All photos copyright Joe Gerace, 2020 (please email for usage permission)
Hundreds gathered on a sweltering June afternoon in Hackensack, NJ, to call for an end to police brutality against people of color in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others.
Organizers provided a platform for members of the crowd to step up to the microphone and share their thoughts. Many of those who spoke stressed the need for swift and definitive change to race relations in America, and the importance of community, solidarity, and voting — in local, state, and federal elections.
The peaceful rally convened from noon to 1 p.m. on Ward and State streets in Downtown Hackensack before protesters marched south toward the Bergen County Courthouse.
Uniformed Hackensack police officers blocked traffic to allow protesters to rally and march freely.
The sky has been paved over by no boats in the Hackensack. In the gutters of River Road watery asphalt crumbles because it is New Jersey and very unwell. Even the street light thinks filth, with the sadness of her body her electric mind every minute and Ken Zisa inside the house watching his Yankees inning after inning. Outside the window, a man says something and a girl laughs, “No, Milagros, eso no es un gusano real.” Everything fizzles.
in ages of strategy
find form of war
the location i see before me
six disloyal but touching memes
earn unseen-careful paroxysm of stormy sea-monster
made of myth ether and yoke upon yore upon
fathom a revolutionary stratus
the mythical canon can
must mean grow
houses on this dial paired
with one who dials out
and his block with many people on it
one who moves verges on this pair
one who dials out
a broad bruised hand
sitting on condescending they
houses on a 5D model
apartment dwellers wrong laugh condescending
cry to the condescending cry
to the moon instead of death and 5D avenues
with many houses on a 5D model
one who dials out and is weaker for it
a wrestler wrestlers stolen long neck
some on this block with many 5D vacancies
modeled after men crying under floorboards
one who dials out
pairs with many alcoholic halfway homes
just two letters
5D model apartment dwellers with many missing hearts