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Tax March, Community Unity Rally in Plainfield's Cedar Brook Park Draws Crowd to Hear Local Politicians' Messages

Credits: Jennifer Popper
Credits: Jennifer Popper
Credits: Jennifer Popper
Credits: Jennifer Popper
Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp Credits: Jennifer Popper
Alma Blanco, running for 2nd/3rd Ward at Large and Councilwoman Bridget Rivers, running for Mayor in Plainfield Credits: Jennifer Popper
Alma Blanco, running for 2nd/3rd Ward at Large and Councilwoman Bridget Rivers, running for Mayor in Plainfield Credits: Jennifer Popper
Councilman Robert “Bob” Bresenhan Jr., Rahway Credits: Jennifer Popper
Babs Casbar Siperstein, Democratic National Committee and Councilman Robert “Bob” Bresenhan Jr., Rahway Credits: Jennifer Popper
Education Advocate, Hillsborough, NJ resident, Kurt Perhach Credits: Jennifer Popper
Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Brennan Credits: Jennifer Popper
Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Brennan Credits: Jennifer Popper
Colin Sumner, President of Westfield High School Young Democrats Club and John L. Casey, Lt. Col, USAF, Retired, Director for Military Relations; Moderates for Reform, 2018 Credits: Jennifer Popper
Gwyneth Hannagan, Host Family Program Manager, EF (Education First) Language Travel Credits: Jennifer Popper
Members of First Unitarian Society of Plainfield Credits: Jennifer Popper
Stephanie Antoine, Hyacinth Foundation, with Danielle Credits: Jennifer Popper
Colin Sumner, President of the Westfield High School Young Democrats Club Credits: Jennifer Popper
Babs Casbar Siperstein, Democratic National Committee and Councilman Robert “Bob” Bresenhan Jr., Rahway Credits: Jennifer Popper
John L. Casey, Lt. Col, USAF, Retired, Director for Military Relations; Moderates for Reform, 2018 Credits: Jennifer Popper
Arielle Mizrahi, NJPIRG (New Jersey Public Interest Research Group) Credits: Jennifer Popper
Gubernatorial Candidate Ray Lesniak Credits: Jennifer Popper
Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Johnson Credits: Jennifer Popper
Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Johnson Credits: Jennifer Popper
Alma Blanco, running for 2nd/3rd Ward at Large Credits: Jennifer Popper
Timothy Priano, Queen City Pride, Plainfield Credits: Jennifer Popper
M. Ali Chaudry Credits: Jennifer Popper
Iris House and Hyacinth representatives talk with March attendees Credits: Jennifer Popper
Joylette Mills-Ransome, running for 2nd/3rd Ward at Large Credits: Jennifer Popper
Education Advocate, Hillsborough, NJ resident, Kurt Perhach Credits: Jennifer Popper
Education Advocate, Hillsborough, NJ resident, Kurt Perhach Credits: Jennifer Popper
Ray Lesniak with Derel Stroud Credits: Jennifer Popper
Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp Credits: Jennifer Popper
Gubernatorial Candidate Ray Lesniak Credits: Jennifer Popper
Gubernatorial Candidate Ray Lesniak Credits: Jennifer Popper
M. Ali Chaudry Credits: Jennifer Popper
Maggie Savoca, the Tax March organizer Credits: Jennifer Popper
Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp Credits: Jennifer Popper
Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp Credits: Jennifer Popper
Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp Credits: Jennifer Popper
Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and Bobby Gregory of Plainfield Credits: Jennifer Popper
Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, left and Norman Deen Muhammad Credits: Jennifer Popper
Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp Credits: Jennifer Popper
Arielle Mizrahi, NJPIRG (New Jersey Public Interest Research Group) Credits: Jennifer Popper
Arielle Mizrahi, NJPIRG (New Jersey Public Interest Research Group) Credits: Jennifer Popper
Credits: Jennifer Popper
Seth Kaper-Dale, Gubernatorial Candidate Credits: Jennifer Popper
Councilman Robert “Bob” Bresenhan Jr., Rahway Credits: Jennifer Popper
Voter registration table Credits: Jennifer Popper
Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and Joylette Mills-Ransome, running for 2nd/3rd Ward at Large with NJ Working Families representatives Credits: Jennifer Popper
Credits: Jennifer Popper
Credits: Jennifer Popper
Credits: Jennifer Popper
Credits: Jennifer Popper
Credits: Jennifer Popper
Credits: Jennifer Popper
Credits: Jennifer Popper

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Coinciding with the Tax March in Washington, D.C., Plainfield was one of over 200 communities across the country that gathered to demand the release of President Trump's tax returns and a fair tax for all.

Maggie Savoca of Fanwood organized the event, held in Plainfield's Cedar Brook Park, that highlighted civic engagement and showcased a variety of politicians adding their voices to urge the President to release his tax returns.  Other issues featured in speeches included immigration and sanctuary cities, fair pay, the Muslim ban, and criminal justice reform.

The first speaker was Plainfield's Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, who is up for re-election.

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Gubernatorial candidate Ray Lesniak spoke about the need for criminal justice reform.  He noted that all prisoners should have the opportunity to come out of prison a better person than they were when they were sent to jail.

He called for the support of same-sex marriage, equal rights for members of the LGBT community and immigrants, too.  Lesniak also snuck in the fact that he was the accordion player on the Grammy-nominated "Polkas with a Kick" by Jolly Rich and His Polka Stars.

 

Kurt Perhach, who has worked as an Army Prosecutor and just might give Leonard Lance a run for his money, called for leaders to propose a bill that would require every future Presidential candidate to release his or her tax returns.

 

Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Brennan spoke more on the need for "good paying jobs, a vibrant economy, state of the art infrastructure and most importantly a government with integrity."

 

Alma Blanco, running for City Council 2nd & 3rd Ward at Large in Plainfield, talked about her grassroots campaign, and the need to bring the message to the people.

 

Other speakers included:

  • Gubernatorial Candidates Jim Johnson and Seth Kaper-Dale
  • Assembly D22 Candidate Paul Alirangues
  • Councilman Bob Bresenhan, Jr.
  • Colin Sumner, WHS President Young Dems
  • Lt. Col. John L. Casey, USAF, Retired
  • Arielle Mizrahi, Outgoing President NJ Student PIRG
  • Stephanie Antoine, Hyacinth Foundation
  • Babs Casbar Siperstein, Democratic National Committee
  • Timothy Priano, Queen City Pride
  • M Ali Chaudry, a representative from NJ Working Families

Savoca thanked Timothy Priano of Queen City Pride, who was a sponsor of the day's event.

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