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Photos: #NJEdMarch27 Rally for Public Education at the Statehouse

Here are the first photos I have from #NJEdMarch27, the statewide rally for public education, going on right now at the Statehouse in Trenton. I’ll be updating:

Newark is here, big-time – 5 buses of Newark students, parents and community members outraged at the insulting treatment of the city’s students, teachers and community of Gov. Christie’s appointed superintendent Cami Anderson, and her poorly-conceived ‘One Newark’ school plan. Included are a delegation from Newark Students Union, and their teachers and school board. Student teachers are there. Rutgers is there. Also from Newark, Councilman and mayoral candidate (and Central HS principal, on leave) Ras Baraka. South Jersey parents and teachers, Highland Park, Hunterdon, Camden, Trenton and more. Bonnie Watson Coleman is there, and so is Tom Giblin.

Photos by: @NewarkStudents, @mariecorfield, @BlackWomanTeach, @rcabanas27, @NwkParentsUnion, @dangold, @AFTNJ, @NJEA. Thanks to all.

100 Years Ago – Woman Suffrage Procession of 1913

Monday is the 100th Anniversary of a march in Washington for the rights of women to vote. Imagine it. Thousands of women (and a contingent of supporting men) in the streets in 1913 was a very challenging affair for some people. Women were not expected to display organizing muscle, and it was not welcome. And they were attacked – tripped, shoved, jeered at – by men in town for the presidential inauguration the next day.

Why is this a post at Blue Jersey? Because the key players are a couple of New Jerseyans; the fearless organizer Alice Paul, and the incoming president who was affronted by her “unladylike” tactics, Woodrow Wilson. Also figuring in the story, Princeton and even Helen Keller.

From the Library of Congress, by Sheridan Harvey, for the Library’s Women’s History Resource Guide. One hundred years ago:

On Monday, March 3, 1913, lawyer Inez Milholland Boissevain, clad in a white cape and riding a white horse, led the great women’s suffrage parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation’s capital. Behind her stretched a long procession, including nine bands, four mounted brigades, three heralds, more than 20 floats and more than 5,000 marchers. Women from countries that had enfranchised women held the place of honor in the first section of the procession. Then came the “pioneers” who had struggled for so many decades to secure women’s right to vote. The next sections celebrated working women, who were grouped by occupation and wore appropriate garb — nurses in uniform, woman farmers, homemakers, woman doctors and pharmacists, actresses, librarians — Harriet Hifton of the Library of Congress’s Copyright Division led the librarians’ contingent — and college women in academic gowns. Next came the state delegations and, finally, the separate section for male supporters of woman suffrage. According to the official program of the suffrage procession, all had come from around the country “to march in a spirit of protest against the present political organization of society, from which women are excluded.”

Christie’s record on job creation, a continued failure

The lie that private business not government creates jobs, can easily be proven wrong by New Jersey’s numbers. Christie’s policy of tax-cuts for the wealthy, the job creator’s, has produced a stagnant NJ economy! 9% unemployment a number nobody seems to be saying too much about. The national number continues to creep down, 8.2%,  getting the President blasted! Where is the outrage over 9% in New Jersey? Do we all still love Governor Hamburger? He seems to be getting a pass.

One Nation March – Who’s going (and where’s the bus?)

I’m trying to figure out whether I want to go down to Washington, D.C. for this Saturday’s One Nation March. It’s just 5 days away, I’m a little marched out, and I’ve got local races heading into crunch time.

But I’m tempted to go since an old Washington Post article popped up in my google this morning. It suggests the massive coalition that began planning One Nation months ago were just imitating the impact of the Tea Party. Whoa, serious contextFAIL. The Tea Party’s impact is already seriously over-reported, though I don’t believe it’s insignificant. But the Republicans themselves haven’t even come to grips with their internal righty challenge, and I’m not sure how I feel about them myself. But, please. Marches on Washington are by definition not copycat replications of anything on the right. And if you think so, some of the 300 groups merging towards D.C. want to have a word with you. We’ll let the union guys talk first.

Or maybe these foks – 6 California activists in the mother of all road trips, blogging their way across the country in an RV they call the blogmobile.

For those of you going, there are still free buses available to take you, most courtesy organized labor. Catch the bus info here. If you go, we’d be interested in seeing your pictures and hearing about your adventures. I-95 is going to be a party road in less than 5 days.  

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

Blue Jerseyan’s in NYC?

If you haven’t heard of the big peace and justice march next weekend in NYC, welcome back to the planet.

Too much is too wrong in this country. We have a foreign policy that is foreign to our core values, and domestic policies wreaking havoc at home. The times are urgent and we must act!

  –March for Peace Justice and Democray website
The big march is next Saturday, April 29 in downtown Manhattan and I am wondering which of my blue jersey compadres will be there marchin’ to the beat of their conscience?  I’ll be amongst the masses, too.  I’ll be the one in Guantanamo drag, so I’ll be easy to find.
Who else is going?
and do we wanna assemble.
( i’d like to)
If you’re going leave a comment!