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Essex Rising Honored by the West Orange Democratic Committee

The West Orange County Democratic Committee honored the work and community involvement of this group and recognized the values that we insist our representatives uphold. Elizabeth Redwine spoke, making clear that our 1,000+ members appreciate the recognition by the Committee, that we value the service of our elected officials and of the local Democratic Party, and that we insist on pushing forward the progressive values described in our principles.

She spoke about our collective commitment to our values and listed a huge number of programs and events that you all have put on in just the last few months, including your work on issues confronting immigrants, working to form relationships with other progressive groups in Essex County, opposing the Congressman in the 11th District, advocating for fair and welcoming policies/sanctuary city status and policies at various levels of government, supporting our teachers, registering voters, writing letters, speaking with our local officials about issues that matter, and all the rest.

Thank you all so much. What started as a simple walk through the neighborhood to show unity and to strengthen our community in the shadow of last fall’s election continues to grow and evolve. I am so impressed and inspired by your work and your commitment. We are being noticed and we are having an impact. Congratulations, everyone. Keep going!

~Jonathan Redwine

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