March 22nd Newsletter

Find Out What BlueWaveNJ Issue Committees have been up to with our latest newsletter!

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March 23, 7 pm
Ed Barocas, Legal
Director, ACLU-NJ 
1st Congregational Church 40 S Fullerton St., Montclair, NJ

March 27, 7:30 pm
Kick-off event
Jersey Renews
St. Luke’s Church
73 S Fullerton Ave. Montclair, NJ

April 5, 7 am-9 pm
NJ Buses for Change 
We are partnering with NJ 11th for Change to visit the NJ Congressional delegation, Dems. 
and Republicans. Buses from Montclair and Morristown. 
To reserve your seat, click here.

Sat. April 22
Earth Day!
Watch for details about the Morristown rally BWNJ is working with SEIU Local 32BJ
to organize.

April 29 
Washington, DC People’s Climate March.
Six buses are reserved from Montclair, NJ

May 4, 11:30 am
National Council for Jewish Women Lunch Learn
with the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom

Learn about how Jewish and Muslim women are coming together in local chapters in the U.S.
Congregation Beth El
South Orange, NJ Respond to


People sometimes say, no one saw it coming, but no, wrong: they did. Paleoclimatologists looked at the modern situation and saw CO2 levels screaming up… and they said, Whoa. 

They said, Holy shit. People! They said. Sea level rise! . . . Really. New York 2140

Kim Stanley Robinson


  • Collaboration is nourishing the impact of BlueWaveNJ’s 300-active-member Grassroots Committee.
  • In partnership with Action Together NJ, we are creating an Election Action Center—an online resource for anyone who wants to learn about salient local issues and the progressive candidates poised to run in all 40 NJ Legislative Districts. We’ll soon be able to access the Election Action Center via a button or tab on the BlueWaveNJ website.
  • We’re networking with dozens of newly formed organizations including SOMA Action, NJ 11th for Change, Action Together NJ, and Morris County Democrats. In April, we will host these groups for a Progressive Leadership Forum.
  • We’re reaching out to pre-voting students in five high schools; young adults; the Montclair chapter of the NAACP; and artists interested in mounting exhibits and sales to benefit BlueWaveNJ.
  • More plans: a voter registration project; election training seminars; a High School Candidates’ Forum; and a Women’s Action group, which is currently developing a Mother’s Day event to reclaim that day as an occasion for progressive action.
  • For further information, or to volunteer for any of these efforts, contact Cary Chevat, [email protected]



  • On March 16, several members of our group pressed the Civil Rights Committee of Montclair to strengthen the town’s recently passed but weak resolution on sanctuary. The Commission voted to ratify our statement. Next step: Speaking with the Town Manager and MPD’s Community Policing Unit.
  • Committee members participated in a day-long conference sponsored by NJ Policy Perspectives, as well as an ACLU Town Hall conference call. We will also attend an Ally Training session at Make the Road (an immigrants’ rights group based in Elizabeth) on April 4.
  • We’ve found both a Turkish speaker and a Portuguese speaker to translate Know Your Rights cards into those languages.
  • We’re organizing collections of Spanish-language books, stationery, pens, stamps, toiletries, phone cards and gift cards for current and recently released detainees.
  • At a Press Conference at Newark Airport on March 16, attended by BlueWaveNJ volunteers and covered by the Associated Press and, Immigration Committee leader Deb Maclean delivered a strong and passionate speech.  Her closing words, which can be seen Here“These attempted bans further erode our moral standing around the world, so we lose allies, respect and admiration—making our country not the place where a better life is possible, but an unwelcoming country whose fundamental values have been abandoned. Most importantly—this is not who we are:  This is not the America I grew up in. This is not the America my father fought to defend in WWII. And this is not the America we want for our children. So, to you, our Muslim citizens and visitors, we say Salaam-Alaikum, and welcome.”


  • Anyone interested in joining these and other Immigration Committee activities should feel free to email Deb Maclean at [email protected] 


  • Sign the petition demanding Rep. Frelinghuysen maintain funding of the EPA.
  • BlueWaveNJ’s Environment Committee has created a petition demanding that Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, as chair of the House Appropriations Committee, reject any defunding of the EPA. We are organizing weekend carpools to collect signatures throughout the 11th District. For more info, contact Carrie Cantor [email protected].
  • On March 27 at 7:30 p.m., BlueWaveNJ will host the kick-off event for Jersey Renews, a new coalition of 30 labor, faith, community, and environmental organizations that have come together to pressure state leaders to dramatically increase NJ’s fight against pollution, environmental degradation, and climate change. St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair.
  • April 22 is Earth Day! Watch for news about the rally we are planning in Morristown, in partnership with SEIU Local 32BJ. The rally will highlight delivery of our petitions to Rep. Frelinghuysen’s office.
  • And, please ride with us to Washington, DC, on April 29th to make the People’s Climate March big and loud enough to be seen and heard around the world. BlueWaveNJ will have six buses. To reserve your seat, contact Cary Chevat, [email protected]



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