Our Festival of Unexpected (and sometimes dangerous) Ideas

New Jersey Working Families, in collaboration with our partners, is hosting four days of events to engage the public in topics, sometimes unexpected (or even a bit dangerous),
of a progressive agenda. We hope you will join us!
All events are free and open to the public.


Covering Our Communities:
How to get New Jerseyans the health care they need

7:00 – 9:00pm

A panel discussion co-sponsored with New Jersey Citizen Action
Health care access and literacy – how to get health insurance and know how to use it.  Including a discussion of the innovative East Brunswick Public Library service, “Just for the Health of It.”

Panelists include:

Jackie Cornell-Bechelli, US Dept. of Health and Human Services
Dena Mottola Jaborska, Director of Advocacy and Organizing, NJ Citizen Action
& the NJ for Health Care Coalition
Justine Ceserano, NJ State Director, Enroll America
Karen Parry, Librarian, Just For the Health of It, East Brunswick Public Library,
East Brunswick Public Library, Meeting room 2
2 Jean Walling Civic Center, East Brunswick, NJ


Screening of Robert Reich film Inequality For All
Followed by Discussion with
Will Fenton (Oxfam America) and
Gordon MacInnes (President, New Jersey Policy Perspective)
Location TBD



Screening of Jose Antonio Vargas film, Documented
11:30am  to 2:00pm
Followed by Panel Discussion with Jose Antonio Vargas,
Marisol Conde Hernandez, & Giancarlo Tello.
Essex Room, Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers Newark,
350 MLK Jr. Blvd., Newark, NJ.

Snap Brown Bag Lunch: The Food Stamp Challenge
12:00 pm to 2:00pm
A panel discussion cosponsored and organized by the Community Relations Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest

The panel discussion will include participants in the  SNAP Challenge speaking about the experience, national advocacy to address hunger in America and locally how we can help.
JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

New Jersey Working Families Gala
The Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ
Honored Guests Honorable Ras Baraka, Mayor of Newark &
Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union
Tickets available at:



Community Driven Urban Education:  A Vision for Our Future
10:00am – 12:00pm
cosponsored with Abbott Leadership Institute
Panel Discussion moderated by Dr. Junius Williams with
Newark Mayor Honorable Ras Baraka,
Chicago Teacher Union President Karen Lewis,
Parent Advocate Daryn Martin
Ramon Melendez, NPS Student Board Representative
Rutgers Newark, Boyden Hall Room 100,
195 University Ave. Newark, NJ

What’s Wrong with Incarceration. What’s Right about Re Entry
1:00pm – 3:00pm
A conversation hosted by former Governor Jim McGreevey
Martin’s Place, 398 MLK Drive, Jersey City

Breaking the Cycle of Urban Social Injustice
Cosponsored by the ACLU of New Jersey
Panel discussion on challenges of social justice in urban America
Panel includes: Rashawn Davis of ACLUNJ, Pete Ligouri of Union County Public Defender and from Drug Policy Alliance, Larry Hamm of Peoples Organization for Progess
Bethany Baptist Church, 275 West Market Street, Newark

Environmental Justice Roundtable
With Lois Gibbs of Love Canal Fame
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Part of the 39th Annual NJ Friends of Clearwater Festival 11am to 7:00pm
The Great Lawn Madison and McKinley Streets, Long Branch
At 3:15 pm

Peoples Climate March: Fracking, Climate Change And What We Can Do About It 
3:15pm to 4:30pm
Part of the 39th Annual NJ Friends of Clearwater Festival 11am to 7:00pm
The Great Lawn Madison and McKinley Streets, Long Branch
Hosted Jeff Tittel director BJ Sierra Club

Yes SHE can: How Women Can Change the World by Running for Office
Cosponsored with Emerge New Jersey
Panel Discussion Marie Corfield, Marlene Baldinger
Flemington – Location TBD

Screening of A Place at the Table
4:30pm – 7:30pm
hosted by CUMAC
Followed by a discussion on food insecurity in America and how we can help
with Diane Riley, Director of Advocacy at CFBNJ
Totowa UMC 105 Church St., Totowa


Screening  of Paycheck to Paycheck
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Co-sponsored by Blue Wave New Jersey and 1199SEIU
Follow by a panel discussion on Women and Income Inequality
with Vivan Brady, Jersey City Deputy Mayor,
Sharon Lerner, Senior Fellow DEMOS &
Milly Silva, Executive Vice-President 1199SEIU
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Montclair, 67 Church Street Montclair NJ 07042.
Event will be in Perls Room, 2nd floor