We are pleased to announce that we have changed our name to STAND Central New Jersey (STAND CNJ), proudly embodying our purpose to “Stand and Take Action Now for Democracy.”

In November 2016, we formed as a regional group representing six counties to fight for progressive values and to mobilize at the grassroots level. However, as a regional group under our previous name, Action Together Central New Jersey (ATCNJ), we were not an official affiliate of Action Together NJ, which is structured as a state/individual county organization.

Our commitment to supporting the entire Central New Jersey region is integral to our strategic mission. Our six counties represent 40 percent of New Jersey’s state legislative districts. We believe this is an effective way to organize, since legislative and Congressional districts are not drawn by county lines. Thus, we have the ability to work more broadly, reaching regional, county, congressional and state legislative districts. At the same time, we will continue to partner with county and state groups, such as Action Together New Jersey, as well as nationwide networks that share our goals. By working together, we can make a difference on a larger scale.

STAND CNJ has an active, energetic volunteer base that reaches across our six counties — Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset, Hunterdon. Our membership is nearly 800 and growing. Our teams range from education and advocacy to research and events, such as teach-ins and workshops – all geared toward constituency empowerment that impacts the state and national conversation and enacts change from the ground up.

Most importantly, our name, STAND CNJ, reflects our mission: to support our democracy by fighting for social justice, economic opportunity, and basic human rights for all. Through education, partnerships, actions and initiatives, we will affect elections and issues at the local and state levels to improve lives in NJ. Together, our efforts will help build a stronger, more progressive NJ that can shape policy and discourse more powerfully at the national level.

Join us as we move forward and STAND for Central New Jersey.