District Equity Team and PH alumni to hold peaceful protest


Ellie Kim

A peaceful rally and march will be held in Woodcliff Lake this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event was organized by the District Equity Team with the help of a group of alumni.

Ellie Kim, Managing Editor

A peaceful protest march to support the Black Lives Matter movement will be held in Woodcliff Lake by the District Equity Team and Pascack Hills alumni Saturday, June 27 at 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m. The march will begin at the Woodcliff Lake Town Hall and end at the Woodcliff Lake train station, where various speakers, including members of the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) community, will discuss current social justice issues. 

“I didn’t want this movement to die down,” PV junior Ellie Schaumberger said. “The main goal for this is educating people and bringing awareness.”

All participants will be required to wear face masks and participate in social distancing. A voter registration booth will also be available at the rally, according to the Racial Equity Rally Facebook event. 

“If we can get a whole bunch of people out to support the cause, then that kind of shows what our community wants to stand for,” Bulzomi said. 

The idea to organize the rally was initially proposed by a group of alumni. According to PH Class of 2016 graduate Olivia Bulzomi, she was inspired to begin organizing the rally after attending a similar one for the Northern Highlands community three weeks ago. 

“I thought that it was really touching and emotional,” Bulzomi said. “During the walk, I texted one of my friends from high school and I said, ‘Hey, let’s do this in our own community. If they can do it, we can do it.’” 

Bulzomi contacted other graduates of her class and got in touch with current students on the District Equity Team. The rally was organized with the approval and corporation of the Woodcliff Lake and Montvale Police Departments, as well as the district. 

“We’re here to be allies, we’re here to stand up to injustice no matter where it lives, and it is everyone’s responsibility to make the world a little more just for everyone that lives in it,” Bulzomi said.