May 30, 2020

“The Lack of Liberty and Justice For All…”

The heinous murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man suffocated to death while complying with the orders of his four arresting officers from the Minneapolis police force, is a telling example of what Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor describes as “the failure of the state to protect black people and the preying on black people by the police” (The New York Times, May 29, 2020).  We, Roselleans, must catalyze and continue working hand-in-hand with the Borough Administration and the Roselle Police Department.   This “Work Together” is to ensure that these kinds of tragedies do not happen in Roselle.  It is to ensure that we continue to uphold that “Black Lives Matter” in Roselle.  I am, therefore, calling on all religious, economic, political and social organizations and enterprises to join forces together and hold at bay the evils of racism and bigotry from our borough.

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As the Vice Chairman of the Roselle Planning Board, I have been working diligently with Mayor Christine Dansereau and the Borough Council to make Roselle a place where people can live, work, grow, and play safely and peacefully.  To date, we have been part of some concrete initiatives, projects, and stellar examples in this effort including; the sanctuary city, the Office of Hispanic-Latino Affairs, the first African American Fire Chief, the first Haitian firefighter.  I have been focusing energy with my colleagues on finding permanent solutions that will bring about racial equality and justice for all of our residents.  I wish to do more, and that is why I am urging you to elect me as your Third Ward Councilman on July 7th.

Together, let’s continue to move Roselle the Right Way Forward.  I am urging you to let your voice be heard safely before July 7th by voting for COLUMN A on your mail-in ballot.  


Thank you for your support,


Yvan Ducheine, MD; MBA