Free Press community empowerment event in Hackensack Wed June 7 – all welcome!

FreePress - freedomWhat: Our Voices, Our Future: What Residents and Civic Leaders Want in Local Media
When: Wed., June 7th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
Where: Johnson Public Library, 274 Main St, Hackensack NJ

Here’s what you can expect at the event: Free Press members, residents, journalists, and community leaders will be gathering to share ideas on how local media can better serve the public. You’ll get a chance to meet others like you, take action to address New Jersey’s local news crisis, and brainstorm about the steps we can take together to improve coverage in your community. read more

NPL hosts event for launch of book on outstanding women in Puerto Rican history on June 29

PR Women History Forgot
Source: Markus Wiener Publishers – book cover
The New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center @ The Newark Public Library and the Friends of HRIC are co-hosting the launch of the new book, Nationalists Heroines: Puerto Rican Women History Forgot 1930s-1950s, by Dr. Olga Jiménez de Wagenheim, Professor Emerita in History, Rutgers University. The public is welcome at this event.

A book signing and reception will follow the talk and reading.

Book Release Event for Nationalists Heroines:
Puerto Rican Women History Forgot, 1930s-1950s
Wednesday 29 June | 6 PM
@ The Newark Public Library
Centennial Hall
5 Washington Street, Newark, NJ
973-733-3637 or 973-733-7772 read more

This year’s NJ Urban Mayor’s Conf on 5/5 features Urban Ag – public is invited to attend, free

Urban Ag Mayor's Conf bannerThe NJ Urban Mayors Association (NJUMA) will convene the 2016 Urban Agriculture as an Economic Development Tool Conference in Trenton, NJ this coming Thursday on May 5. The event is open to the public and is free, but we ask that you register.

Municipalities and partners across the state will be introduced to the economic possibilities that exist through urban agriculture. Participants will gather and demonstrate their commitment to the shared goals of creating jobs, growing our economy and improving our quality of life. read more

Sen Bob Menendez Hosts Empowerment Summit in Trenton on April 22 – Free

Sen Bob Menendez Empowerment SummitU.S. Senator Bob Menendez Hosts an Empowerment Summit for the Community

Friday 22 April 2016
9:00am-1:30pm
Trenton War Memorial
1 Memorial Drive
Trenton, NJ 08608

Cost: Free
Lunch will be served
RSVP here

Visit the summit event page for additional information

Purim Megillah readings in North Jersey 2016

Purim sameach! Book of Esther Megillah readings for Northern New Jersey, Purim 2016:

Megillah scroll
Source: The Washington Megillah (Megillat Esther, The Book of Esther), Scroll on Parchment, Illuminated, Italy eighteenth century Hebraic Section. Library of Congress Photo

Megillah Readings Wednesday night 23 March 2016

7:20pm Arzei Darom, Teaneck
7:40pm Anshei Lubavitch, Fair Lawn
7:40pm Teaneck Jewish Center – Pressburger Regular Megillah Reading
7:40pm Teaneck Jewish Center – Library Quiet Megillah Reading
7:50pm Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn
8:00pm Zichron Mordechai
8:00pm Zichron Mordechai
8:15pm Teaneck Women’s Tefillah Email
9:00pm Arzei Darom, Teaneck
9:15pm Darchei Noam, Fair Lawn
9:30pm Keter Torah, Teaneck
Bnai Yeshurun
9:45pm Beth Aaron, Teaneck
9:45pm Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn
10:00pm Anshei Lubavitch, Fair Lawn

Megillah Readings Thursday, 24 March 2016

5:55am Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn
6:40am Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn
7:30am Teaneck Jewish Center
8:10am Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn
8:30am Anshei Lubavitch, Fair Lawn
9:25am Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn
9:45am Paterson Federation Building (and special event*) Contact JerrySchranz@gmail.com
11:00am Teaneck Jewish Center – Women’s Reading in Stein Contact Judi Resnick
2:00pm Anshei Lubavitch, Fair Lawn

Shuls/Reading Locations

  • Paterson Shul at Federation Apartments, Basement: 510 E 27 St, Paterson, New Jersey
  • Teaneck Women’s Tefillah: 595 Wyndham Road, Teaneck.

    More Megillah readings and special Purim events

    • Chabad Megillah Readings list
    • Paterson Federation Building Megillah Reading and Light Breakfast
      Learn more about the last of the Jews of Paterson and enjoy a light breakfast/seudah with these seniors, so come with costume, come with ruach! Parking is available on the street and just across the street at Rosa Parks School (former Yavneh Academy)
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    Meet with journalists in a free forum and get help telling YOUR story about life in Atlantic City

    NJ News Voices in ACFree Press wants to help Atlantic City community members tell your stories to the press:

    We’ve heard what outsiders have to say about Atlantic City. Now it’s your turn. Meet with journalists in a community forum and tell YOUR story about life in Atlantic City.

    My Atlantic City – What’s Your AC Story?
    Tues 08 Dec 2015 | 6–8:30 pm
    (light refreshments will be served)
    Noyes Arts Garage at Stockton University
    200 Fairmount Ave
    Atlantic City NJ
    RSVP today

    We hear from Creative New Jersey that some stories may get into a PBS documentary and that free training on media platforms will be offered to all participants. read more

    Women Entrepreneurs Rock event at legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park on Mon 10/19

    womenentrepreneursrock bannerTo facilitate a real dialog about topics important to women in business, the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Brookdale Community College will hold its second annual “Women Entrepreneurs Rock” (aka WeRock) at a legendary music venue in Asbury Park on Monday, October 19. The event is free and open to the public.

    19 October 19 2015
    6-9pm (networking until 10)
    The Stone Pony
    913 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

    A report in The State of Women Owned Businesses, 2014 from American Express OPEN says: read more

    Share your opinion at POP election forum Mon Aug 24

    POP members and communityPeople’s Organization For Progress (POP) will hold a community forum on Monday 24 August on “The Obama Years and the 2016 Election.” This event is sponsored by POP and Marlo’s Cocktail Lounge. The program is free and open to the public.

    Chairman Lawrence Hamm extends his personal invitation:

    This is a community speakout. There are no guest speakers. Anyone in attendance who wants to give an opinion on the topic will be given an opportunity to do so. All are invited. Please make every effort to attend. Thank you. Power to the people! read more

    Yale sponsors 1st African Arts & Culture Festival

    Africa Salon at Yale
    Africa Salon, Yale’s first annual contemporary African arts and culture festival — featuring some of today’s top artists from the continent and diaspora — will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28.

    Hosted by the Yale Africa Initiative, the interactive event will include a series of panels, readings, exhibits, and performances.

    The event will open on Friday evening with a panel moderated by Michael Veal, professor of music and African American studies. Saturday’s events will include a series of panels — each accompanied by a performance or visual presentation — highlighting key artists and their work in contemporary African literature, visual art, film, music, fashion, and dance. At each panel, faculty and students who are producing artistic work on Africa will be featured. read more

    Black History Month in Film @ Nyack Village Theatre

    Nyack Village Theatre celebrates Black History Month in Film. The theatre is located upstairs at 94 Main Street in the historic Woolworth Way, built in 1905 and today presenting film, music, theatre, dance and poetry in an intimate 49 seat space in the heart of Nyack.

    Black History Month in Film

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6th – 8:00pm
    “Hidden Colors” – The Untold History of People of Aboriginal, Moor and African Descent

    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7th 7:30pm
    “Cabin in The Sky” – starring Ethel Waters, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Lena Horne, Louie Armstrong, Rex Ingram, Duke Ellington & The Hall Johnson Choir read more

    On the Matter of Black Lives Panel @ ECC 2/2

    Newark police brutality panel 150202A Movement or a Moment panel discussion on police brutality, racial profiling and the matter of black lives will be presented on Monday as part of the Fireside Chat Series at Essex County College.

    Monday, February 2 2015 6-8pm
    ECC Fireside Chat Series Panel:
    A Movement or a Moment,
    on the Matter of Black Lives

    Siegler Hall, Essex County College
    303 University Avenue, Newark, NJ
    Cost: free

    This free program is being offered in response to the high-profile deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, and the subsequent court rulings and responses. It will center on whether the matter of black lives is an event of the moment, or an ongoing and growing movement. read more

    Navigating Developmental Disabilities Systems Conference @ JCC Tenafly

    On Sunday, February 15 2015, the community is invited to the JCC on the Palisades to attend a conference on navigating the changing systems of Developmental Disabilities. This timely conference will address the critical needs that so many families of individuals with disabilities face – including housing, medicaid / entitlements, advocacy, employment and planning for adulthood.

    Navigating Dev Disabilities systems confSunday, Feb 15
    Registration 8:30, Program 9am-1pm
    Kaplan JCC on the Palisades
    411 E. Clinton Avenue
    Tenafly NJ 07670 read more

    An evening with Cornel West and POP in Newark

    The People’s Organization for Progress and the Bethany Baptist Church Board of Deacons presents a special Black History Month event: An Evening with Cornel West!

    This special event will take place at Bethany Baptist Church, 275 West Market Street, Newark on Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30pm (rescheduled due to ice storm).

    Cornel WestDr. West will discuss ‘The Importance of Organization Building in the Struggle for Racial, Social and Economic Justice.’

    Cornel West has written 19 books, including his best seller Democracy Matters. He appears regularly on the Bill Maher Show, The Colbert Report, CNN and CSpan. He can be heard on a weekly basis on the popular public radio show, Smiley and West, co-hosted by the critically acclaimed Tavis Smiley. The show airs locally on WBGO-FM/Jazz 88 (88.3FM) on Saturday mornings at 6am. read more

    CLDP @ BERGEN students thank our sponsors!

    CLDP@Bergen logoWe’re fundraising to cover the cost of food served at the five College Leadership Develop Program (CLDP) workshops we just completed … and hopefully, we’ll receive a few thousand more dollars to get to the USHLI National Conference in Chicago. Participants in the inaugural CLDP at Bergen Community College are invited as USHLI’s guests!

    The CLDP @ BERGEN students and The Wei Team which organized the CLDP @ BERGEN workshop series thank our awesome sponsors for helping us enjoy great food during our sessions. We also thank our advisors Gene Calderón and Johanna Heule and the beautiful speakers who brought words of enlightenment, hope and knowledge to this project and all of its participants. read more

    Join Newark students in mass rally & boycott for local control on Mon. Nov 4

    Newark Student Union/No ChristiebuttonsThe Newark Students Union (NSU) organized a massive 1,000 student walkout last April and on Monday Nov 4, they will stage another mass boycott demanding that quality education be returned to Newark. The students want Gov. Christie to fund schools at court ordered levels and to repair school buildings, which are currently unsafe – two legal obligations which Christie has refused to honor. Spread the word about the rally and be there if you can. The social media hashtag is #npsboycott.

    Boycott & Rally to Protest Gov. Christie’s Control of Newark Public Schools
    November 4 2013 @ 9am
    30 Clinton Street in Newark NJ
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