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'A Republic if You Can Keep it': How to Fight for American Values in the Age of Trump

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South Orange-Maplewood Action (SOMA Action) and Blue Wave NJ to Co-Host Town Hall Discussion with Civil Rights Activist and Attorney Norman Siegel

Representatives from Local NJ Activist Groups Join SOMA Action and Blue Wave NJ to Share Ideas and Strategize about How to Defend the Rule of Law in the Trump Era

On October 18, SOMA Action and Blue Wave, NJ will host a town hall meeting with Norman Siegel.  Siegel will discuss pending litigation challenging the Trump administration’s denial of federal funding for sanctuary cities and Donald Trump’s financial conflicts of interest and potential violation of the Emoluments Clause.  

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Siegel, former Executive Director of the NY Civil Liberties Union (1985-2000), will start off the evening by discussing his new campaign, “Declaration 17,” which provides a strategic roadmap for legally opposing Trump’s policies.  See http://www.declaration17.com.

"Getting to hear from a seasoned and accomplished activist like this is a perfect realization of SOMA Action's mission to empower regular citizens to get involved in meaningful ways that will make a difference,” said Shara Zoll, a South Orange resident who serves on SOMA Action’s Steering Committee.  

Activists from Swing Left NJ 7, NJ 11th for Change, and Essex Rising will contribute to this important discussion and will share information about their efforts to defeat incumbent GOP officials in their districts. Those attending will engage in small group discussions to share ideas and strategies about local activism.

“BlueWaveNJ is thrilled to co-sponsor this Town Hall informational session. Having Siegel explain and outline a legal roadmap on opposing Trump’s policies will be invaluable to progressive resistance groups across the country,” said Marcia Marley, President of BlueWaveNJ.

The town hall meeting will be on Wednesday, October 18 at 7 p.m. at Morrow Memorial Church, 600 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood.

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