'We need more activism': Englewood Cliffs teen billed for organizing protest continues to fight for equality
An Englewood Cliffs teen activist says she is undeterred by a mayor's attempt to bill her $2,500 after she organized a Black Lives Matter protest.
Mayor Mario Kranjac sent a letter to 18-year-old Emily Gil, asking her to pay the money to make up for police overtime needed to cover her demonstration. Kranjac later rescinded the bill after uproar from the community.
Gil organized the rally in July to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement and the need for affordable housing in her town.
"If anything it makes it more clear that we need more activism," Gil says. "It doesn't make me want to go the other direction, in fact it makes me want to fight more for the issues that I care about."
She says that young people are trying to be silenced in the country.
Gil says the mayor told her in a follow-up letter that the advice to bill her came from the borough administrator.