Lighting The Night: Second Annual Lantern Festival for Justice and Remembrance Bring Community Together

Photo: Megan Giulianelli

MONTCLAIR, NJ – On Sunday, June 5th AAPI Montclair hosted its second annual Lantern Festival for Justice and Remembrance at Edgemont Park. With 2,000 lanterns illuminating the park, more than 2,500 attendees heard from speakers, saw performers and sampled a variety of food vendors, bringing the community together in the spirit of remembrance and solidarity.

“AAPI Montclair has truly been the work of everyone’s hands – not just our gorgeously diverse, fiercely committed Asian American community, but all of you–our friends, family, and neighbors, our educators and leaders–who have opened your hearts to sharing in our joys and sorrows.” said Amber Reed, President of AAPI Montclair. She continued to discuss the importance of solidarity across all marginalized communities to drive change. “Social justice, anti-racism, solidarity: we need to live into these words, because people are dying.”

AAPI Montclair appreciates all of the performers, speakers, and artists: Congressman Donald Payne, New Jersey Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin, Jean-Pierre Brutus (NJ Institute of Social Justice), Sofia Batres, Laila Khan, Toral Patel, Imam Hamza Abdeen (Islamic Center of Verona), Rabbi Marc Katz (Temple Ner Tamid), Sean Spiller (Mayor of Montclair), Christa Rapoport (Chair, Montclair Civil Rights Commission), Christina DiCosmo (ASL interpreter), KUPC Nanta Team, Amaris Jones, APEX Ensemble, Jazz House Kids, Parents Who Rock (BARD), ABCD, Ling Chen, Michelle Germinario, Woo Ceramics, and Pinch of Clay.

AAPI Montclair also thanks its community partners: Montclair Public Library, Montclair Community Farms, Roots and Shoots, Unitarian Universalist Undoing Racism Committee, Montclair NAACP Chapter, Out Montclair, Toni’s Kitchen, Montclair Civil Rights Commision (CRC), YWCA of Northern New Jersey, Latinos of Montclair, NJ Division on Civil Rights, Moms Demand Action, Montclair Child Development Center, Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence, Succeed2gether/Montclair Literary Festival, Montclair Film, Human Needs Food Pantry, Montclair Mutual Aid, League of Women Voters, Korean Traditional Dance of Choomnoori (KTDOC), Korean United Presbyterian Church, and SOMA Cross Cultural Works.

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