Essex Rising


A Community Responds to Insurrection!

About this event

In a response to the events of January 6th, the West Orange Youth Caucus, the West Orange Young Democrats, Essex Rising, and Our Revolution Essex County are hosting a digital event on January 16th at 7pm, entitled “IMPEACH HATE” with the goal of refuting the events witnessed that day. We all watched our government representatives narrowly escape the wrath of a seditious mob, brandishing weapons and emblazoned with symbols of violence, hatred, racism, and antisemitism. We demand those who breached the Capitol and those in our security apparatus who turned a blind eye, stepped aside, delayed the response, or actively facilitated this insurrection must be held accountable. It is time to acknowledge the hypocrisy of police response. We demand Trump is impeached, that all who participated in seditious acts of undermining the election process be censured and expelled including Cruz, Hawley, and Jersey’s own Jeff Van Drew. We will be joined by local leaders to discuss how we move forward and more information and discussion on the insurrection we witnessed at the Capitol last week!


Essex Rising Co-Signs New Jersey Group Letter to US and State elected officials in response to January 6th insurrection.

Calling on Senator Booker, Senator Menendez, all New Jersey House Representatives, Governor Murphy, New Jersey Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin to meet our demands in response to the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.

January 9, 2021

On January 6, 2021, rioters attempted an anti-democratic insurrection at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., incited by the President of the United States and certain Members of Congress. We, a coalition of New Jersey non-profit and grassroots organizations, call upon you to issue a strong public response to this appalling event.
The President of the United States betrayed his oath to uphold the Constitution. He attempted to disrupt the certification of a free and fair election, encouraged acts of domestic terrorism, and impeded attempts to send in reinforcements, thereby putting our nation’s leaders in danger. He must face the most severe and swift consequences. All those who planned, enabled, or participated in these seditious acts must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

We respectfully ask you to take immediate action on our following demands:

1. Call for governmental censure of President Trump for his role in inciting the insurrection.
2. Demand the immediate removal of President Trump through the 25th Amendment or impeachment.
3. Publicly condemn the white privilege afforded by law enforcement to January 6 perpetrators, and call out the stark difference in how police prepared for and treated the white supremacist insurrectionists versus peaceful protestors of color.
4. Insist on a thorough joint-agency investigation into the failure to secure the Capitol Building, both in advance and in the midst of the insurrection, through appropriate coordination with federal and municipal law enforcement and the National Guard.
5. Demand that the Department of Justice prosecute all those who incited or were complicit in the insurrection, including President Trump and Members of Congress, to the fullest extent of the law.

New Jerseyans need to hear loud and clear that the events of January 6 are reprehensible, and do not represent the values America stands for. While this was indeed a dark day for our country, American democracy is strong. We look to you as our elected official to use your power and influence to amplify this message. We consider it necessary to uphold your oath to defend us “against all enemies, foreign and domestic” by acting on the above demands.

We collectively thank you for your dedication and your service to our country.

Members write to your representatives and demand continued action against these seditious acts.


Local Election Endorsements


Essex Rising endorses independent candidates for our Town Council. They have impressive records in finance and management. They all focused on easing our tax burden through smart development and planning. They support the principles of Essex Rising. One of our principles for local government is accountability, meaning these candidates all believe in LISTENING to the community to represent it. Most importantly, these candidates are independent, critical thinkers who will do the Town Councillor’s work of making sure that our local government is working in the interest of all people who live here. We do not need more rubber stampers on our Council. 

MONICA PERKOWSKI’s career experience in management, including public relations and budget oversight, taught her the value of listening, collaborating, and negotiating. Monica grew up in West Orange, the daughter of a Teamster, and her parents still live in their West Orange home. Having witnessed the shortfalls of our current Town Hall, Monica supports term limits and wants a permanent Town Planner to help guide strategic and environmentally sound development, reduce our tax burden, and help people age in place. Monica is actively engaged in several community organizations. 

BILL RUTHERFORD will use his financial experience to ease our tax burden through strategic decision making. He embraces Essex Rising principles, and comes from a long line of activism and community and public service. As pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, he leads “a community-focused ministry that serves thousands of people throughout Essex County,” and supports a woman’s right to choose, LGBQT rights, and the reform of marijuana laws. Raised in the Oranges, Bill and his family have lived in West Orange for 18 years, and forged strong community relationships in the area. 


For the West Orange Board of Education, Essex Rising endorses MELINDA C. HUERTA. Melinda also grew up in West Orange. She went through our West Orange school system as a Latinx student, and now is a mother of young children in our system, so she brings to bear a wealth of experience and the perspectives of an underrepresented demographic that will improve our BOE. She is eager to use her experience to help us improve our school system so that it is more inclusive, representative, and sensitive to discrimination and prejudice, particularly by enabling the voices of minority parents, while promoting fiscally responsible decisions and creative policies for the betterment of our community at large.

Federal Election Endorsements

Essex Rising again endorses MIKIE SHERRILL for U.S. Congress in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District. She is facing a well-funded Republican challenger this year, and the odious Tucker Carlson has started bashing Mikie from his bully pulpit. Visit her page to see how else you can help her win again. Our allies at NJ11ForChange have many helpful election resources for CD11 (and beyond) on their Facebook page.  

Looking for other ways to take back our government from grifters and special interests?  Seizing control of the Senate is vital.
Support John Hickenlooper to beat Gardner (CO),
Support West Orange’s own Mark Kelly to beat McSally (AZ),
Support Steve Bullock to beat Daines (MT),
Support Cal Cunningham to beat Tillis (NC),
Support Jon Ossoff to beat Perdue (GA),
Support Sara Gideon to beat Collins (ME),
Support Theresa Greenfield to beat Ernst (IA),
Support Amy McGrath to beat Mitch McConnell (KY),
Support Jaime Harrison to beat Lindsay Graham (AL). 

All of these great candidates have links to donate or to get involved by phone banking or writing letters or postcards on their behalf. 

We have an epic battle on our hands to defeat Trump. There is a lot we can do from Essex County to help deliver victory for Joe Biden in swing states and to win key Senate races. Here are some great ways to get involved:

SwingLeft and VoteFwd have teamed up to send handwritten letters to strategically selected target groups; their test results show a high probability of effectively turning out a vote against Trump and winning vital Senate seats. sends “friendly, handwritten reminders from volunteers to targeted voters, giving Democrats a winning edge in close, key races coast to coast.