Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Plainfield's Pay to Play


Plainfielder's BE WARNED-  The administration put forth an ordinance eliminating the local Pay-To-Play Law.  Council President Rebecca Williams estimated that P2P adds 15-20% to the cost of affected contracts and pledged to make sure that " Plainfield passes the strongest municipal P2P ordinance possible."  Councilman Storch wrote that P2P was an "invisible tax on Plainfield residents" and "creates a lack of confidence among voters."  Even City Committeeman Bob Bolmer wrote that the P2P reform ordinances passed in 2011 were "historic measures".  I guess we'll see on Tuesday if this was really all about principle or simply meant to hinder the political opposition.  Meanwhile, the 'whereas' portion of the repeal ordinance is totally disingenuous:  This is not about Citizen's United and the unknown sources of Federal PAC money.  It is about making municipal political contributions AND receiving municipal contracts.  Our City Council should reject this race to the bottom with the same unanimous vote Rebecca urged for passage, that "would clearly demonstrate that we are public servants in the best sense of that phrase."
 
Sincerely,
 
Alan Goldstein

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Season Greetings from Councilwoman Diane Toliver


First Ward Councilwoman Diane Toliver wishes the Plainfield community a happy and safe festive season and blessed New Year!

Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Greetings from Councilwoman Diane Toliver


First Ward Councilwoman Diane Toliver wants to wish all of the many people in her ward and the City of Plainfield a joyous and safe holiday on this Thanksgiving Day. She is grateful on this day for having the opportunity to serve all of Plainfield's residents. Have a Great Thanksgiving with family and loved ones!


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Un-United Plainfield


 
 
Peace is a state of being that calls for cohesiveness and not division. How could the City have an event called Peaceful Plainfield held at the library and neglect to at least invite the Plainfield Anti-Violence Coalition? An organization that’s been on the forefront addressing the issue of gun violence and finding solutions to stop it from infiltrating our community.

Often, you hear the slogan, ‘One Future – One Plainfield’. But shouldn’t we be asking, “Will there ever be a united Plainfield?” When the City neglects to ask any participation from the Plainfield Anti-Violence Coalition, much less formally invite them. Do they really expect us to believe in their slogan? And yet, they advertise that many community activists will be in attendance. Which community activists? Are they even aware of which community activists and organizations have been marching and rallying since the start of fatal shootings this year? Why do they choose to ignore a grassroots organization? Wouldn’t it be in the best interest of the City, that we all at least strive to work in unifying to combat a strong issue in our community?

We do not have any political agendas. Our agenda is that gun violence be taken seriously. We will continue to strive for peace, progress and prosperity for all.

Plainfield Anti-Violence Coalition

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

UNITY SUMMIT - YOUTH AND COMMUNITY

 
UNITY
SUMMIT
YOUTH AND COMMUNITY
 
THURSDAY - JUNE 23, 2016 - 5:00 – 7:00 PM
 
RUTH FELLOWSHIP CHURCH MINISTRIES
733 South 2nd Street, Plainfield, NJ
 
ADDRESSING GUN VIOLENCE
      POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY         
COMMUNITY UNITY
 
SPONSOR: NATIONAL UNITED YOUTH COUNCIL INC. – SALAAM ISMIAL, DIRECTOR
 
WEBSITE: WWW.UNITEDYOUTHCOUNCIL.ORG 215-316 -7952

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Enough is Enough Press Conference


Salaam Ismiall from National UnitedYouth Council will be conducting a press conference on Tuesday, May 31st at 1:00 pm on the corner of Liberty Street and W. 4th Street. Located near Liberty Village. He, along with the community will be addressing the recent fatal shootings in Plainfield.

 

 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

NAACP Candidate Forum 5/22 at 5:15 pm

 
Please attend the N.A.A.C.P. Candidate Forum today, Sunday at 5:15 pm located at 1357 W. 3rd St. Plainfield at the Mohawk Lodge. Come and be part of the process and learn where your candidates stand on issues! Rev. Tracey L Brown and Alma Blanco, Plainfield City Council candidates will be in attendance.