NEWARK — “Tray-von!” “Mart-in!” “Zimmerman?” “Guil-ty!” That call-and-response rang out this afternoon outside the Peter W. Rodino Jr. Federal Building …Read the Rest
Newark, NJ – On Tuesday, November 13th, the Peoples Organization for Progress is hosting a March and Rally for Jobs, …Read the Rest
PEOPLE’S ORGANIZATION FOR PROGRESS CALLS FOR US MILITARY TO ASSIST WITH EFFORTS TO RESTORE ELECTRICAL POWER IMMEDIATELY
Newark, NJ – The People’s Organization For Progress, a grassroots organization that advocates for racial, social, economic justice, and peace …Read the Rest
During the hour I watched the rally, POP chairman Larry Hamm never stopped shouting the message over loud speakers, telling motorists to “Honk your horns for jobs.” He followed that plea with the numbers that say unemployment is up and opportunity is down.
The national and state unemployment rates have been hovering around 9 percent, but Newark’s rate exceeds 15 percent. Hamm noted that the numbers for minority youth and minority men are three to five times the averages, and they do not count people who have been out of work long enough to lose unemployment benefits and have stopped looking.
In addition, yesterday’s news indicated that poverty is increasing in traditionally stable, blue-collar communities, such as Carteret, Union Township and Garfield. Watching the faces of those who hit their horns Wednesday in reply to Hamm’s call, I thought his message seemed to be resonating across the lines of race, age, gender and class.
Yet, the U.S. Senate last month refused to move on President Obama’s jobs bill. So I asked Hamm what good rallying and honking are going to do. “Our goal is to make people understand how bad it is. And as bad as most people think it is, it is worse,” he insisted.
If people get the message, things will change because they will begin to apply political pressure, he said. Some 60 community groups, labor unions, student organizations and churches have endorsed POP’s agenda and are signing up to participate in the daily rallies. The coalition is holding regular meetings to plan out strategies that can get things done, Hamm said.
“I see these raggedy streets with potholes, I see the bridges that look like they are falling down,” he said. “There is work to be done.” And putting people to work will do more for recovery than any other kind of bailout, he said to me on the phone — and to anyone who could hear during the rally.
Marchers protest fatal shooting by police New Brunswick Mayor Cahill is target of criticism by Bob Makin (Courier News)
About 200 protesters marched on Saturday in reaction to the Sept. 22 death of Barry Deloatch, the third victim of a fatal police shooting under Mayor James Cahill’s 22-year watch.
Newark activists start 381-day protest calling on U.S. government to institute jobs program By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
“We are more than a half-century away from the Montgomery bus boycott, but we are dealing with issues just as pressing,” said Larry Hamm, chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress.
Plainfield set to mark third anniversary of Muhlenberg closure with commemoration By Mark Spivey/Courier News
Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center might be gone, but it sure isn’t forgotten.
And by the look of things, it never will be.
For the third consecutive year, dozens of residents from the city and surrounding towns are expected to mark the anniversary of the 131-year-old hospital’s closure with a solemn commemorative gathering. This year’s event, again coordinated by the local Restore Muhlenberg Coalition and People’s Organization for Progress, is slated for 4:30 p.m. Saturday outside the hospital grounds at the intersection of Park Avenue and Randolph Road.
Peoples Organization for Progress (POP) will host a press conference to spotlight its ‘Daily People’s Campaign’ for ‘Jobs, Peace, Justice and Equality!’
WHEN: Thursday, August 11, 2011
WHERE: Lincoln Memorial, located at the Springfield Avenue and West Market Street intersection, Newark.
TIME: 12:00 PM
Seeking Halt on Foreclosure Evictions Click link above to view article on Local Talk’s website The Township Council stood up …Read the Rest
Two groups unite for a foreclosure moratorium Click link above for article on East Orange Record’s website By Chris Sykes, …Read the Rest