North Haledon—On Thursday night, under the pouring rain the Women Empowered Democratic Organization (WEDO) celebrated its 2nd annual Gala. The theme of the Gala was Diamonds and Denim, and you could see by the number of people who attended this event that everybody took their attires and theme serious. “ I can’t believe that is was over 2 years ago that a group of ladies decided to come together with the idea of forming an organization to encourage and empower Democratic Women to run for political office” stated WEDO President and Clifton Democratic Municipal Leader Lauren Murphy, who was received with loud cheers and applause from the crowd.
“Lauren I know your dedication not only to your job at social services, to your union, but also this organization that in just 2 years has helped a number of candidates get elected in Passaic County” Said John Currie Chairman of the Passaic County Democratic Committee. WEDO seems to have hit the ground running. They have already helped a number of candidates get elected, not only raising funds, but also doing phone banking, and canvassing where needed.
“We take our mission very serious because we want make sure that we empower women to get involved, to become leaders in their communities, and also run for office” Stated Ritzy Moralez-Diaz, Director of Constituent Services for Congressman Bill Pascrell, Passaic Municipal Leader, and also part of the WEDO executive board. WEDO has also being responsible for making thousands of phone calls last November to make sure that then Candidate for Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik was elected to office. All of the members of this organization take great responsibility in the task at hand, and due diligence they exercise when they are called to help one of their sisters, whenever or wherever needed in the county.
One of the members recognized last night was Ana Ramirez, one of the most active members who took it upon herself to take the WEDO logo and create a lapel pin that now all of the members wear very proud, and has become synonymous with their mission. The room at the Tides Banquet Hall where the event was held was full of emotions, but also full of joy with a crowd from very diverse background and ages, all looking to at a moment’s notice, answer the call from WEDO and go help one of their Democratic Sisters with whatever task is needed.
About the Author: Henry Sosa is an Automotive Finance Manager Turned into a graphics/web designer.Henry is a active and vocal advocate of human rights, Comprehensive immigration reform, and Equal Public Education for all. Henry is the Vice President of Team Vision, and organization that empowers young adults to get involved in their communities political process. He is also a member of PEOC which is a statewide organization that empowers parents to get involved in education and the school policies.