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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.

ED Message May 2017

We invite you to this year’s Conversations on Race: Race & Privilege. The topic is an extension of issues like implicit bias, micro-aggressions, and systemic racism that we have been talking about in groups and workshops over the last few years. Dr. Beverly Daniels Tatum in her presentation to the community last spring noted that […]

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.