New Jersey Election Day is almost upon us.

During this past year, you may have made your first nervous call to a legislator, shown up at a rally and promised to not keep silent about issues important to you. At NCJW/Essex, we have continued to raise our voices about some of the issues we care about: women’s access to reproductive health care, gun safety, voting rights, and economic equality for the most vulnerable — to name just a few. However, it’s easy to let our advocacy slip away as we go about our busy lives. How do we keep up the pressure?

The answer is to VOTE. Election Day is a chance to reinvigorate yourself with a trip to the polls and to exercise your most fundamental right as an American citizen — the right to vote. This November 7th, all statewide NJ elected offices, including Governor and Lt. Governor, are up for election. Unfortunately, turnout for NJ non-presidential elections is dismally low — only 20.8% of eligible voters showed up to vote in 2015.

Do you have friends and family members who aren’t registered to vote? Keep voter registration forms handy to encourage them to register — you can even offer to help fill it out and drop it in the mail! Remember — the deadline to register to vote is October 17th. Use social media in a respectful way to remind your contacts to get out on Election Day. And when you head out the door to cast your vote, call some friends and make a carpool!

Remember, November 7th is your chance to speak up with your strongest voice — your VOTE.

Visit www.njelections.org to obtain voter registration and vote by mail applications.

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NCJW/Essex ‘Education to Empowerment’ Program Continues to Assist Women

Livingston, NJ, April 2, 2015 – Grace De La Forterie of Caldwell was among the first applicants to the NCJW/Essex ‘Education to Empowerment’ program, known as E2E in the fall of 2013. The E2E program has the goal of providing women with an educational certificate leading to employment. NCJW/Essex pays a portion of the fees through a generous grant from the State of New Jersey Division on Women so that participants may enroll in an educational opportunity of their choice.

Ms. De La Forterie pursued a certification to become a licensed massage therapist. She attended the Anthem Institute in Parsippany which offers career-focused education and training programs in healthcare and technology fields. She passed her certification test with flying colors and within a day she started full-time employment in her field.

The E2E program is administered by the Linda and Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women.  To be eligible, participants must be women residing in Essex County who are either widowed, divorced, separated, or have a husband with a disability or in the military. Women in the program have pursued education in medical billing, accounting, bookkeeping, project management, and allied health professions among other fields. Participants are also entitled to receive career services offered by the Center.

For more information about the E2E program, please call the Linda and Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women, (973) 994-4994 or visit www.centerforwomenNJ.org.

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