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Essex Rising stringently condemns all forms of violence and hatred. The incident that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend was a symptom of an underlying white-supremacist scourge that has plagued our country since its founding. Today, we see the appointed President of the United States not only openly endorsing that scourge, but encouraging it. We must not allow forces of hate and evil to divide us.
We call on all of our elected officials to stand up against groups that advocate for the oppression of others. National issues affect the people in our town and we call on our local leaders to stand up for people in our communities who are targeted because of their race and/or national origin. Further, our elected officials must be able to empathize with or at least comprehend targeted and oppressed groups and be willing to speak out and lead on behalf of ALL of their constituents.
Essex Rising represented at the Medicare-For-All Rally on June 4th. Essex Rising and Our Revolution – Bergen County – Bergen County staged a Die-In that coordinated with national Die-Ins all over the US: Dying for Care – National Die In. According to attendee Lisa Brittan there were “great speakers, including three candidates for NJ Governor who all support Healthcare as a Human Right, Improved Medicare for all ( John Wisniewski, Kaper-Dale For Governor, Mark Zinna and activist orator Larry Hamm, and Margaret Flowers MD from Health Over Profit for Everyone – HOPE).”
For information on four of the Democratic candidates check out this very useful chart created by Essex Rising: Let_s Talk About the Candidates (1)!