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Thank You! – Statement from the Grewal Family of Hardwick, NJ

The following is a statement to supporters of the Grewal Family, who signed up at the Hardwick Township Unity Rally on November 15th, which was held in response to the cross burning incident on their lawn on November 6th.

The cross was wrapped in a bed sheet that their daughter had made to celebrate Barack Obama’s victory earlier that week.

Arianna, Alina and Gary would like to thank you for participating in the Hardwick ?Unity March,? physically or in spirit.   Thanks for caring!!!  The ?Yes we care chant? still rings in our ears.  Your support by being here goes a long way in restoring our faith and belief in our community and our wonderful country.

The rally was a powerful message, especially to Arianna, that we are not alone as she starts to live her normal life again.

The hundreds of people who were here sent a very strong signal that such bias and racist crimes are not accepted in the world we live in now.  We are all Americans and as Americans we are free to choose our beliefs, our values, our religion, where we live and whom we vote for.  No citizen has the right to dictate to others how they should live. If these cowards thought we were going to roll over and play dead they had another thing coming.  They WILL catch them and bring them to justice.

Again, thank you for your sincere support and have a wonderful holiday season!!

The Grewals

The link below is a moving video of the Hardwick Unity March put together beautifully by Robert Daniel II, LEPOCO Peace Center


“We are choosing hope over fear. We’re choosing unity over division, and sending a powerful message that change is coming to America” OBAMA Jan.2008


Links to previous Bluejersey diaries over the fold.

Cross Burnt in Hardwick: Community Sings

Unity March in Hardwick, New Jersey

In defiance of a cowardly act of ignorance and intimidation a community comes together to march for peace and form a circle of hope.


On the evening of the 2008 U.S. Presidential elections, an eight-year-old girl created a banner which read “President Obama – Victory ’08!” With a little help from her parents the banner was hung in their front yard. The next night the banner was stolen. Later it was returned, wrapped around a cross and on fire. On Saturday November 15th, a march and rally, organized by a group of concerned citizens and supported by the Warren/Sussex County branch of the NAACP, took place.

Speakers included Elaine Koplow, Gary Grewal, Kevin Duffy, Talia Young, and Melvin Warren.

The song “Heal the World With Me” was written by Andy Rajeckas and sung by Gwynne Michaels.

Watch the Video Over the Jump

New Jersey cast final votes in DNC roll call

New Jersey may not yet have a speaker at this year’s Democratic National Convention, but during last night’s vote, the Garden State took center stage. The state cast the last recorded votes of the roll call, before New Mexico yielded to Illinois, which yielded to New York, whose home state Senator and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton moved to end the roll call and declare Barack Obama the Democratic nominee by acclamation.

The stage for yesterday evening’s outstanding piece of political theater was set that morning, when New Jersey’s delegation voted to unanimously support Barack Obama for president of the United States. Yesterday morning, New Jersey’s pledged and unpledged Clinton delegates offered the strongest gesture of unity possible.

After Wednesday’s delegation breakfast, I asked Congressman Rush Holt about the unanimous vote. He answered:

It’s nationally important that New Jersey, one of the strongest bastions of support for Hillary Clinton…would go so enthusiastically—not just unanimously, but enthusiastically unanimously for Barack Obama.

Here is Corzine, casting New Jersey’s vote:

And a transcript of the Governor’s remarks:

Madame secretary, as the proud governor of a great great state, the Garden State, New Jersey, home of the Super Bowl Champion Giants, the Boss anbd Bon Jovi, where the sun rises on our shores and sets over our green mountains in the west, where our people are industrious, entrepreneurial, and every once in a while have an attitude, we, we, the democrats in one of the most trailblazing, progressive states in the nation, providing healthcare, paid family leave, and making sure every child has a quality education, we proudly, we prouldy and unanimously, unanimously I repeat, vote for the next president of the united states, a person who will lead us to the change this country needs, who will inspire america with hope and promise, a leader who will inspire america with hope and promise, we unanimously cast our 127 votes for Barack Obama.

Unity Day at the DNC

Mark Warner may be giving tonight’s keynote address, but all eyes and ears will be focused on Hillary Clinton, who will address the convention last. I have not seen the speech yet, but I would expect Senator Clinton to spend a great deal of time hitting McCain, who is trying to win over her supporters with ads like “Passed Over.” Hillary weighed in on Senator McCain’s new ad earlier this week:

Unity, Unity, Unity

More than two months after Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama buried the hatchet in Unity, New Hampshire, the press still throws around that five-letter word just as much as they did back on June 3. After the delegation breakfast, Governor Corzine held a short press availability, and the media spent nearly the entire time asking him questions about party unity. When a reporter asked Corzine what he thought of the recent CNN poll which found that fewer than half of Clinton supporters were “strongly supporting” Obama, Corzine replied: “That’s why we have conventions”.

“That’s why we have conventions”

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama buried the hatchet in Unity, New Hampshire more than two months ago, but that five-letter word is still the big story at the Democratic National Convention here in Denver. After the Delegation Breakfast, Governor Corzine held a press availability outside the Inverness hotel. A former Clinton supporter who is now fully behind Obama, Corzine fielded several questions from several reporters about unity in the Democratic party. When one reporter asked the Governor if he was worried about a recent CNN poll which found that less than half of Clinton supporters were “strongly supporting” Obama, Corzine replied: “That’s why we have conventions.”

Yes, Let’s Celbrate: Then Prepare For A Righteous Struggle…

Yesterday’s NJ SC decision is clearly a partial victory.  The joyful celebration that is ongoing is 100% appropriate! 

The right will certainly try to exploit the movement/legislation toward single sex marriage as a wedge issue; but that strategy also works the other way! 

We too can/must take the “offfense”; but from a creative, rather than destructive, perspective.

Here’s how (and why)…