Last Chance to Register for the 2014 Fall Issues Conference!

The following speakers have been announced for Task Force session at this Saturday’s (Sept. 27) Fall Issues Conference which will be held at the Central Unitarian Church in Paramus from 9 am to 2:30 pm :

Criminal Justice Reform: Ending the New Jim Crow:

Meagan Glaser, Deputy Director of the Drug Policy Alliance/New Solutions Campaign. The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation’s leading organization promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. DPA is actively involved in the legislative process and seeks to roll back the excesses of the drug war, block new, harmful initiatives, and promote sensible drug policy reforms. As a result of their work, hundreds of thousands of people have been diverted from incarceration to drug treatment programs.


Sally Pillay, Program Director for First Friends, an immigrant advocacy group working in areas related to detention and deportation.  She will be talking about how UUs can support unaccompanied children crossing the border into the US for the past few months.  As of July, there were 1877 migrant children, unaccompanied by their parents or guardians, in New Jersey needing sponsors and support.

Economic Justice:

Arnold Cohen, Senior Policy Coordinator, Housing Community Development Network of New Jersey (the Network) The Network is a statewide association of over 150 community-based development organizations, created in 1989 to enhance the efforts of these groups to create affordable housing and revitalize their communities, and to improve the climate for community development in New Jersey.  With over 35 years’ experience, Arnold leads the Network’s public policy advocacy and outreach activities. Through Arnold’s efforts, the Network has been a leader in advocacy for creating homes lower income people can afford, revitalizing the communities where they live and strengthening the work of nonprofits in these areas.

Register NOW through September 22 to:

  • Discuss and prioritize task force issues;
  • Meet and collaborate with other New Jersey UUs
  • Be inspired by keynote speaker Udi Ofer, executive director of the ACLU of NJ

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Why not make a day of it?  See what Paramus has to offer for the whole family!

Paramas Park Mall NJ

Van Saun County Park / Bergen County Zoological Park

Within its 146 acres, Van Saun County Park offers a wide-range of activities that is sure to please the entire family. Some of its popular attractions include the nationally accredited Bergen County Zoological Park, the historic Washington Spring Garden, train, carousel, pony rides, and picnic and fishing areas.

The Outlets at Bergen Town Center

The Outlets at Bergen Town Center is a dominant super regional shopping center  in Paramus, New Jersey, featuring specialty shops and eateries, including Century 21 Department Store, Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Marshall’s, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Whole Foods Market, Target, Nordstrom Rack, Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus, Nike Factory Store and much more.

Or make the 40 minute drive to New York City after the workshop!

Find more fun things to do in Paramus!

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