Essex Rising

Women’s March

Essex Rising was a proud sponsor of the 2018 Women’s March held in Morristown NJ. Many of our members were in attendance!

Join Essex Rising for the Women’s March in Morristown on 1/20/18

Ride on the Justice Train from South Orange to Morristown for the NJ Women’s March on Jan. 20th with your neighbors and friends in Essex Rising and beyond – we are joining SOMA Action for a fun train ride!

The train leaves for Morristown at 9:48 and we are meeting at 9:20 to park and rally with SOMA Action! The return train leaves at 1:23 and arrives back in SO at 1:57; the march goes from 11-1 and is .5 miles from the train station.

Wear your pink and purple pussy hats and bring the whole family! When democracy is under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back! Sign up for march here- and see sign up genius for train below:

Essex Rising’s Elizabeth Redwine Receives WO HRC Freedom Award

The West Orange Human Relations Commission (HRC) honored 7 recipients with the annual Freedom Award, including one of Essex Rising’s founders, Elizabeth Redwine. Elizabeth has been working tirelessly in her community since the 2016 elections and was gracious and motivating during her acceptance speech.


Other honorees at the MLK Day Celebration in West Orange included Janice Johnson Dias, Eric and Monique Pryor, Lou Mignone., Lieut. Charlie Bryant and Sgt. George Lopez.

Essex Rising Candlelight Vigil for Charlottesville

In quick response to the events in Charlottesville, Essex Rising released a statement and pulled together a community candlelight vigil to show support for all those who fight against racism and bigotry.

The vivil began at the West Orange, NJ Community House and ended at Town Hall where speakers  included UU Ministers Emily Boggis and Anya Sammler-Michael, Rabbi Weitzmann from B’nai Keshet, Pastor Adams from Joy Church,Cantor Rebecca Moses and Dr. Akil Khalfani as well as Essex Rising leaders Elizabeth Redwine, Khabirah Khaabirah and Cindy Matute-Brown.



Essex Rising Unity Cookout

Essex Rising, the Islamic Center of Passaic County, and Black Lives Matter Newark held a Unity Cookout on Sunday, August 20th. The event was attended by approximately 50 people including members of Wind of the Spirit, West Orange African American Heritage, West Orange Hispanic Association.

Essex Rising: Response to Charlottesville

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.

Defend the rights of all residents of West Orange, NJ

Sign the Petition!

West Orange is a vibrant, diverse community and for over two hundred years we have welcomed migrants from all over the world. In the face of punitive federal immigration enforcement policies, which create a dragnet that threatens to sweep up people who seem different and tear families apart, we urge the adoption of strong policies to ensure that agents and employees of the town of West Orange:

  • will NOT use township resources to enforce federal immigration law;
  • will treat all individuals fairly and without discrimination based on actual or perceived immigration status;
  • will protect the personal, confidential information of all West Orange residents by not maintaining sensitive information and not sharing information with federal immigration authorities;
  • will adopt protocols for U-Visa certification so that undocumented victims of crime who have been helpful to local law enforcement may apply for protection under the immigration laws.

We must seek to protect and defend the rights of all the hardworking residents of our town—we are all neighbors, we are colleagues, and we are fellow parents in our schools. We want all West Orange residents to feel they can participate without fear in the civic life of our community.

No mandate exists that West Orange do the federal government’s work in the arena of immigration enforcement. As taxpayers, we want our township resources to be used to protect and strengthen our community, not to destabilize and damage it by contributing to detention and deportation.

As residents concerned with public safety for all residents, we want a clear separation of immigration enforcement from municipal services so that all residents, including undocumented immigrants, can feel comfortable reporting crimes, serving as witnesses and using emergency services.

It is essential that our community unite in continuing and strengthening fair and welcoming policies for all West Orange residents.


West Orange es una comunidad vibrante y diversa y desde hace más de doscientos años hemos dado bienvenido a migrantes de todo el mundo. Frente a las políticas punitivas y duras de la inmigración federal que amenazan hacerles daño a las personas que parecen diferentes y desgarrar a las familias, queremos que hayan políticas fuertes para garantizar que los agentes y empleados del municipio de West Orange:

  • NO utilizarán los recursos del municipio para hacer cumplir la ley federal de inmigración;
  • tratarán a todos los individuos de manera justa y sin discriminación basada en el estatus migratorio real o percibido;
  • protegerán la información personal y confidencial de todos los residentes de West Orange al no mantener información confidencial y no compartir información con las autoridades federales de inmigración;
  • adoptarán protocolos para la certificación de la visa U para que las víctimas indocumentadas del crimen que han ayudado a la policía local pueden solicitar protección bajo las leyes de inmigración.

Debemos proteger y defender los derechos de todos los residentes de nuestro municipio: todos somos vecinos, somos colegas y somos padres de familia en nuestras escuelas. Queremos que todos los residentes de West Orange sientan que pueden participar sin temor en la vida cívica de nuestra comunidad.

No existe mandato ninguno de que West Orange haga el trabajo del gobierno federal en la esfera de la aplicación de la ley de inmigración. Como los que pagamos impuestos en este municipio, queremos que nuestros recursos municipales se utilicen para proteger y fortalecer a nuestra comunidad, no para desestabilizarla y dañarla contribuyendo a la detención y deportación.

Como residentes preocupados por la seguridad pública de todos los residentes, queremos una separación clara de la aplicación de leyes de inmigración de los servicios municipales, para que todos los residentes, incluyendo a inmigrantes indocumentados, puedan sentirse cómodos denunciando crímenes, sirviendo como testigos y usando servicios de emergencia.

Es esencial que nuestra comunidad se una para continuar y fortalecer políticas justas y de bienvenida para todos los residentes de West Orange.