We are facing a period of unprecedented uncertainty because of the November election. It is imperative we become more educated, inspired, and involved in response to the atmosphere of hate and divisiveness that has engulfed our community.
Be an important participant in the launching of the Central Jersey Community Coalition, a new group that is sponsoring this event, giving participants the opportunity to come together in solidarity with other social justice teach-ins and protests planned around the country on Jan. 21. Community members, grassroots organizers, interfaith groups, activists, and educators will learn about pressing local social justice issues and how to take action at the local, state, and national level.
Participants will learn:
* How to get involved with various local social justice groups
* How xenophobia, Islamophobia, racism, sexism, and homophobia impact the local community
* How to take action at the local, state, and national level
* How to help de-escalate a confrontation
Participants will begin the event from 2-3pm by visiting tables related to social justice organizations or specific actions, and they will walk away with information about specific opportunities for local involvement and social action.
Then, from 3-5pm, speakers will include Ali Chaudry (Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, the NJ Interfaith Coalition, and the Pledge to Stand Up for the Other), Attorney Joyce Phipps (Casa Esperanza), Tulsi Maharjan (Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition), Azra Baig (South Brunswick Board of Ed), Attorney Aldo Martinez, George Helmy (Sen. Booker’s office), and more. The Meta Theatre Company (a social justice theatre company located in Hunterdon County) will also perform an interactive piece with the audience on bystander intervention and de-escalation techniques when witnessing oppression in private and public conversations.
Additional organizations that are involved include: the Hunterdon County Anti-Racism Coalition, RESULTS, Safe and Sound, Citizens Climate Lobby, the Giving Network, and the Immigrant Defense Network of RVCC.
The Central Jersey Community Coalition is an emerging local grassroots social action network whose mission is to educate, advocate, inspire, and act.
The event will conclude with a candle-lit vigil at 5:30pm and a pot-luck dinner at 6pm.
123 East Cliff Street
Somerville, NJ 08876-2400