South Orange/Maplewood CCR hosts forum on safety and policing

South Orange/Maplewood CCR hosts forum on safety and policing

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood Community Coalition on Race held a communitywide forum on safety and policing on June 13, bringing the police chiefs from both towns together with the chairpersons from the South Orange Community Police Collaborative and the Maplewood Community Board on Police to discuss local and regional crime […]

‘Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom’ to be held at Durand-Hedden House in Maplewood

‘Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom’ to be held at Durand-Hedden House in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Durand-Hedden House & Garden Association and the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race will once again co-host “Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom” at Durand-Hedden House and the surrounding Grasmere Park, 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood, on Sunday, June 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. Activities will take place primarily outdoors and […]

Community Coalition on Race to host community forum on safety and policing

Community Coalition on Race to host community forum on safety and policing

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Monday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m., the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race invites local residents, neighboring communities and all interested parties to learn more about the timely topics of community safety and policing.  Key representatives, including South Orange Police Chief Ernesto Morillo; Maplewood Police Chief James DeVaul; […]

Coalition celebrates 25 years of equity work and volunteerism in SOMA

Coalition celebrates 25 years of equity work and volunteerism in SOMA

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race celebrated its 25th anniversary with a virtual ceremony on March 29, honoring the founders of the organization and the work that its volunteers and staff members have done since. According to Carol Barry-Austin, who sits on the CCR board of trustees and […]

Coalition on Race announces ChooseSOMA website to welcome black families

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race has launched ChooseSOMA.com, a website that showcases the towns’ drive for diversity, inclusion and belonging. While South Orange and Maplewood are among the most diverse municipalities in New Jersey, demographic data has confirmed a decline in black families moving in. According to U.S. census […]

SOMA Community Coalition on Race to celebrate its 25th anniversary

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Join the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race as it celebrates the organization’s 25th anniversary and reflects on its efforts to create equity and preserve racial integration. The virtual event, “The Pursuit of Racial Equity & Integration: A 25-Year Journey in Maplewood and South-Orange,” will be held Tuesday, March […]

CCR to sponsor virtual foreclosure and eviction protection workshop

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In support of South Orange and Maplewood residents who are currently involved or in danger of becoming involved in foreclosure or eviction, the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race in partnership with La Casa de Don Pedro will provide a virtual workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. […]

South Orange BOT approves allocation for loan project to support black homebuyers

South Orange BOT approves allocation for loan project to support black homebuyers

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Board of Trustees approved a resolution to allocate $100,000 from an affordable housing settlement agreement with the Third and Valley redevelopment project to support the Wealth Gap Equalizer Loan program at its Oct. 11 meeting with a vote of 5-0; Trustee Karen Hartshorn Hilton was absent. The loans […]

CCR to host South Orange–Maplewood BOE debate on Oct. 26

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Join the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. to hear the 2021 Board of Education candidates views on integration and equity in SOMA schools. Topics may include persistent lack of diversity in teaching staff; segregation within classes at the middle and high […]

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