NEWSLETTER — April 16, 2021 — NEW Defending Democracy Event (4/22): All About Town Councils

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How many times have you seen neighbors riling themselves up, grabbing pitchforks and torches to storm the council meeting at Town Hall … only to find out later that the town council had nothing to do with the issue they were all so enraged about?


How often have you heard about some grossly inflated line-item in your town budget … but not till after the public comment period was long past, the matter decided, and your tax bill even more jaw-dropping?

How many campaign leaflets have been tucked in your door handle with high-falutin’ slogans and beaming xeroxed faces of council candidates, and how many times have you thought, That guy!?”

It’s time for all of that to change. Town Councils are a fundamental building block of our municipal governments. They have tremendous power over how our towns function, over the bills we pay, and over the character of our towns. 

Isn’t it time we all understood how they worked? Isn’t it time we started to make our voices heard on a municipal level, both as constituents and as candidates and elected officials?

NJ 11th for Change is pleased to announce its latest Defending Democracy panel discussion: "Everything You Wanted to Know About Town Councils (But Were Afraid to Ask)," a Zoom event scheduled for Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:30pm.

Moderator Julie Burstein

Peabody Award-winning journalist Julie Burstein will be talking with town council members from Essex, Morris, Passaic, and Sussex Counties about their experiences running for office and serving their communities. Topics will include:

  • variations in how different municipalities structure their local councils
  • what is and is not under a town council's jurisdiction
  • what goes on behind the scenes
  • how townspeople can stay informed about upcoming council decisions
  • how constituents can communicate effectively with council members to make change
  • what YOU should be doing NOW if you are considering running for council someday

Panelists include:

Please join us for this eye-opening civics lesson about a little-understood, often confusing, but very important aspect of our local government.

Space is limited! Reserve your spot here to get the Zoom link!

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