Marching On


 The movement continues. On Saturday, June 13, the Far Rockaway National Pan-Hellenic Council and Queens Defenders teamed up again to host a second March With Us event against police brutality and racial injustice.

On Saturday, more than 300 people joined in the peaceful boardwalk march that began at Beach 62nd Street and continued to Beach 94th Street. The groups were joined by residents and visitors of all races on bike and foot who chanted the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, as well as things like “this is what community looks like,” showing that it was a movement of solidarity.

The march was supported by other organizations such as Voices for Black PowHer, Rockaway Revolution, Rockaway Women for Progress, Team Deuces Sports and more. Congressman Gregory Meeks and Queens Borough President Sharon Lee were among elected officials who came to show support and speak to the group. Several people stepped up to the mic to speak about why they were there and to thank all for the support.

“We have our young people here in our program here today,” a representative from Queens Defenders said. “It’s one thing to talk to them about the American dream and that you’re supposed to be able to walk down the street and not get shot for doing nothing. You’re not supposed to be murdered because someone accused you of a crime. We try to teach them, but you all today, have taught them the most valuable lesson in life—that you care, that their dignity matters, that their humanity matters, for that I thank you.”

Meeks spoke of the injustices so many people face. “It stops here and it’s you, especially my younger brothers and sisters, who said I’m gonna stand up and I’m gonna make this place called America a better place,” Meeks said.

At the end of the march, participants were able to access resources to check their voter status, register to vote and receive 2020 Census information.

“Thank you to our beloved Far Rockaway community,” Far Rockaway NPHC founder Curtis Turney-Rentas said following the march. “We did it again and this doesn’t end here.” For more information about future events, follow FarRockNPHC and Queens Defenders or Instagram.

 By Katie McFadden
Photos by V. Lens.


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