Letters to the Editor

Violent Language Begets Violent Acts in NJ Prisions
Bill Beren
Published: 06/14/2021
The only logical adjective that fits with extraction is “forcible extraction.” Do prisoners really need to be “forcibly extracted” or “pulled from their cells” in order to perform cell checks and other routine corrections activities? Read More
Department of CorrectionsEdna Mahan Correctional FacilityJail Reform
Stop Being "Shocked" About Abuse at NJ Jails and Prisons
Laura Morowitz
Published: 06/12/2021
Reports of abuse, violence and neglect, not only in correctional facilities but in detention centers throughout New Jersey and the US are widespread. In this most recent case “34 staff members and 10 corrections officers“ were charged in the violent beating of women inmates, clearly not a case of “one bad apple” but a thorough and systematically abusive system which dehumanizes people who are convicted of crimes, no matter how large or small. Read More
Department of CorrectionsMarcus HicksPhil MurphyEdna Mahan Correctional FacilityJail Reform
Threats to Our Local Parks
Bill Beren
Published: 06/08/2021
Four bills are under consideration by the NJ Legislature that would force all Counties and Municipalities in the state to adopt Forest Stewardship Plans (FSP’s) for publicly owned and managed woodlands covering 25 or more acres. FSP’s, as the draft resolution explains, are essentially a plan for mandating logging and controlled burns meant to prevent forest fires. Read More
Britnee TimberlakeEssex County, NJMontclairThomas GiblinGreen AcresEnvironmentNia Gill
Daycare a Key Piece of American Families Plan
Ann Pompelio
Published: 05/28/2021
Daycare offers no student loans, grants or scholarships. Either a family pays for daycare, or a parent stays home. A parent who stays home not only loses income, but receives less in Social Security later, because what you get depends on how much you’ve paid in. The parent who stayed home will likely never make up the lost income. We could help young families by making public school available at age three. Read More
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NJ – Land of Grifts and Drifts
John Willard
Published: 05/21/2021
Murphy’s commission nominees are committed to preserving the Pinelands, and not crisscrossing it with gas pipelines, as the current legacy Christie commissioners are managing to do. Let’s get the nominees approved so we can protect our natural gift. And let’s abolish the grift of “senatorial courtesy.” I see the harm it does. I don’t see the good. Read More
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We Must Not Balance Budgets with Blood Money
Laura Morowitz
Published: 05/18/2021
Rather than releasing these innocent people to await their fair hearings, other facilities and counties in other places are already rubbing their hands with glee, imagining how they too might profit on the backs of these people, eager to earn a little more blood money by receiving these new prisoners. Read More
Essex County, NJICEImmigration
Criminalizing Migrants Is Cruel and Ineffective
Maria Eva Dorigo
Published: 05/08/2021
Although family separation policy is not in effect anymore we incarcerate parents and force kids to fend for themselves or place them in foster care. We criminalize people who flee their countries. Countries they did not choose to be born in. NJ should stop profiting with the suffering of human beings. Read More
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Looking for the root causes of migration
Maria Eva Dorigo
Published: 04/23/2021
Therefore, the US first has to acknowledge this and apologize to the people of those countries. Then, it has to repair the damage, which is not easy because the democracies of those countries are weak and politicians corrupt. Read More
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Get the police out of traffic enforcement
Matt Dragon @matt_dragon
Published: 04/21/2021
Traffic stops are overwhelmingly safe for police officers — they are more likely to be struck by lightning than killed during a traffic stop. So why is there so much violence by officers during traffic stops? Systemic, racist disparities make it so Black motorists are stopped more often. Black people are also more likely to be shot and killed by police. The two taken together create a substantial risk for our Black neighbors. Read More
Black Lives MatterCriminal Justice ReformDefund the PolicePolicing
We need jobs. We need energy. We need our planet to survive.
Diane Simmons
Published: 04/21/2021
In a report released last week, the UMW admits that many in the industry have “looked the other way” when it came to facing the inevitable fact that coal — which contributes massively to climate change — is on the way out. Read More
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The Desperate Decision to Send Your Child Away — Alone — Hoping for a Better Life
Ann Pompelio
Published: 04/16/2021
All those parents anticipated they would never see their children again, but their children would be alive, something not guaranteed if they’d stayed put. I don’t know that desperation. Read More
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We Must Support Bills Forbidding ICE Contracts
Jim Price
Published: 04/01/2021
Since 2008, Essex has imprisoned immigrants for ICE; this year the contract will be worth approximately $40 million. These people are all being held in civil detention which means that they have not been charged with any crime. Read More
Essex County, NJICEImmigrationRobert MenendezNia Gill
Close Edna Mahan Correctional Facility
Maria Eva Dorigo
Published: 03/28/2021
In general, incarcerated women were girls who suffered trauma or were institutionalized before being sent to prison. We failed them before. Let's not fail them again. Read More
Criminal Justice ReformJail ReformPhil MurphyGurbir GrewalEdna Mahan Correctional Facility
Horizon restructuring needs slow, transparent analysis
Matt Dragon @matt_dragon
Published: 12/13/2020
Despite self-reported assets of over $6 billion as of March 2020, Horizon wants to restructure, allowing them to spin off assets into for profit entities under their existing nonprofit corporate umbrella. Horizon argues this is necessary to remain competitive, that the current structure hurts their ability to make money. Over the last 3 years though, they paid $28 million in bonuses to their CEO and other executives. If Horizon isn’t doing well, how can they afford to reward executives at this level? Read More
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North Jersey Counties Show A Unique Support For ICE
Anthony Lioi
Published: 11/27/2020
While some might see this merely as a bid to gain more federal funding, the decision goes beyond cost-benefit analysis. It is an expression of a bipartisan consensus that detention and deportation of immigrants promote national security. Read More
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Hudson And Essex County Need To Stop Enabling ICE
Maria Eva Dorigo
Published: 11/24/2020
There is no justification for the implementation of cruel policies like incarcerating children and not only separating them from their parents but also losing the information to make their reunification impossible. That is criminal. Let’s embrace humanity and separate us from cruelty. Read More
Bergen County, NJImmigrationICEHudson CountyEssex County, NJ
ICE Detention Should Not Be About County Budgets
Laura Morowitz
Published: 11/20/2020
Such questions reveal the motivations of the Freeholders for what they are: a desire to continue receiving blood money, filling the county coffers with millions, while innocent asylum seekers rot away. Read More
Anthony VainieriHudson CountyBudgetFederal FundingTaxesImmigrationICE
NJ Is Releasing Prisoners Early Due To COVID But They Need Help
Maria Eva Dorigo
Published: 11/16/2020
NJ Department of Correction is releasing early 2,200 people from its prisons to reduce the overcrowding and minimize the risk of contracting COVID. This is excellent news since NJ has the nation’s worst prison death rate from COVID. Read More
COVID-19Jail Reform
We Must All Work To Counter The Hate Encouraged By Political Leaders
Elizabeth Redwine
Published: 10/31/2020
There are many ways for the work that many of us have done against right wing hate to continue, and this is just one example, but I hope that when the dust settles, we remember that there are people locked up in our own county who need people of conscience to volunteer to help. Read More
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Senators Sacco and Sweeney Stand in the Way of Racial Justice
Matt Dragon @matt_dragon
Published: 10/08/2020
Since their inception these bills have been about racial justice. We now have white, connected politicians making it about them. Read More
Criminal Justice ReformNicholas SaccoSteve Sweeney
Dismantle the Racist Electoral College
John Willard
Published: 10/05/2020
This antiquated system ensures that voters in less populous states carry greater “weight” than those in more populous states. For instance, one analysis calculates that voters in Wyoming have three times more clout than the average citizen, while New Jersey is slightly below the average. Read More
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Can Essex County's ICE contract really be helping detainees?
Jim Price
Published: 10/04/2020
The Commissioners should stop pretending that immigrant detention is helping the immigrants. It’s not. The county should also stop collaborating with Trump and ICE. Crossing a border in hope for a better life should not be illegal. No one is illegal on stolen land. Read More
Essex County, NJICEImmigrationJoe DiVincenzoTaxes
Existential Threat to Democracy
Emma Cortese
Published: 09/27/2020
Citizens must mobilize to ensure an overwhelming rejection of this autocratic regime in November with an incontrovertible vote: emphatic repudiation of this explicit threat to the bedrock principle of democracy. Read More
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Police Respond to Calls for Change with Propaganda
Laura Morowitz
Published: 09/19/2020
Instead this kind of blind defense in the face of incontrovertible evidence of the cruelty and misuse of lethal power on the part of some officers, only convinces us that there IS a systematic problem that MUST be covered up at all costs Read More
Black Lives MatterDefund the PoliceCriminal Justice ReformPolicing
Supporting Gov. Murphy's Budget
Matt Dragon @matt_dragon
Published: 09/09/2020
Economists find, time and time again, that the best way out of an economic downturn are the same policies that are always good governance: investing in communities. Read More
TaxesBudgetGovernment ServicesPhil MurphyChris Christie
In the Year of Coronavirus, You Must Be an Active Voter
Laura Morowitz
Published: 08/26/2020
Your part in this election starts TODAY. Protect our democracy. Read More
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In response to “In defense of the police” letter to the editor from August 20, 2020
Maria Eva Dorigo
Published: 08/26/2020
Also, as Angela Davis says: Prisons don’t disappear social problems they disappear human beings.” We need to stop feeding the system. Police departments and police officers have a huge responsibility, they are the “gatekeepers”. Police departments can be part of the solution on the reduction of prison population. Read More
Criminal Justice ReformEducationCivilian Complaint Review BoardEssex County, NJJail ReformMontclairYouth JusticeJail ReformNewark, NJDefund the PolicePolicing
The Trump Administration is Breaking the Law, the Media Must Say It
Lori Heninger
Published: 08/26/2020
I am writing to call on the press to stop covering Mr. Trump’s hate-filled speech because it gets you advertisers. Call out the lies. Call out the crimes. Read More
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White Privilege Has No Place in the Time of Black Lives Matter
Matt Dragon @matt_dragon
Published: 08/17/2020
Maybe start with not replying "All Lives Matter." Don't wave your blue lives matter flag. Instead, think about it for a minute. Imagine a world where police don't save you. Instead there’s a non-zero chance they kill you. It's uncomfortable, I see you. But it's not 9 minutes with a knee on your neck Read More
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We Need Continued Support for Our Working Class and the Unemployed
Jake Ephros
Published: 07/31/2020
Unemployed, underemployed, and overworked New Jerseyans deserve the full support of our government, full stop. How could anyone deny the working class the basic financial support mandated by an unprecedented global health crisis, one which won’t be going away any time soon? Read More
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Public Lands Must Be Used for the Public Good
Kristin Shea
Published: 07/27/2020
This is yet another example of disaster capitalism using the financial crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic to privatize public lands. This opens the door for Liberty National Golf Club to nab the land from the park to build three more holes for the course. Read More
Hudson CountyJersey City, NJBudgetDisaster CapitalismParks
Unmarked Federal Troops Not Welcome in New Jersey
Jim Price
Published: 07/25/2020
We have federal troops in Portland with unmarked uniforms and unmarked cars. Why unmarked? Aren't they proud of their country and the job they’re doing? Read More
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Republicans Puzzle Me
John Willard
Published: 07/25/2020
They characterize protest as inexcusable lawlessness, and forget that the largely peaceful protests, protected by the First Amendment, that have happened recently pale in comparison to the lawlessness of our Founding Fathers, who, when signing the Declaration of Independence, were reminded by Ben Franklin that they all risked being hanged as traitors, because their revolutionary protest was, in fact, breaking the law. Read More
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A Mockery of Celebration
Emma Cortese
Published: 07/17/2020
Instead, in commemoration of Independence Day, he stood at the foot of Mount Rushmore, the smallness of his character reinforced as he used the majestic Black Mountains for a stage to proclaim American heritage won’t be stolen—oblivious to the sad and hypocritical irony of trampled Indigenous American’s sovereignty on that sacred site. Read More
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A Victory for Immigrant Rights in Elizabeth
Katie Singer
Published: 07/16/2020
A money trail leading from Elberon to Kean University – as well as other prominent New Jersey institutions – has already been uncovered. We ask that the media stay on this story, and continue to highlight how Essex County residents, as just one example, profit directly from the imprisonment of immigrant bodies. Read More
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Essex County Freeholder Resolution on Prisoners of ICE Just a First Step
Jim Price
Published: 06/12/2020
The resolution will prove meaningless if the freeholders don’t publicly put pressure on both ICE and County Executive Joe DiVincenzo to comply with the resolution. Comply, as in release them to their families and communities, not transfer them to some other jurisdiction that complains less. And when the pandemic ends, leave them free. Read More
COVID-19Donald TrumpEssex County, NJICEImmigrationJoe DiVincenzo
Support for the Black Live Matters Protest Demands In West Orange
Elizabeth Redwine
Published: 06/09/2020
I am writing to commend the young people of West Orange on the clarity of their demands for the police department and the town administration. I hope that the administration follows through and commits to all of the organizers requests. Read More
West Orange, NJBlack Lives MatterWest Orange, NJ
No More Police Reform Experiments, Defund the Police and Invest In Communities.
Maria Eva Dorigo
Published: 06/05/2020
There is no more time and there are no more lives to spare. Let us not try another wave of police reform that will not work. Divest from punitiveness and invest in services for the community. We know how to take care of each other. Let us start a new era. Read More
Criminal Justice ReformYouth JusticeDefund the PoliceImmigration
US Withdrawal from the WHO
Lori Heninger
Published: 06/01/2020
Viruses are not bound by national borders; the WHO is the existing global body with the reach and authority to track and monitor the health of people all over the world. Their scientists are working on a vaccine to keep us free of COVID-19. Read More
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Freeholders Need To Stop Making Excuses and Collaborating With Trump’s Attacks On Our Immigrant Communities
Whitney Strub
Published: 06/01/2020
So why the reluctance to support a necessary and urgent humanitarian resolution, as COVID-19 continues to endanger the lives of detainees and jail inmates? Here’s one hypothesis: this is what happens to your moral compass when you fund an already-wealthy county through immigrant detention, as Essex, Hudson, and Bergen counties all do. Read More
Brendan GillCOVID-19Essex County, NJICEImmigrationPatricia SeboldRobert MercadoCarlos Pomares
Supporting the Release of Prisoners of ICE
Matt Dragon @matt_dragon
Published: 05/22/2020
After the pandemic, we must refuse to go back. We must commit to helping communities, supporting and funding them sooner rather than over-incarcerating residents later. We need to build community not tear it apart and incarcerate the pieces. Read More
Brendan GillCOVID-19Criminal Justice ReformEssex County, NJICEImmigrationJail Reform
Release Vulnerable Prisoners, Save Lives
Maria Eva Dorigo
Published: 05/19/2020
According to ACLU NJ, New Jersey has the highest rate of prison deaths in the country, more than NY, CT, PA and MA combined. 544 prisoners, 600 correctional officers tested positive and 42 prisoners died. Read More
COVID-19Criminal Justice ReformICEImmigrationJail ReformPhil MurphyBergen County, NJ
We knew it would happen.
Laura Morowitz
Published: 05/03/2020
Last Monday Freeholder President Gill publicly stated that he will introduce a non-binding resolution to release all non-violent detainees. We are watching to see if this happens, and if it passes, or whether the Freeholders continue to abdicate their responsibilities, allowing innocent human beings to die while collecting millions from ICE to hold them against their will. Read More
Brendan GillCOVID-19Essex County, NJImmigrationICEJoe DiVincenzo
Can the "Best Jail" Label Stand Up to Basic Scrutiny?
Jim Price
Published: 05/01/2020
We understand that Joe D cannot release anyone on his own say-so, only ICE has the authority. But there is nothing stopping him or his freeholders from publicly calling on ICE to release the detainees. Read More
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Mitch’s Agenda Costs NJ
John Willard
Published: 05/01/2020
Mitch doesn’t care about New Jersey. He has said, "All 100 senators may have one vote, but they’re not all equal. Kentucky benefits from having one of its own setting the agenda for the country." And New Jersey pays. Read More
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We Need To Push The Freeholders To Improve Conditions at Essex County Jail
Elizabeth Redwine
Published: 04/24/2020
It is our responsibility as residents of Essex County and New Jersey to ensure that the freeholders hear us and improve conditions at the Essex County jail for detainees. Read More
Essex County, NJImmigrationCOVID-19
We Need Negative Testing Numbers From County Jails
Matt Dragon @matt_dragon
Published: 04/10/2020
It's now too late to prevent widespread infection and death in our county jails. But these are our prisoners, your prisoners, my prisoners. We must hold our officials accountable. Read More
Essex County, NJICEImmigrationJail ReformCOVID-19North JerseyCriminal Justice Reform
Will County Exec Joe DiVincenzo's COVID-19 Infection Help Him Hear The Calls To Decarcerate?
Anthony Lioi
Published: 04/03/2020
"For everyone held captive by ICE, the threat of an outbreak of COVID-19 has been terrifying." Read More
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Free The Civil Detainees
Jim Price
Published: 03/15/2020
The county could take one further step towards public safety by temporarily freeing the 800 immigrants that it currently holds in civil detention in the Newark jail. This is civilian, not criminal detention; they are not currently being held under any criminal charges. Read More
ImmigrationICEEssex County, NJ
Re: The Turtle Back Zoo Wants To Get Bigger. These Teens Are Fighting It (Mar 3, 2020), NJ.com
Lori Heninger
Published: 03/12/2020
The Reservation is a respite in one of the most densely crowded areas in the United States. Its trails, picnic grounds, ponds and fields provide a much-needed space for residents to experience and connect with a natural setting. Read More
Hoboken’s threatened layoffs demonstrate the need for Medicare for All
Nate Hutchinson
Published: 03/12/2020
The city of Hoboken is threatening to lay off 79 municipal employees to fix their budget deficit, citing (among other factors) the rising cost of providing these employees with health insurance, which is currently administered by a private (for-profit) third party. At Read More
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Essex Freeholders Must Release Civil ICE Detainees
Whitney Strub
Published: 03/11/2020
With Coronavirus threatening to devastate vulnerable populations in prisons and jails (where ICE detainees are held in Newark, despite being under technically civil detention), it is a moral imperative that Joe D and the freeholders overcome their lucrative complicity in immigrant detention and publicly demand that ICE release its detainees before catastrophe strikes. Read More
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Hobbled Pandemic Preparedness
Emma Cortese
Published: 03/02/2020
There is no question that pandemic preparedness requires government-wide responses. However, in 2018, the Trump administration eliminated the government’s entire established pandemic response chain of command, including the White House management systems. Read More
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Drop The Line From The Ballot
Matt Dragon @matt_dragon
Published: 02/29/2020
Ever notice the “Vote Line A” signs for the Primary Election? Have you ever thought about what those signs really mean? Primaries are already divided by party with no competing sides vying for your vote. When you vote in the Primary on June 2nd, who would benefit from voters “voting the line” in the Primary? Read More
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Freeholders Support Both Animals And People In Cages
Devika Gupta
Published: 02/29/2020
A supposedly progressive Board of Freeholders repeatedly follows the agenda of local politicians who are not accountable to the people who voted for them. Many residents and students have recently protested the zoo expansion, while calls to end the local ICE contracts have been ongoing for many years. Read More
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In Favor Of Restorative Practices At Schools
Maria Eva Dorigo
Published: 02/27/2020
Restorative practice is an excellent alternative to punitive methods, which we need to eradicate from school settings, and when it is well used, is a fantastic tool to solve conflicts and prevent them from ever happening. Read More
EducationRestorative PracticeMontclair
Trump's Tax Cuts Lowered Our Home Values Even As Our Tax Dollars Flow to Red States
Laura Morowitz
Published: 02/17/2020
Thanks to Trump’s tax cuts for the richest Americans, all of us have seen the value of our homes lowered while our taxes go to carrying red states. Read More
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When Does the Moral Cost of the ICE Dollars Exceed the Value Of Our Improved Zoo And Parks?
Kristin Shea
Published: 02/10/2020
As I enjoy these spaces, which are undoubtedly assets to our community I can’t help but think of the immigrant from Honduras who was arrested by, ICE for outstanding traffic warrants, awaiting deportation in the grimmest industrial site in Essex County. Read More
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Turtle Back Zoo Should Be Shrinking Out Of Respect to Animals, Instead Joe D Is Trying To Make it Larger
Jim Price
Published: 02/06/2020
The zoo’s footprint has doubled in the past ten years to 40 acres including McLoone’s Restaurant and a mini-golf course. Read More
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When Will The Turtle Back Zoo Stop Encroaching On The South Mountain Reservation?
Elizabeth Redwine
Published: 01/31/2020
In our current climate crisis and with many students voicing their informed opinion that parading animals in front of a 500 person amphitheater is not the way to educate young people about conservation, residents deserve an answer: when does this stop Read More
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A non-exhaustive list of things more important than impeachment
Nate Hutchinson
Published: 01/24/2020
Fans of impeachment seem to believe that we can return to pre-Trump normalcy, but there is no going back. He will either serve as a wake-up call, creating a mass movement with the power to address the people’s material needs, or he will ring in a long line of racist demagogues as liberals stay home and appeal to the invisible referee. Read More
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Cutting Women Out Of Political Conversations Hurts All Of Us
Matt Dragon @matt_dragon
Published: 01/24/2020
Cutting out women is a classic political strategy, in NJ and elsewhere. But it should not be accepted. Leaving anyone out of the political process cheapens the participants and hurts the outcomes. Read More
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Youth Justice And School Segregation Need Similar Approaches
Matt Dragon @matt_dragon
Published: 01/15/2020
NJ’s segregated schools and inequality in youth justice have the same racist roots. The issues are intertwined. Join me in asking the Governor to listen on both. Read More
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Time for Action on ICE Policies
Devika Gupta
Published: 01/10/2020
New Jersey is known for having progressive policies, but are we known for being fast to action and instigators of national policy change? Read More
ICEImmigration
How The Line Impacts How People Vote
Laura Morowitz
Published: 01/10/2020
Just because a candidate isn’t in column one doesn’t make them less worthy--it just means they haven’t been “anointed” by the big Jersey machine! Read More
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2020 Is Not Only About The Election, It Is Also a Census Year
Rebecca Sheer
Published: 01/10/2020
The good news: Essex County has received $417K from the state for Census outreach. Now, we need to know how the County Executive Office plans to spend it Read More
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Essex Jail Task Force work is just beginning
Matt Dragon @matt_dragon
Published: 12/27/2019
Citizens must push hard for good representatives to be added to the Task Force so that it can work as intended: ensuring fair and equitable conditions for all prisoners, detainees, and staff. Read More
Brendan GillEssex County, NJJoe DiVincenzoICEJail ReformCriminal Justice ReformCivilian Oversight
Allowing undocumented immigrants to drive legally makes everyone on New Jersey roads safe
Kristin Shea
Published: 12/15/2019
Call your representatives and let them know you want them to support drivers licenses for all. Read More
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Support Drivers Licenses For The Undocumented Workers That Surround You Daily
Laura Morowitz
Published: 12/13/2019
Refusing to issue licenses to undocumented residents will not make them magically disappear, or return to the life-threatening countries which they left in the first place. It will only make the roads less safe and offer less opportunity for these individuals to do what they came here for: to work hard to care for their families and lead a life of some dignity. Read More
Drivers Licenses for AllImmigration
Booker's New Stance on Essex County's ICE Contract Misses the Mark
Robert Yuen Latz
Published: 11/29/2019
Nationwide, immigrant detainees are seldom represented, and they have drastically better outcomes when they are. Read More
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Corruption and efforts to silence New Jersey residents are never acceptable
Elizabeth Redwine
Published: 11/29/2019
Corruption and efforts to silence New Jersey residents are never acceptable Read More
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A civilian task force is not justice
Nate Hutchinson
Published: 11/27/2019
A more humane jail is better than a jail in which inmates are sexually assaulted and served rotten food, but this should not be confused with justice. Read More
Essex County, NJICEImmigrationJoe DiVincenzo
We need to destroy their corrupt machines root and branch
Whitney Strub
Published: 11/25/2019
In short, they don’t need to say out loud what Biden so gracelessly said; they embody it in their actions by holding progressives captive to the Democratic Party and its machines, knowing we won’t vote Republican. Read More
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Dems shouldn’t take voters for granted
Bill Beren
JoAnn Katzban
Published: 11/24/2019
We realize that our lone dissents were not sufficient to change the outcome of the election, but hopefully this letter will lead candidates to take heed. Read More
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Essex Exec, Joe D, needs to engage his constituents
Matt Dragon @matt_dragon
Published: 11/16/2019
The Essex County Executive, Joe DiVincenzo, and his Chief of Staff, Phil Alagia, don't seem to be taking the Jail Task Force ordinance, or their responsibilities, seriously. Read More
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Elected Officials Should Listen
Devika Gupta
Published: 11/16/2019
Activists have raised two issues in NJ that demand immediate action from our elected officials. Read More
ICEEssex County, NJDrivers Licenses for AllImmigration
New Jersey needs to follow New York's lead on Drivers Licenses
Anthony Lioi
Published: 11/08/2019
A driver's license law would lower the number of violations and lessen the number of people jailed by ICE. Read More
Drivers Licenses for All
Essex's Immigration problem isn't Trump's fault
Nate Hutchinson
Published: 10/18/2019
Essex County holds nearly 1,000 ICE detainees, but this was not forced on us by Trump; this was the county’s choice. Read More
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Path to Progress is the wrong direction for towns and teachers
Kristin Shea
Published: 10/10/2019
I encourage residents to look into Sweeney’s proposed legislation and decide whether you want to see Trenton decide how schools should be run. Read More
Steve SweeneyVeronaEducationTeachersPath to Progress