East Orange, NJ, April 1, 2017: In response to the disruptive legislation issued from the federal government in the first 90 days of President Donald Trump’s Administration, government officials and community activists in Essex County are partnering to take a united stand and demonstrate their outrage at what they believe is an affront to the civil liberties of historically disenfranchised people, and more specifically, Essex County’s own communities of color — East Orange, Orange, Irvington and Newark.
“Discriminatory immigration policies, destructive environmental and corporate deregulation, and threats to cut affordable housing are just the tip of the iceberg,” said Councilman Mustafa Brent, who spearheaded and organized the rally. “We must come together as a united voice, galvanize our colleagues and our constituents to take action to address harmful legislation that attacks the humanity of marginalized people. You don’t have to be an immigrant, a Muslim, or a member of the LGBTQ community to unite on what we have in common, which is our humanity.”
Councilman Brent will be joined by his fellow East Orange elected officials Council Chair and Third Ward Councilman Ted Green, First Ward Councilman Christopher James, and Essex County Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake, as well as City of Orange Township Council President Donna K. Williams and Larry Hamm, Founder and President of the People’s Organization for Progress.
“ONE UNITED” Rally
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Essex County Hall of Records
465 Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Boulevard, Newark, NJ
The march will begin at the Hall of Records and culminate at the Federal Building at 946 Broad Street.
For more information or to participate, please contact Councilman Brent at firstname.lastname@example.org or Event Outreach Coordinator Lena Ragin at email@example.com.