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SOMA Action Panel Discussion on Local Political Action in Maplewood on March 29


SOMA ACTION members and local residents will gather on Wednesday, March 29, to attend a panel discussion about political advocacy in the era of Trump.

Residents of Maplewood, South Orange, and surrounding communities are invited to attend a program, hosted by SOMA Action, entitled “From Town Hall to the Halls of Congress: Effective Advocacy in the Trump Era” on Wednesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Morrow Memorial Church (600 Ridgewood Road) in Maplewood.

The program seeks to give citizens and all U.S. persons a better understanding of the scope of power at every level of our government from our local towns to the County and state level, so that we can effectively advocate for progressive political change.

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“We know that many in our community are deeply concerned about the Trump administration,” says George Finlay, one of the panel organizers, “We want people to know who their elected officials are, and to understand how to reach and engage with them. Our community should feel knowledgeable about who is representing them and the key role they must play in pushing for a progressive future.”

Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca and South Orange Village President Sheena Collum will welcome the audience and introduce moderator Lisa Davis, who will lead a discussion among panelists for an hour, and then a 30 minute Q&A between the audience and the panel.

Panelists are Stephen Schnall, South Orange Village Trustee, Kevin Brown, New Jersey State Director of 32BJ SEIU, Mila M. Jasey, Assemblywoman, and Jerry Ryan, a former software engineer at Bell Labs, currently teaching computer science at NJIT.


SOMA Action is an organization of 700+ members from South Orange, Maplewood, and surrounding communities committed to a progressive agenda of social and environmental justice, transparency in government, and the value of a diverse and inclusive community. We are action-oriented, and seek to facilitate, support, and initiate political change at the local, state, and national level through peaceful means, including protests, advocacy, and civic engagement.

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