Thursday, May 25, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
STATE SENATOR/UNION CITY MAYOR BRIAN P. STACK, STATE ASSEMBLYMAN RAJ MUKHERJI, AND STATE ASSEMBLYWOMAN ANNETTE CHAPARRO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO SHIELD NJ SANCTUARY CITIES FROM THREATENED FEDERAL FUNDING CUTS
UNION CITY, NJ – State lawmakers representing the most ethnically diverse legislative district in New Jersey announced their sponsorship of a bill that will create a program to provide supplementary grant funding to a municipality or county that has been denied or otherwise lost federal grant funding based upon its status as a sanctuary jurisdiction. The bill is numbered S3007 in the Senate, where it was introduced yesterday, and A4590 in the Assembly.
Sanctuary jurisdictions are those that do not use local resources to enforce federal immigration laws. The Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution prevents the federal government from requiring state or local agencies to implement federal law or regulations. Nevertheless, President Trump has threatened to withhold federal funding from cities that will not enforce immigration laws. Under the program established by the bill, a sanctuary jurisdiction can apply to the Commissioner of Community Affairs for a dollar-for-dollar match of State appropriated moneys to supplement any deficit created by the loss of federal grant funding.
“Just as Union City is one of the most diverse cities in the country, New Jersey is one of the most diverse states in our nation. Our immigrant communities have enriched our state’s history and contributed to its economic and cultural prosperity,” noted Stack. “Residents need not fear coming forward to assist law enforcement or calling city agencies to access services. We must do our part to protect them, regardless of documentation status or national origin.”
Mukherji added, “Mayors and police chiefs should not be torn between doing the morally right thing and protecting all of their residents or cooperate with unconscionable federal directives that will tear families apart, for fear of losing funding and having to raise taxes. This measure will ensure that if the White House follows through with threats to cut aid, the State will have their backs.”
Chaparro remarked, “Our state and our nation have always valued the principle that it’s not where we came from but where we’re going that matters. When policies start to vilify immigrant communities that made vital contributions to our democracy, we must do our part to protect our neighbors.”
New Jersey’s 33rd Legislative District, represented by Senator Brian Stack, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, and Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, is comprised of Union City, which has a long history as a sanctuary city and where nearly 85% of the population was Hispanic or Latino as of the 2010 Census; Jersey City, home to Ellis Island or the “Gateway to America;” Hoboken; and Weehawken. The district is located entirely within Hudson County, which has played a pivotal role in welcoming immigrants to this nation. Regardless of citizenship status, nation of origin, or religion, the nurturing of an environment of inclusiveness, which protects the values of democracy and freedom and respects the human dignity of all residents of the State, is of vital concern to New Jersey.
Watch complete statement as reported by "La Revista Semanal"
ABOUT THE SPONSORS
Senator Brian P. Stack has also served as Mayor of Union City since 2000 and in the Legislature since 2003, when he was first elected to the New Jersey General Assembly. He has a long history of championing local causes. Prior to serving in elective office, Senator Stack was a community activist and tenant advocate. While serving as a Hudson County Freeholder, he fought numerous battles on behalf of local residents. In the Senate, where he has served since 2008, he presently sits on both the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee. He has earned a reputation for accessibility and as a zealous, round-the-clock advocate for his constituents, including immigrant communities. Through the nonprofit Brian P. Stack Civic Association, Mayor and Senator Stack has helped tens of thousands of residents and their families with a myriad of housing, employment, and immigration issues; meeting the needs of victims of disasters; and delivering countless turkeys to indigent families on Thanksgiving and toys to needy children during the holiday season.
Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, who is presently the only South Asian lawmaker in the state, is a son of immigrants. He previously served as Deputy Mayor of Jersey City. Two weeks after September 11, he sold a successful information technology company he had built as a teen to enlist in the U.S. Marines as a reservist, where he served as a Sergeant in military intelligence. A healthcare lawyer and entrepreneur, Mr. Mukherji has also served as a municipal prosecutor and, for nine years, has volunteered his time to serve as Chairman of the Jersey City Housing Authority. In the Assembly, he sits on the Budget, Commerce and Economic Development, and Labor Committees, in which roles he has earned a reputation as a champion of the middle class, the disadvantaged, and working families.
Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, was first elected to the State Legislature on November 3, 2015. She sits on the Homeland Security and State Preparedness, Law and Public Safety, and Transportation and Independent Authorities committees. Assemblywoman Chaparro holds the distinction of being the first woman from Hoboken and only the second woman ever elected to represent the 33rd Legislative District. Ms. Chaparro is a product of the Hoboken public school system, a proud mother of three, and is a Clerk II in the City of Hoboken. She has previously served as a Board Secretary to the Hoboken Planning and Zoning Boards and as a member of the Hoboken Rent Control Board.
Monday, November 28, 2016
(UNION CITY, NJ) – Following the death of Cuban Dictator, Fidel Castro, the City of Union City’s Mayor, Brian P. Stack and the Board of Commissioners are scheduled to hold a ceremony to raise the Cuban flag in solidarity with the millions of Cubans around the world who have suffered under the Castro regime.
“We stand together with all Cubans in Union City, Hudson County and around the world who have been enslaved, impoverished, disenfranchised and suffered many atrocities at the hands of Fidel Castro,” said Mayor Brian P. Stack. “It is my sincere hope that Castro’s death will lead to freedom for the Cuban people and subsequently a relationship with the United States. When the people of Cuba are finally free, we will celebrate together.”
Hudson County is home to the largest population of Cuban immigrants in the Northeastern United States. Cubans in Union City and all over the world are rejoicing in death of the infamous dictator and have expressed hope that real change will come for the people of Cuba. Repressive laws have allowed for the imprisonment and even deaths of thousands of political protesters and caused many leave their families to seek refuge in the United States.
Union City will hold the Cuban Flag Raising Ceremony at 4 PM on November 28, 2016 at 38th Street and Palisade Avenue across from City Hall. The Mayor and Board of Commissioners invite the public to join them as they raise the Cuban flag in solidarity with Cubans all around the world.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
How dow do you feel about the Welfare System?
It’s enabling poverty: 80%
It’s terrible: 20%
What do you think of Rev. Al Sharpton?
A complete joke: 90%
I don’t know anything about him: 10%
Friday, June 3, 2016
It promises to be a great afternoon of Cuban culture up-close and personal. You don't need to be Cuban to enjoy.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Provocative New Film Premieres in Union City
"Bahía de Cochinos, Nuestra Perspectiva"
("Bay of Pigs, Our perspective")
(Union City, NJ) MeLu Films and The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. present the World Premiere screening of the documentary "Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra perspectiva" on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, NJ. Free Admission. Refreshments served. Free parking at the Parking Deck located on 23rd Street between Summit & Kerrigan Avenues. The cast and crew of the film will be present.
"Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra perspectiva" is a documentary film about the Bay of pigs as told through the eyes of Cuban Exiles who actually participated in the invasion. Now, many years later, they contemplate the happenings and share their individual satires and feelings with us. That story comes at a price, a price we ask them if they would be willing to pay again. When all is said and done, are these past invaders resentful? Do they cast any blame? Who lost most in the Bay of Pigs invasion?
Featured in the film is testimony by members of the 2506 Brigade: Ángel Casabona Ruiz, Isidoro López González, Ricardo Montero Duque, Raúl Puig Sánchez, and Alvin Ross Diaz; as well as Sergio Gatria, director of the Cuban Information Center. Their stories are moving and shed light of the infamous Bay of Pigs Invasion. The film is bound to create some serious dialogue about what truly lies behind the events leading up to the invasion and the fallout thereafter.
The film is directed by renowned Cuban director, Ricardo Bacallao and Lucio Fernandez; and produced by MeLu Films and The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.; Megan Fernandez, Executive Producer. The entire film crew was from Hudson County. The producers held a pre-release screening of the film in 2015 to get feedback before completing the project this month.
(Please note: this film is presented in Spanish, but informational materials in English will be handed out prior to the screening; and all discussions will be conducted in both English & Spanish.)
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When asked, "How do you feel about the Lives Matter Movement?", 50% of respondents said it was reverse racism, and the other 50% believed it was a ridiculous movement. Many folks who wrote us said they believed it was an excuse for violence, and some felt that both the welfare system and political correctness are destroying this country. One person wrote that this "movement' was dividing the country and creating more harm than good, and that images of black youth destroying and looting property does not help.
When asked, "Who would you most likely vote for president?", 85% of respondents said Donald Trump to a mere 15% said Hillary Clinton.
When asked, "What is the news organization you most trust?", 75% of respondents said FOX News and 25% said BBC.