Back in July 2016, myself, members of Black Lives Matter-Paterson and dozens of community members stood before the city council to request the council put forth a vote of no confidence in the leadership of Joey Torres following the announcement of an investigation into the DPW scandal.
“The most dangerous creation in any society is the man who has nothing to lose.” – James Baldwin I want to preface this by saying that this is not a slight towards any community organization. We are all trying to find a remedy to curtail the violence within our community. But I have to mention…
I am writing this letter as a Paterson activist and parent. I am deeply concerned with what’s happening in our school system. It’s disconcerting to know that one of the only board members who relentlessly fights for our children is being vilified by his colleagues for fighting for our children.
Back when I served as an elected member of the Paterson school board I can remember being turned away from many demonstrations specifically because I was a political figure and the organizers didn’t want politics to taint the rally or demonstration. And even if I did attend, it would be made clear to me that…
Paterson seems to be a place that is detached from the rest of the world. What is truly going on here? Why are so many of our seniors losing their homes? Where is the genuine leadership? Who truly cares about Paterson? Or is that just a phrase to promote political agendas?
I’ve always believed that the purpose of a teacher evaluation was ensure that the teacher did well in the class thereby ensuring the overall academic success of the students. Should school administrators use this system of checks and balances as a leveraging weapon to intimidate, harass or bully educators? I don’t think so.
I have seen a plethora of challenges on social media lately. From the infamous mannequin challenge and even one named after Shirley Cesar. Well, I am offering a challenge to all of the political groups in the city of Paterson. It’s called the Campaign 4 Peace challenge. Here’s how it works.