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Unity March in Hardwick, New Jersey

In defiance of a cowardly act of ignorance and intimidation a community comes together to march for peace and form a circle of hope.


On the evening of the 2008 U.S. Presidential elections, an eight-year-old girl created a banner which read "President Obama - Victory '08!" With a little help from her parents the banner was hung in their front yard. The next night the banner was stolen. Later it was returned, wrapped around a cross and on fire. On Saturday November 15th, a march and rally, organized by a group of concerned citizens and supported by the Warren/Sussex County branch of the NAACP, took place.

Speakers included Elaine Koplow, Gary Grewal, Kevin Duffy, Talia Young, and Melvin Warren.

The song "Heal the World With Me" was written by Andy Rajeckas and sung by Gwynne Michaels.

Watch the Video Over the Jump

If you blink, you will miss me in the circle at 8:00 to 8:03 in this 10 minute video.


This is a picture I took of my old friend Sam (on the right), whom I haven't seen in about eight years, shaking hands with his friend Jeremy, in front of the Municipal Building where we gathered before the rally.

Thank you, everyone, for helping make Obama President, and therefore all of this possible.

And thank you to these groups for making this video in particular possible:

Warm Regards,

Erik B. Anderson

Independence Township, New Jersey

Established 1782

Thanks again. -E

Originally posted to Kire on Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 02:20 AM PST.

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  •  I didn't know that was happening in our state. (9+ / 0-)

    A few years back, at the dawn of the Bush years, I got a threatening letter in the mail, filled with puerile drawings, after I got a letter published in the Trenton Times.

    I thought it was a letter from one of my neighbors and didn't even attach it to the Times letter.

    For years we were a little frightened by the whole affair, and speculated who might have sent it, although we said or did nothing.

    Later a front page story in the Times indicated that these types of letters were being sent to all letter writers expressing a liberal view.

    The guy who was sending them, who turned out to be a Trenton Times employee was ultimately busted.

    •  yeah, it's been crazy for a lot of people, evenin (5+ / 0-)

      even in "Blue Jersey"

      thanks for telling your story

      it is so important to do that

      this only got some local coverage

      News12 New Jersey was there, and I heard there was something on NBC in New York about it, but I pray this video goes viral somehow and it lives on forever on the internet.

      It was really amazing. I was only 5 or 6 people away from my Republican Assemblywoman and my Republican Freeholder, who I had trouble keeping up with going up that steep hill.

      Warm Regards,

      Even if all the hope you have is the size of a grain of salt, it's still hope.

      by Kire on Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 02:33:47 AM PST

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  •  Making Something Good (10+ / 0-)

    out of something so ugly is never easy. Glad you all succeeded so completely!

    "Why you gotta act like you know when you don't know?" - Ben Folds

    by RNinNC on Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 02:28:34 AM PST

  •  I've been living out here for twenty years. There (3+ / 0-)

    has long been an undercurrent, and the KKK used to have (maybe still has) a headquarters in Warren County. For that matter, the Bund used to march in Bergen and Passaic Counties, up in the mountains, before World War II. There are lots of small towns in areas outside of New York. They breed distrust and dislike.
    There's lots of redlining also. Now, the state used the hostility to its advantage, giving the towns a choice. Accept the Highlands proposal, about environmental planning in building, and get rid of your obligation to build low income housing. It recently pushed seventeen small communities to accept Highlands rules!!
    Now that's using politics!!

    To Whom Much is given, Much is expected.

    by lizhoyt on Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 02:57:21 AM PST

  •  November 8 issue (0+ / 0-)

    A Highlands compromise
    Saturday, November 08, 2008
    From the outset, the Highlands Act created several potential conflicts. So it's good news that one of them seems to have been resolved.

    Enacted in 2004 to protect 1,250 square miles of land en compassing 88 municipalities spread over seven counties, the Highlands Act is designed largely to safeguard an aquifer that supplies water to more than half the state's population. To achieve that goal, the law put stringent restrictions on building, in effect limiting the amount of new residential construction in the affected municipalities.

    To Whom Much is given, Much is expected.

    by lizhoyt on Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 04:34:44 AM PST

  •  Some of the municipalities, as I recall (0+ / 0-)

    Bedminster, Phillipsburg, Pohatcong, Alpha, Stewartsville (I think), Tewksbury, more...

    To Whom Much is given, Much is expected.

    by lizhoyt on Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 04:36:00 AM PST

  •  This reminds me of a t-shirt I have (0+ / 0-)

    in the back of my closet.  I made a donation many years ago and received an "Heal the World" Michael Jackson tee.  I never even wore it.  Must dig it out.

    Send Joe Lieberman to Iraq!

    by ccmask on Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 04:47:01 AM PST

  •  Blast from the past. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Send Joe Lieberman to Iraq!

    by ccmask on Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 04:48:30 AM PST

  •  We've had incidents in NY every once in a (2+ / 0-)
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    Hardhat Democrat, janetsal

    while, but I have always somewhat dismissed them as isolated and perpetrated by fringe group, sometimes even just young kids who don't  have a grasp of the implications of their act of vandalism.

    There have been swastikas painted on Hebrew Temples and sometimes other hateful signs painted on buildings and structures that seemingly indicate that there is a large underground of individuals whose intention is to intimidate and spread their hate.

    I don't know where the answer lies.  The people who have done this need to be apprehended and made to answer for their acts.  Unless they are, others will continue their work and will get stronger and more bold as they avoid being held accountable.

    I applaud that community for standing up to this incident whether it was done by an organized group or just a fringe gathering of hateful individuals, but law enforcement needs to act quickly and decisively.

    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 04:54:36 AM PST

    •  It's like the tornado that happened in my town (0+ / 0-)

      when I was a kid.

      It might only happen every 25 years, or much longer than that, but it does happen.

      Thanks for the observation.


      Even if all the hope you have is the size of a grain of salt, it's still hope.

      by Kire on Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 02:55:37 PM PST

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  •  Yay! I love it when people (1+ / 0-)
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    overwhelm the lonely haters with mass love.

    'Round my way, we saw something similar this summer:

    Hundreds gather to replant lawn marked with hate symbols

    Exceeding organizers' expectations, 200 to 300 people gathered this morning around the northeast Metairie home of Travis and Kiyanna Smith to denounce vandals that chemically burned hate symbols into the African-American couple's lawn and to take turns digging up and resodding the defaced patches of grass.

    Dubbed "Uproot Hate," the Independence Day event was organized by a coalition of churches, synagogues and mosques.

    "History teaches us that silence is rarely an effective response to bigotry," said Rabbi Robert Loewy of Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie as he delivered the statement of purpose for the interfaith ceremony staged on the Smiths' lawn at the corner of Homestead Avenue and Live Oak Street. "We gather to affirm the American values enshrined in that Declaration of Independence."

  •  This video needs two more recs (0+ / 0-)

    to get on DU's greatest page.

    Please recommend it.

    there are there hours left



    Even if all the hope you have is the size of a grain of salt, it's still hope.

    by Kire on Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 10:39:27 PM PST

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