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ECEA Human & Civil Rights Committee Dinner/Workshop
Nanina's in the Park | Belleville, NJ
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
It was a wonderful celebration at the first in-person Human & Civil Rights Committee Dinner/Workshop after two years.
We were grateful to have Gary Melton Sr. the Manager of the NJEA Human & Civil Rights, Governance Division kick off by leading us with National Black Anthem of “Lift Every Voice”…
Also Larry Hamm was the keynote speaker and always delivers a powerful message.
It was great to welcome some of our former Executive Leadership back with our current leadership tonight.
Our former 1st VP Kim Scott-Hayden received received the 1st Jacqui Greadington Human & Civil Rights Award for her many years as an ECEA officer and in all levels in education profession.
ECEA ESP COMMITTEE 1ST ANNUAL ESP GALA
RITCHFIELD REGENCY | VERONA, NJ
FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2022
MEMBERS AROUND THE COUNTY
NJEA MAY 2022 REVIEW
Our PR/Webmaster Sabina Ellis who is also the chair of the NJEA Technology Committee has a great article in the MAY NJEA REVIEW where they have launched a "TechTalks" Series where they will be releasing educational tech platform videos that will be featured on the NJEA YouTube page.
The Pride Committee Sponsored a Gender Sexuality Alliance Forum
NJEA LGBTQIA+ Issues Conference
June 3-4, 2022
Attendees will be armed with the tools needed to battle the misinformation being spread about curriculum, creating a space for our veteran LGBTQIA+ advocates and their allies to interact and share their successes with rank and file members.
We especially encourage queer NJEA members who are struggling to be their authentic selves to attend and learn from some of New Jersey’s most accomplished social justice advocates.
4 p.m. – Registration
6 p.m. – Dinner
7 p.m. – Welcome
7:30 p.m. – Out at Work: Queer Voices In and Out of the Classroom
8:30 p.m. – Entertainment / Networking
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
9 a.m. – Session 1
10:30 a.m. – Break
11 a.m. – Session 2
12:30 p.m. – Lunch
ECEA LEGISLATIVE DINNER
TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2022
We held our annual Legislative Dinner on Tuesday, April, 5, 2022 that took place at Nanina's in the Park in Belleville, NJ. This was our first in-person event since the pandemic.
We had a few invited guest: Senator Nia Gill , Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake , Assemblyman Ralph Caputo and Assemblyman John McKeon who provided insight and answered questions from members.
There were few presentations as well...
ECEA presented the Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition and appreciation of his years of outstanding service to the members of Essex County EA.
Also our Government Relations Co-Chair Jackie White was presented for her distinguished service to Education by an Educator in recognition and appreciation of her outstanding service to children and education professionals at all levels of endeavors.
We continued to celebrate our President Anthony Rosamilia on his dedication and service to all member of Essex County.
Our own Madam NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Petal Robertson provided another motivation speech of owning your POWER and encouraged all members to contribute to PAC.
We closed out the evening with our Congressional Contact Co-Chair Jennifer Bailey providing positive remarks.
Thank you to our Government Relations Co-Chairs Jackie White and Chris Cannella for a great event!
IT WAS A NIGHT OF CELEBRATION AT THE MARCH 30, 2022
REP COUNCIL MEETING
The ECEA Executive Board unanimously decided to rename the ECEA Bargaining Team Award in honor of our President Anthony Rosamilia to the Anthony Rosamilla Bargaining Team of the Year in recognition of his 10+ years that he has successfully led ECEA as President and leading Livingston EA to the 2021 NJEA Jim George Award.
In recognition and appreciation for her advocacy and furthering Human & Civil Rights. The ECEA Human & Civil Rights Award will be renamed the Jacqui Greadington Human & Civil Rights Award!
CONGRATULATIONS! WELL DESERVED!
Our Essex County Delegates took a moment from the Delegate Assembly on Saturday, March 19, 2022 to take a photo with NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Petal Robertson
Congratulations to our 2nd VP Chris Cannella for being elected to the NEA Board of Directors at the NJEA Delegate Assembly that took place on Saturday, March 19, 2022
ECEA's Membership & New Member Engagement Committees
Virtual Paint & Sip Event Recap
ECEA's Membership (Linda Kelly-Gamble-Chair) & New Member Engagement Committees (Stephanie Ross-Chair) held a virtual Paint & Sip Event on Saturday, February 5, 2022. Natasha of The Loaded Canvas provided a great experience by engaging members with a Valentine's theme painting.
They had over 40 members in attendance; however, 65 members signed up. Natasha of Loaded Canvas emailed those that were not in attendance a step-by-step instructional video to follow at their leisure. Lastly, this event contributed to better mental health with her patience and kind voice of our Artist Natasha.
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
Check out the February 2022 Issue of the NJEA Review. Another great article under the Rainbow Connection where our LGBTQ+ Chair & NJEA SOGI Committee-Essex Chair Micah Gary-Fryer details his story and journey of his identity of his pedagogy.
Check out the February 2022 Issue of the NJEA Review. Congrats to our Pride Chair for writing an article on how Irvington EA Pride Committee “feeds minds, body and souls of the community.
At ECEA's Rep. Council held on Thursday, December 16, 2021 we recognized and celebrated Livingston EA for being the co-winners of the 2021 NJEA Jim George Collective Bargaining Award.
We were able to celebrate and recognize Theresa Maughan the 2021-2022 NJ State Teacher of the Year who is a High School Social Studies teacher at East Orange STEM Academy at ECEA's Rep. Council Meeting held on Thursday, December 16, 2021
Our Executive Team was in California for the NCUEA Conference that took place from December 1-4, 2021. They took time to share a moment with Morgan Jerkins who is a NJ native and a New York Times bestselling author of "Wandering in Strange Lands" and Senior Culture Editor at ESPN’s The Undefeated.
On, Wednesday, October 13, 2021 Members of the Essex County Retirees Education Association (ECREA) held their annual food drive and donated "Soup for Seniors" to the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry located at 315 Main Street.
West Orange Board of Education President Terry Trigg-Scales helped to coordinate the drive and dropped off the donations.
Congratulations to the Livingston Education Association for being the co-winner of the 2021 NJEA Jim George Collective Bargaining Award.
We are excited for our County President Anthony Rosamilia and the members of Livingston EA.
Congratulations to our 1st VP Kim Scott-Hayden on being named the 2021 NEA ESP of the Year!
ESSEX COUNTY MEMBERS MAKING HEADLINES
Congratulations to our 1st VP for being the 2021 NJEA ESP of Year! We love and admire your advocacy for ALL educators and students!
ESSEX COUNTY MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
Here is an important message from our President
Like most Americans, I have been heartbroken and angry over the events of the last several days. On behalf of the twelve thousand members of the Essex County Education Association I would like to express solidarity with our black students and their families who I know are hurting right now.
The ECEA and its members work every day to fight for equity in funding, facilities, opportunities, and educational outcomes for our black students. It is not easy work as institutional racism and poverty are powerful opponents. Today, I reaffirm our commitment to advance the causes of racial and social justice in our classrooms, schools, and communities.
We look forward to the day when our communities and country live up to the promise of equality. Until then, know that we stand with the people who are hurting and with those who are working toward a more perfect union, whether they be leaders of government, law enforcement, faith, or education.
Essex County Education Association