lohud.com/story/news/2020/06/03/yankees-mariano-rivera-speaks-out-protesters-gather-new-rochelle/3135263001/.
If you hit a pay wall, first of all subscribe to the online and/or print versions of the Journal News — these days it is especially important! If you don’t, still look at the print version of the article, which has some additional information.
Enough talk. Now, what’s the action? For starters, I refer you back to Tuesday’s NYT editorial and my son Harry’s letter to the Seattle Office for Police Accountability (“OPA”), imbedded in my Monday eblast to you. Actually, the first step is to have an OPA-like department of government in Westchester County. It should be an independent body of civilians with sufficient professional staffing, subpoena power, whistleblower protection, broad enforcement measures and support of a continuing, visible information campaign to advise people of its existence and powers.