Counter-Protester at Nutley Black Lives Matter Rally No Longer Employed by Hospital

Nutley for Black Lives protesters were confronted by counter-protesters during their peaceful solidarity march on June 26. One of those counter-protesters, identified by Twitter as Valerie Pastore, is seen on video screaming and giving protesters the middle finger. Images of Pastore at the rally were sent to Hackensack Meridian Health – Mountainside Medical Center, by the Vote Dem For The Planet Twitter account, with this message:

Valerie Pastore of Nutley, NJ was seen at the anti-BLM protest in Nutley yesterday in a MAGA hat, screaming at protestors and at one point making the Nazi salute. She works as the Director of Physician Recruitment at Hackensack Meridian Health – Mountainside Medical Center.

Twitter users shared the hospital’s response:

That message was followed by this one:

“Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This individual is no longer an employee at our organization.”

The counter-protesters had gathered near the Christopher Columbus Statue in Nutley.

“We want to make it clear that the protest is not centered around the town’s statue, however as Nutley For Black Lives, we do support its legal removal,” Nutley for Black Lives Matter organizers stated.

Two Christopher Columbus statues have been removed in Newark. There is a movement to both rename the Nutley Belleville Columbus Day Parade and remove The Nutley Columbus Statue.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. This morning I found a disgusting Twitter post from a Registered Nurse about Black mothers, and learned that the poster works for a health insurer or hospital in Baltimore or DC. I shared the post with them as this nurse should not be dealing with people, Black or not. I hope
    Twitter did itโ€™s thing.

  2. As the Director of Physician Recruitment at Mountainside she attended an anti BLM protest rally and made a Nazi salute. Think about that for a moment . . . given her critical position AT OUR LOCAL HOSPITAL, what sort of racist-driven hiring decisions was she making regarding the hiring of people of color, specifically black and brown? Hackensack Meridian Health made the unequivocal correct decision to terminate her employment.

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