NEWARK, N.J— Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 1 pm at the Lincoln Monument in Newark, New Jersey at the intersection of Springfield Avenue and West Market Street, the People’s Organization for Progress started by Lawrence Hamm – progressive candidate for U.S. Senate – will take to the streets, in their tradition, to stand against the lynching of Black men like Ahmaud Arbery on the streets of the U.S.A. It will also raise an alarm on the disparaging monitoring and arrests of Black and Brown bodies under the current COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. Hamm contends that these incidences undergird the historical legacy of racialized terror in the U.S.A.
In March 1857, Justice Taney said, “…and so far, inferior, that they had no rights which a white man was bound to respect…”. Hamm contends that this mythology of the inferiority of Black citizens in particular, and other non-white populations, is a persistent philosophical construct in today’s civil society. The recent hunt and slaughter of Ahmaud Arbery illustrate the persistent racialized violence non-white people in America live.
“We will never stop marching or speaking for those killed by racialized terror. We will not be quiet. We will not be silent. We will continue to wage resistance against this systemic racism and its tool of violence. Here on the streets of Newark, in the halls of justice, and the floors of legislatures, we will stand up and speak out, ” stated Hamm.