Event: What is Islam and Who are the Muslims?

On Saturday, April 21 from 1 – 4 PM, Masjidullah Plainfield will be hosting an event at Emerson Community School – “What is Islam and who are the Muslims?” According to organizer Maxine Salaam, there will be insights on Islam offered by a panel of speakers, refreshing spoken word performances, and an exciting art exhibit.…

Plainfield Anti-Violence Coalition to Honor Dr. King Wednesday

On Wednesday, April 4th, the Plainfield Anti-Violence Coalition will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. “We must keep King’s vision of economic justice, fair and decent housing, and social justice alive,” said Coalition Chairman Norman Deen Muhammad. The memorial will…

Books, Barbers, & Dads

The Plainfield Public Schools Office of Early Childhood has launched a new initiative designed to increase the engagement of fathers as well as improve early literacy development by creating child-friendly reading spaces at the local barbershops in Plainfield. According to Early Childhood Director Evelyn Motley, each of the preschool centers has committed to set up…

Part-time mayor, Full-time salary

Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp and the Plainfield City Council want a raise. Most notably, Mayor Mapp would like he and his mayoral successors to make $75,000. The $145,000 in raises for elected officials come with no increase in responsibilities. They are still part-time positions. If this ordinance passes on second reading, our part time mayor…

Plainfield Commemorates 1967 Rebellion

On the afternoon of Saturday, July 15, around thirty residents gathered at the corner of Plainfield Avenue and West Fourth Street to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Plainfield rebellion of 1967. The commemoration was lead by the Plainfield Anti-Violence Coalition. Elena Rutherford and I took the pictures you will see here. I apologize for…

Rebellion to be Commemorated Today

Today, Saturday July 15, the Plainfield Anti-Violence Coalition will lead a commemoration of the Plainfield Rebellion, which took place exactly 50 years ago. The commemoration will take place at the corner is Plainfield Avenue and West Fourth Street at 5pm, and attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items if possible.

Fourth of July 2017

On Tuesday starting at 10am, Plainfield held its 94th annual Fourth of July Parade. I took some pictures along the route down Front Street. Sorry for the lackluster captions and narrative as didn’t have much time after editing.