Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Rapper Common (156251)
Credit: City of Newark Press Information Office

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, actor-rapper-activist Common and thousands of Newark, N.J., residents will unite to “Occupy the City” Saturday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m.

They will meet at five rallying points at 3:30 p.m. in each of Newark’s five wards and walk to the city’s historic downtown “Four Corners” at Broad and Market streets for an anti-violence rally. Common will join the downtown rally.

Building on the success and support from Newark residents during his “Occupy the Block” events, Baraka decided to host an “Occupy the City” to unite residents from the entire city against despair, violence and crime, and to promote love, hope and empowerment.

“Occupy the Block” is a community engagement tool modeled after the historic “Occupy” movement, which advocates social disruption of harmful or ineffective constructs.