BERNARDSVILLE NJ - Amidst a flurry of grassroots political activity surrounding the inauguration and first weeks of the presidency of Donald J. Trump, the Somerset County Democratic Committee has formed a social action caucus.  

Scores of Somerset Hills residents took to the streets for the Womens march on Washington on January 21, with more participating in marches in New York and Trenton.  Still more joined the protests at Newark Airport on January 28.  In light of the street-level resistance to the new president, the Somerset County Democratic Executive Committee has "unanimously and enthusiastically" voted to establish the Somerset County Democratic Committee’s Social Action Caucus.

“The Social Action Caucus will play an important role in how we, as Democrats in general and Somerset County Democrats in particular, will respond to the administration of the 45th President, its policies and positions that challenge our core beliefs and how votes taken by Republican elected officials who support this administration, affect us all,” stated SCDC Chair Peg Schaffer. 

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“The Social Action Caucus will help develop specific programs that provide us with the tools to fight back and make our concerns and positions known all year round,” continued Schaffer. “During the election season, where our main goal remains electing great Democrats who will represent all people, the Social Action Caucus, working with all our Caucuses, will help to elect our candidates by actively engaging in the electoral process.”

Other Somerset County Democratic Committee Caucuses include: Federation of Democratic Women, Black Caucus, Asian American Caucus, Hispanic Caucus, Asian American Caucus, GLBT Caucus, Labor Relations and Young Democrats.

The first program planned by the Social Action Caucus will be a workshop focusing on the widely circulated guide to effective action, “Indivisible,” which will teach attendees how to effectively oppose the policies of the new administration.   Details as to time and location with be forthcoming. 

“We are a diverse and inclusive organization which we believe represents the best in human and social values.  By working together, we know that Somerset County, New Jersey and the United States of America can and will be stronger, provide equal opportunity to all while respecting our democracy and all it stands for,” stated Schaffer.