Progressive Grassroots Summit was held on Sunday

Democratic candidates assemble with progressive volunteers at the PAL Sunday

PARSIPPANY — BluewaveNJ and the Morris County Democrats Club are hosted Grassroots Progressive Summit & Rally. More than a dozen progressive groups and candidates for public office gathered at Parsippany PAL on Sunday, June 10 to hold a rally to gear up for the general elections in November.

Among the groups in attendance were Blue Wave NJ, Action Together NJ, and NJ-11 for Change.  Major Candidates included Mikie Sherrill, Ex-Navy pilot and prosecutor challenging incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen for NJ-11 Congressional seat,  Jack Gebbia, national guardsman and native of Boonton, also challenging Frelighuysen, and Michael Soriano, Democratic candidate for Parsippany Mayor, along with running mate Janice McCarthy.  

The theme focused on resistance against the agenda of the Trump administration and bringing reform to local government. The groups and candidates came together in an afternoon of networking to mobilize and build momentum for November.

Each group or candidate had a table at the event to distribute information and to meet with voters.  Groups and candidate came together in one location to make it easier for people to find out how they can join the movement for change. To meet candidate and groups who are organizing communities for common sense solutions to some of our toughest challenges.   Whether you’re ready to join the fight to save health care for millions or rise-up against attacks on the rights of women, immigrants and working families, or to work help in the election of candidates with common sense and progressive ideas, you will be able to find a group to join.

Declan Carney, BluewaveNJ, the event organizer said of the event “There is a lot of grassroots energy in New Jersey with lots of new groups forming to help direct this energy into change.  The summit offers these groups, their leaders, membership and new people who want to join the movement for change, an opportunity to meet with likeminded groups and people and to form new or stronger working relationships. The Far Right Republican agenda is a real and present threat to our New Jersey community values and we recognize we must come together to fight for our values and our communities against this threat.”

Congressional candidate Mikie Sherrill speaks to the crowd at progressive rally Sunday
Progressive activists gather near the Action Together New Jersey information table
Potential volunteers speak to NJ-11 for Change leader Elizabeth Juviler
Democratic candidates assemble with progressive volunteers at the PAL Sunday