Jersey City Councilwoman Joyce Watterman: Thriving in a Man’s World

Sitting down with Jersey City At-Large Councilwoman Joyce Watterman was more than a breath of fresh air – it was a master class in women kicking ass. I reached out to her yesterday when I recognized her as the only woman in a sea of male councilmen and community & faith leaders. My question to […]

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Chris Gadsden: Advocating for Jersey City

Chris Gadsden is a longtime community activist and Ward B Councilman, sworn in after elections on Nov. 8, 2016. “I don’t want to sacrifice authenticity and community advocacy because I’m on the city council. “If the problem is joblessness, my job is to find out what we can do as a city. How can the […]

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Fulop Administration to Sign Executive Order Re-Affirming Jersey City as a Sanctuary City

*The following text is from a press release issued by the city. The photos are mine.* Mayor Fulop to Sign Executive Order Re-Affirming Jersey City as a Sanctuary City; Drafted with Coalition of Immigration Advocates, Executive Order Provides Detailed Policy Preventing City Resources from being Used on Federal Immigration Enforcement Jersey City is One of the […]

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Gallery: Jersey City Rally to Stand with Muslims and Immigrants

Tonight Jersey City came out by the hundreds – JCPD estimates approximately 1000 people – to stand in solidarity with our immigrant neighbors and our Muslim friends. Like so many in the crowd, I brought my kids, so we weren’t able to get too close or stay the duration, but here’s a glimpse of what […]

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Should You Bring Your Kid to a Rally?

Long story short: You should try. And you get to define what try means for you. You know your kid and you know yourself. If there’s a real reason why you choose to stay home, stay home and don’t apologize. Crowds overwhelm you. Bathroom issues. Mobility concerns. Work. All reasons why a person might choose to […]

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Gallery: #womensmarchonwashington

Our group wore matching hats and green bandanas so we could find each other. We sent three buses of mostly women from Jersey City and Hoboken. We took this picture when we arrived, around 10 am. The bandanas felt like a secret code. They were really helpful since almost everyone in the march wore pink […]

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#WhyIMarch: Meeting the Women

On Saturday, January 21st, women from around the country will be gathering in Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington. The official mission reads:  We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the […]

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Jersey City Candidate for City Council: Moriah Kinberg, Ward D

As we prepare to swear in the new president, many of us are looking inward, thinking about what happens next in our own corner of the world. Today I met Moriah “Mo” Kinberg, Ward D resident and lifelong activist who is hoping to unseat Michael Yun in the 2017 City Council race. (Note: Rumors have […]

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We are the Affordable Care Act

Josie: “The ACA allows me as a self-employed person with no personnel to actually have affordable healthcare. If I did not receive a health subsidy I probably would have to go without healthcare. I have no options if ACA is repealed.  We all require health care – if nothing else an annual check up.  However, […]

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TLDR: Doing Nothing Won’t Work

*The following is a letter I wrote to my sociology students two days after the 2016 Presidential election.* My Dear Students: I’m sure you’re coming to class today in anticipation of what I will say about the election. First, I am not from Jersey City. I live here because I chose this city. I live […]

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