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Schools Committee Takes New Teachers on Tour of SOMa

Teacher Orientation 2017

The Schools Committee has been a part of the orientation for new teachers and administrators in the school district since 2006. They share with them the mission of the Coalition and the community’s commitment to racial integration, true inclusion, and equitable schools.  They also highlight the objectives of the Schools Committee which have been focused […]

Moving Beyond Mistrust to Make Equality & Inclusion Reality


In the aftermath of Charltottesville and local race problems, Board Chair Robert A. Marchman offers his thoughts on the work of the Coalition and SOMa’s history of white flight, the elusiveness of of equality and inclusion for many persons of color, and the collaborative work we see ahead.

Statement from the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race

Read our statement on the recent vote of no confidence in Police Chief Cimino and on its ongoing advocacy for fair and unbiased treatment of people of color by the police.

Postponed: Community Forum on the July 5, 2016 Police Incident

The Community Forum originally scheduled for Monday, August 7th will be rescheduled for a future date. In the meantime, our work on social justice and reforming police practices does not stop. We look forward to engaging with our community so that long lasting change is made, and that everyone who lives, works, and plays in Maplewood and South Orange is able to do so freely and without harm or harassment.

Call for Reform of Police Practices and an End to Police Abuse of Black Residents

We stand in solidarity with all those who were hurt and traumatized by the experience of being mistreated by the Maplewood Police after the July 5, 2016 fireworks and with those now witnessing this event on the released video.

June 2017 Message

In the beginning of 2017 we noted how difficult the road ahead would be to create change in a world that is increasingly open to overt racism and anti-inclusionary practices. We promised to stay true to our mission and spend the next few months engaging people in thoughtful, safe dialogue and in learning workshops about […]

Schools Committee Statement to the Board of Education

The Schools Committee co-chairs present a set of challenges to the Board of Education on problems with school integration, addressing the failures of the access and equity policy, and committing to building a diverse teaching staff.

Race and Privilege Topic Gathered Residents to Discuss Solutions for Change


This year’s Conversation’s on Race brought together over 140 people to hear about and discuss race & privilege. Read more…

Spring Donation Appeal

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We need your support today! Help us work on integration and inclusion in our towns. Read more…

Two Film Screenings Provoke Intense Discussions

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The Coalition partnered with local groups like the Parenting Center, SOPAC, the school district, the Essex County Freeholders President, and Bow Tie Cinema in South Orange to bring two moving and provocative films to the public: I Am Not Your Negro and Before the Trees Was Strange.