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Acct. ID: 370413

Notice ID: 16968

Category: Action

Posted: March 11th., 2010

This Notice has been viewed 533 times
Show Your Support for Pagan Rights

Proclaimed by: Central NJ Pagan Pride
Proclaimed from: Manalapan, New Jersey


Proclamation...

Show your Support for Pagan Rights!

On March 17th, 2010, the New Jersey State Board of Education will be voting to either approve or deny the new 2010-11 list of approved holidays. Thanks to the efforts of many in the community, following an incident starting with Elena Ottinger and her local School District, the State Board is now considering adding all 8 Sabbats to the official calendar, which would allow Parents the right to have their children excused from school so they may celebrate the Sabbats without penalty, and without fear of discrimination from school officials.

We need YOUR support!

Central and South Jersey Pagan Pride Projects are uniting as Pagan Pride New Jersey to lead the effort to see this measure approved. If approved, New Jersey will be one of the FIRST States to formally recognize the holidays celebrated by many Wiccans and Pagans in the education system.

How you can Help

We want the State Board of Education to know that we, the citizens and parents of New Jersey support this measure, and expect them to ensure our rights as they do for numerous other religious groups.

1. Write, Call, or Email!

You can voice your support and concern by contacting the NJ State Board of Education, describing your concern over this matter, and the importance of equality and inclusion. While incidents of exclusion or discrimination may not take place in every school district, the fact that is has and can happen in ANY school district is unacceptable and it is the duty of the State Board of Education to ensure it does not happen. Your letters should encourage the BoE to include the Wiccan/Pagan Sabbats in their list, and provide the generally accepted dates and names of the Sabbats.

You can contact the NJ State Board of Education at:

NJ Department of Education
PO BOX 500
TRENTON, NJ 08625
(609) 292-4469

or an email form: http://www.state.nj.us/education/parents/contact.htm

More phone #s:
http://www.state.nj.us/education/genfo/about.htm


2. Phone Rally

On March 16th, the day BEFORE this critical vote, we encourage as many of you as possible to call the Board of Education voicing your support for this and encouraging them to see it through! Let them know we are here, we care, and want them to do the right thing.

3. Rally of Support!

On Wednesday, March 17th, 2010- most people will be wearing Green for the St. Patrick's Day holiday. We ask you to meet us in Trenton to attend the Public Meeting of the Board of Education Wearing PURPLE to show your Pagan Pride and support for this cause! The Board of Education Meeting will take place at 10:00am, New Jersey Department of Education 100 River View Plaza, Trenton, NJ 08625. We ask everyone to arrive an hour before the start of their meeting, 9:00am, so we can organize. We will want to fill as many seats as possible in the meeting to show our support and help give the Board of Education an idea of just how many Pagans there are in New Jersey!
Contact Information

Coordinators for Central and South Jersey Pagan Pride can be reached at:

Central NJ Pagan Pride Project, Inc.
www.cnjpaganpride.org
board@cnjpaganpride.org
Coordinator Contact:
Rev. Matthew Bartky
mbartky@cnjpaganpride.org

South Jersey Pagan Pride Project
www.southjerseypaganpride.org
southjerseypaganpride@gmail.com
Coordinator Contact:
Rev. Amie Tolomeo
southjerseypaganpride@gmail.com

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Directions to the New Jersey Department of Education
New Jersey Department of Education

100 River View Plaza
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500

From South Jersey Rt. 295

Take Route 295 N. to Rt. 195 W. to Rt. 29 N. toward Trenton.
Proceed on Rt. 29 N. through the tunnel staying in the left lane.
At the first light after exiting the tunnel (Cass Street) , turn left and enter the River View complex (where Waterfront Park is located) . Follow the perimeter road and go to the last blue building on the left which is the Department of Education (DOE) .
There is a visitor’s lot between the DOE and Katmandu restaurant. If full, you may park in the garage across from building 100.
From East NJ and NJ Turnpike

Take NJ Turnpike to exit 7A (Route 195 west) .
Proceed on Rt. 195 W. to Route 29 N. toward Trenton.
Follow steps 2-4 above.
From Route 1

If north of Trenton, follow Route 1 S. and take exit at right for Route 129 S.
Proceed on Rt. 129 S. to Cass St. which is the second traffic light.
Turn right on Cass St. and take it straight into the River View complex.
Follow the perimeter road and go to the last blue building on the left which is the Department of Education (DOE) .
There is a visitor’s lot between the DOE and Katmandu restaurant. If full, you may park in the garage across from building 100.
From Pennsylvania

Take Route 1 across the bridge into NJ and take Rt. 29 S.
The department is just down the hill on the right and next to Katmandu restaurant.
Turn right at the light into the complex. There is a visitor’s lot between the DOE and Katmandu restaurant. If full, you may park in the garage across from building 100.
From Pennsylvania from 95 N.

Take Interstate 95 N. into New Jersey.
Get off at the first exit which is Rt. 29 S. (immediately after the bridge into NJ) .
Proceed to River View Plaza which is on the right approximately 6.5 miles.
Turn right at the light into the complex. There is a visitor’s lot between the DOE and Katmandu restaurant. If full, you may park in the garage across from building 100.

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