Members old and new, have you registered on the Essex Rising website yet? If not, please do so, that's how we stay informed and involved for positive change! And we would love to know what issues most concern you, and which of our activities most engage you. Click here to register now!

To explore the website, click here.

Our Facebook page for the closed members' group is most active, but our website has some unique content, and it's the best place to read our principles, access resources, and see our full calendar.

Please encourage like-minded progressives to register and join us. We want to continue our amazing growth to further empower our community to advocate for the progress we want.  


Essex Rising was recently honored with awards in recognition of our impact in promoting democratic values in the wake of #45's election. On May 12th, Essex Rising was one of two honorees at the West Orange Democratic Committee "Spring-to-it Brunch",  at Essex House. Essex Rising co-founder Elizabeth Redwine, accepting the award from Sal M. Anderton, underscored Essex Rising's advocacy of a more progressive direction for the party. Essex County Committee's Chairman LeRoy J. Jones Jr. graciously complimented Essex Rising in his inspiring address. Former West Orange Mayor Assemblyman John F. McKeon — contemplating a challenge to Rodney Freylinghusen — was among several leading Democrat officeholders present. On Sunday June 11th, at the Pride March of the West Orange Rainbow Coalition, Essex Rising was honored to receive their Ally Award for standing with the LGBTQ+ community. West Orange Mayor Parisi sported a Rainbow shirt during this event. 

What's coming up?

Essex Rising has several upcoming events. Our Progressive Discussions series kicked off Sunday June 12th with  the Green Party candidate for NJ governor, Seth Kaper-Dale. He described the amazing work he has been doing in Central New Jersey, especially with housing and sanctuary for refugees. He is now the only candidate fully behind Medicare-for-All in NJ and presented strong economic justifications. He also explained why he believes his role outside the two big parties is vital for NJ. You can view the video online via our Facebook page. 

Save the date- June 28th! Our probing series called Provocative Discussions on Race continues, everybody welcome! More details to come.

Upcoming events: 
June 17: 12 pm- Defending Democracy: Montclair, NJ APA Launch Montclair Cooperative School in Montclair, New Jersey

June 19: 6pm- Meet Mikie Sherrill, declared opponent against Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen in the NJ11th District. At Watchung Booksellers in Montclair. 

June 24: 12 pm- People's Organization for Progress, 2017 "March for Reparations,"  Lincoln Statue (Intersection of Springfield Ave. and Market St.), Newark. 

Continuing events:
Tuesday Trip to Senators' Offices- 11:30 am-1 pm, 1 Gateway Center, Newark, New Jersey 07102

Fridays without Frelinghuysen- 11 am-2 pm, 30 Schuyler Pl, Morristown, NJ 07960-5128

Action items for the week

The Senate is poised to vote on the AHCA, likely within the next 2-3 weeks. Please call our senators' offices to ask they they do everything in their power to grind ALL Senate business to a halt until the AHCA bill receives a full public debate. Your call is likely to be answered, whichever of our representatives you are motivated to call: it is reported that switchboard volume has declined to pre-Trump election levels. Now is the time to Pump-Up-the-Volume! Sometimes it might seem 

Menendez: 202-224-4744
Booker: 973-639-8700

Put our senators' numbers and your congressman's number on speed-dial so you can call regularly! It might not seem like it makes much difference, but it is one of the most effective actions you can take without actually going to the MoC's office. 


Support equal rights for your LGBTQ+ friends and family.

Call, or leave a voicemail for, your senators (above) and/or Congressman.
Script: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ calling to express my support for equal rights for the LGBTQ community. My (share who you know is gay) is gay/trans/queer, and I want her/him/them to have the same access to housing and employment that I do. Can you tell me if _NAME_ plans to support The Equality Act of 2017? (Senate: S.1006 / House: H.R. 2282)

Note: If you are LGBTQIA+, please edit the script accordingly. We deserve equal rights.

Advocate for integrity from the highest office in the US.

Call: All three MoCs or leave message.
Here's a Script you might like to use:
"Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ and am concerned that our president asked the FBI Director for 'loyalty' and implied that he should stop the investigation of Michael Flynn. Is _NAME_ concerned about this? I expect integrity from our leaders. Could you please tell me what s/he is doing about this lack of integrity? (pause) Thank you.

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