In 1923, Alice Paul, a leader of the women’s suffrage movement from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, introduced the Equal Rights Amendment in Seneca Falls, New York, the site of the first women’s rights convention in 1848. The proposed amendment would guarantee that the rights affirmed by the United States Constitution are held equally by all citizens without regard to their sex, and it was introduced to Congress that year and reintroduced in every subsequent session for half a century.
As we continue to build the capacity of our organization to serve and support volunteers and organizations across the Garden State, we wanted to take a moment to look back on 2019 (and forward to 2020) with respect to some of the major events for this organization, and for the New Jersey activist community as a whole.
At the meeting Mayor Baraka encouraged Newark residents not to listen to “scare tactics,” and emphasized that the city’s water is not the issue. He called for 1,000 volunteers to take action to canvass neighborhoods and collect signatures to initiate what may become the largest public works project in a lifetime. He said the administration is working to ensure that Newark residents are contracted to replace the pipes, and that with our help, the process will only take two years to complete.
Crashing the Party
A New Generation of Progressive Democrats Stake Their Claim to the County Committee
Finding allies and opportunities for the growth of a progressive contingent on the committee, the Hudson County Progressive Alliance joined forces with local congressional advocacy group NJ-08 for Progress in 2019 to recruit, train and support a fresh batch of progressive candidates to re-shape the party committee for the politics of the 21st Century – pro-active, inclusive and action-oriented.
There is no more difficult district in which to mount a primary challenge to the hand-picked cronies of a notorious New Jersey party boss. As such, there is no better place for Force the Issue NJ to focus on for the first installment of a new series we are calling Run Against the Machine.
Our first contestants …err… candidates are dedicated Hudson County activists Roger Quesada and Mahmoud Mahmoud. Joining forces under the banner of PTA – People. Transparency. Action – Quesada and Mahmoud are running an energetic and passionate insurgent progressive campaign to win the Democratic Primary on June 4th.