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SOMa Parents Discuss How to ‘Talk to Children about Race’ at Workshops

The ‘Talking to Children about Race’ workshop series included three sessions focused on multiracial families, having the first conversations about race with preschoolers, and a general session on ‘intentional parenting’ for including candid talk about race in family life. Special thanks to Dr. Diane Hughes, the Montrose Early Childhood Center PTA, the panelists, and the Schools Committee!

Statement on Racism in Our Schools & Teaching Our Youth about Race

We would like to address the multiple incidents of racist graffiti in the South Orange Maplewood School District middle school bathrooms and the controversy over the slave auction posters that were produced by 5th graders as part of an assignment on Colonial American history. We believe that we must acknowledge and name the racism expressed […]

Coffee House Discussion on Immigration in SOMa

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How can support immigrants in our towns? That was just one of the questions faced by attendees at this informative session.

Anti-Semitic Graffiti in South Mountain Reservation


The anti-Semitic symbols and words of hate painted on the walls at the South Mountain Reservation are insufferable. Our community has shown its strength in coming together to protest and heal.

Statement on Racial Profiling & Law Enforcement

On February 24th, one of the members of our Board of Trustees reported an encounter with the Maplewood police that made him feel that he had been racially profiled, that he was not given an adequate explanation for being detained and questioned on the street, and that he was asked for his identification before being […]

Statement Regarding the President’s Immigration Ban

We applaud the Maplewood Township committee and the South Orange Village Trustees for adopting resolutions that make it clear that these towns are Welcoming, Open, and Inclusive communities! Read the Coalition’s statement and access the towns’ resolutions here…

SOMa Shining with Luminaries on MLK Day

The towns were lit with luminaries to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday–it was a beautiful sight!

What Can We Change in 2017?

‘Welcome 2017 and good riddance to 2016’ has been a common refrain over the last few weeks. While we always hold out hope for the future, we’re also cautious. We can’t wish away all that we witnessed and experienced over the last year. We heard racism, sexism, homophobia, misogyny, anti-Muslim sentiments, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia out […]

Bios of the 2017 Executive Committee

Leila Gonzalez Sullivan (immediate past chair) has lived with her family in Maplewood since 1978, although her career took her to Connecticut and later Baltimore to assume presidencies of community colleges.  Entering semi-retirement in 2009, she joined the Coalition as co-chair of the Neighborhood Association and Civic Engagement Committee where she worked on the development […]

Coalition on Race Statement Regarding Vandalism of the South Orange Menorah

Over the holidays an incident of random vandalism by a young person resulted in direct damage to the South Orange Menorah display. The Community Coalition on Race would like to encourage parents to speak to their young people about the importance of respecting the property of others and especially that of respecting religious symbols. It […]