The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Thursday, July 23, 2015 the Million People's March on Saturday in Newark

“Unless one lives and loves in the trenches, it is difficult to remember that the war against dehumanization is ceaseless.” –Audre Lorde

Sandra to death.
David Rutherford has done a community service by posting a listing of 25 reasons for us to show up (and I say, SHOW OUT) at Saturday's Million People's March Against Police Brutality, Racial Injustice, and Economic Inequality. Click here for his post. The recent death in police custody of Sandra Bland (and countless other women of color) provides Reason #26 for us to protest and create an action plan to end the acts of violence perpetrated against people of color by systemic racism in the (in)justice system.  Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook know that this particular case has got me raging--we all need to show our rage.

#SayHerName #blacklivesmatter

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Community Outdoor Movie Night in Hannah Atkins Park!

The Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation is hosting its summer movie night at Hannah Atkins Park this evening (Thursday, July 16). Tonight's film is The Lego Movie, which will begin at 8:30 pm. Bring a chair, snacks, and enjoy it with the kids! Below is the entire summer schedule of films at a variety of locations. Below is the entire summer schedule of films at a variety of locations. Some are for kids, pre-teens, and adults--clip the entire schedule--all movies begin at 8:30 pm on Thursday evenings through August!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Diversity In Action: Independence Day in Plainfield!

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, Parade Grand Marshal Flor Gonzalez, and the Community!

Plainfield Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs (PACHA)

This year's (92nd Annual) Plainfield July 4th Parade kicked off at about 10:15 am this morning with the wonderful theme of "Diversity In Action." This year's Grand Marshal was Flor Gonzalez, President of the Plainfield-based Latin American Coalition and Chairwoman of the Plainfield Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

With Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, Chairman of the PDCC
Led by Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, the floats, stilt walkers, balloons, step teams, motorcycles, classic cars, elected officials, and community folks came together to celebrate our great and diverse city. The Plainfield Democratic City Committee, under the chairmanship of Adrian Mapp, also joined the parade for the first time this year. Even as we celebrate "Independence Day," though, we must reflect on the unfulfilled promise of our country, best exemplified in this speech by (my hero) Frederick Douglass, "What, to the Slave, is the Fourth of July?" written during the antebellum era in the United States when the freedoms enumerated in the constitution were still denied to people of African descent. 

Enjoy the weekend!

Celebrating FREEDOM and PRIDE!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Community Movie Night Under the Stars at Rushmore Playground!

Scene from Annie--the girls singing "It's a Hard Knock Life"
Last night, I attended the first Community Movie Night at Rushmore Playground, sponsored by the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation. We watched Annie under the stars! Although rain threatened early, by 7:50 pm, the sky cleared up.* A small but hardy crowd of adults and children enjoyed the movie--with a beautifully crisp image and fantastic sound. Next week (Thursday, July 9, starting at 8:30 pm), also at Rushmore Playground, the film shown will be Alexander and the No Good, Horrible, Very Bad Day. Recreation promises FREE fresh-popped popcorn, so bring lawn chairs, bring the kids, and enjoy movies under the stars! There is nothing like it!

The following week (July 16), community movie night moves to Hannah Atkins Playground for two weeks--here is the schedule! Also, next week there will be free fresh-popped popcorn!!!!

*Recreation notes that, if rain threatens, the division will make the determination to postpone by 8:00 pm. The rain date is scheduled for the following evening (Friday).