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Trenton Mayor Snubs Jay-Z & Russell Simmons’ Rally

Posted by Media Outrage on April 6, 2010

Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer isn’t interested in participating in Jay-Z, Russell Simmons, and Al Sharpton’s “Stop The Violence” rally scheduled for this upcoming Saturday.

Via AHH:

 Mayor Doug Palmer of Trenton, New Jersey has vowed to stay away from a rally in the city this Saturday (April 10th) featuring Hip-Hop moguls Jay-Z and Russell Simmons.

According to reports, Jay-Z and Simmons will lead a group organizing a rally as a reaction to the news that a 15-year-old girl sold herself and her 7-year-old sister for sexual favors during a party on March 28th.

So far, five men have been charged with gang raping the 7-year-old. Her 15-year-old sister has also been charged in the case and his being held at a detention center.

Jay-Z and Simmons are scheduled to headline the rally at Lighthouse Outreach Ministry, which will include an appearance by The Reverend Al Sharpton in addition to a number of other community activists.

According to The Trentonian, Mayoral Candidate Shahid Watson is helping to organize the rally along with Dennis Muhammad.

Muhammad is nationally known for his work with young men in troubled communities through his organization, Peace Keepers.

Mayor Doug Palmer said he was “tired” of rallies and has vowed to sit the event out.

“I wish (organizers) well but I’m tired of marches. Tired of protests. Tired of rallies,” Palmer told The Trentonian. “I’m going to spend that time being a father to my daughter. When I decide what needs to be done, it will be something that is sustainable.”

The Stop the Violence rally is free and open to the public. Tickets will be available through The Lighthouse Outreach Ministry starting tomorrow (April 6) at 6:00 PM.

Mediaoutrage–  Your thoughts?  Is the Mayor HATIN like a muthaphukca???

14 Responses to “Trenton Mayor Snubs Jay-Z & Russell Simmons’ Rally”

  1. brynnrock said

    Our society is in a sad state-morally, spirtually and ethically with this type of behavior happening with our youth. I am so sadden for that little girl who had to endure such hatred inflicted on her. Parents need to step up and take responsiblity for our children and the way we are raising our babies today, just an observation in and around my world! (I am not blaming the mother, don’t know her)

  2. FLADIVA said

    He is the Mayor and he tired of marches, then he needs to step his ass down. Please don’t tell me he is a black man, the nerve of him saying he is tired of marches if it wasn’t for people marching and rallying he woulldn’t be in the position he is in right now. Come On Trenton, vote his ASS OUT!!!!!

  3. MissTX said

    I don’t blame him.

    But only because the world today is different from the times of Martin, Rosa, Jesse, etc. Seems people today just don’t care. And he probably sees that. So what good is gonna come from a march or rally when no one gives a damn?

    • Dominikingz said

      Exactly…sction speak louder than marches.

    • Yeah I Said It said

      What you said!!! After the march then what?

    • Great point MsTx. I’ll probably be there Saturday, but most people will show up for the celebrity appeal which is what this candidate is going for.

      Plus a stop the violence rally is needed, but tying it to this rape case isn’t appropriate. Where was this rally after some of the shootings in that area?

  4. LowRidaz said

    I am also tired of Rallies and Marches, then the next day or week or month, its the same shit, nothing change, here.. everytime someone get killed they are marching and chanting , and no one is listening or paying attention, its fucking sad!!! I am also tired of the shit and seein no damn results, maybe he just want to sit out and figure out what the next step is, he is entitled to that.
    people aint doing shit but wearing the back of their shoes down and killing their vocal cords, marching and chanting and AINT SHIT CHANGED!

  5. Yvonne said

    Don’t know anything about this mayor but on a whole, I agree with him and some other posters on here.

    The only way THINGS can change is when PEOPLE change and that has to come from the heart.

    People can march, chant, sing, do flips, scream, hang upside down, hold signs all day long, walk in groups for days and after the the fever dies down from being caught up in the moment, it’s back to the same old violence, hatred, prejudice, and anything else that makes human beings less of a human being to each other.

    My mother always told me a change will come about regarding the human race and how we treat each other, but it won’t be by anything man will do or try to do.

  6. Lio said

    two things

    – either he ‘s busy or he doesn’t want to be associated with anything “hip -Hop”. As for the men who raped that little, i hope then get tortured to death once in jail. I have zero tolerance for those creatures…

  7. I agree w/ the mayor. The rally will do nothing. Let me ask a question: How many people still followed the cases of Jena 6 and the execution murders in the Newark schoolyard after the media stopped caring?

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