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

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

 

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