Candidate Kaper-Dale Accompanies Deportee's Son to Capitol Hill Press Event



WASHINGTON, D.C, JUNE 13, 2017 -- Gubernatorial Candidate Seth Kaper-Dale accompanied 13-year old Joel Massie, the son of a recently deported Indonesian refugee to an America's Voice Father's Day event in Washington, DC Tuesday. Kaper-Dale and Massie were invited by America's Voice, along with NJ Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Representatives Pallone and Gutierrez to highlight the effects of deportation of migrants. Kaper-Dale is a pastor who most recently gained national attention when Indonesian community members, who previously took sanctuary in his church for 11-months, were deported by ICE.

Kaper-Dale's speech included the following: "We need to stand up against reckless deportation; we're experiencing ethnic and racial cleansing, American style."

The pastor-candidate has been associated for years with his activism. Since becoming a candidate he has been described as "the only progressive running" and "the Bernie of New Jersey". His platform seeks justice for immigrants, refugees, and asylees, including a single-payer healthcare plan that extends to the undocumented, and a plan for legal drivers licenses for this group. Kaper-Dale is determined to make New Jersey a Sanctuary State by prohibiting state law enforcement from conducting activities on behalf of I.C.E. among other advancements for migrant rights. His policies all are dedicated to dynamizing the state's economy, in addition to making it a safe place for all residents. He promises a $15/hour minimum wage for all, including people serving jail time, and a plan for renewable energy aimed at lowering NJ's carbon footprint by 20% during his first term, distinguishing him from the Democratic and Republican candidates.

Senator Menendez had the following to say at the event: "I'm glad we are here to raise our voices, and not be complicit in President Trump's mass deportation agenda." Representative Pallone informed the audience that he and Representative Maloney have reintroduced the Indonesian Refugee Family Protection Act, which Kaper-Dale helped to write in 2012.

Yesterday, after Kaper-Dale participated in his community's weekly Monday sunrise protest outside of Elizabeth Detention Center, he got word that the NJ Division of Elections certified that he is on the ballot in one of the only two gubernatorial elections in the country November 7th, 2017.

Kaper-Dale Calls Out Murphy, Guadagno, Prepares to Square Off

Press Release
June 8, 2017

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ-- As Phil Murphy and Kim Guadagno became the nominees for their respective parties for the general election in November, gubernatorial candidate Seth Kaper-Dale wasted no time in bringing their flaws to light. 
While hosting an online town hall, Kaper-Dale was asked, "What makes your platform better than Phil Murphy's?" His response, "Everything makes my platform better than Phil Murphy's. And I mean that." He continued, "The fact that a Goldman Sachs the so-called 'progressive candidate' is offensive...we have people who can hardly make it in this state...he does not believe in single payer medicare for all…because he is a friend to the health insurance industry…" 
Kaper-Dale is a strong advocate for single-payer medicare for all. 
Kaper-Dale, whose platform includes raising the minimum wage to $15, ending mass incarceration and the legalization of marijuana, has gained national attention for his work with Indonesian refugees who sought asylum in his church. 
Kaper-Dale will face-off against what his Communications Director defined as, "A corporate billionaire, and a Christie-redux," in the general election in November. 
The two were nominated primary elections in which only approximately 13% of eligible voters participated.  In Murphy's case, he was nominated with less than half of the voters in the Democratic Primary.
Overwhelming support was most recently shown for Kaper-Dale when he asked Facebook supporters for $10,000 in a week, up until the day after the primary, and not only met, but exceeded his goal. 


Pastor-Candidate First to be on General Election Ballot

Press Release
May 22, 2017

TRENTON, NJ -- Gubernatorial candidate Seth-Kaper Dale delivered his petitions to the Division of Elections formalizing his candidacy. Kaper-Dale is running with the Green Party of New Jersey and is not required to participate in the June primaries. 

Kaper-Dale submitted over 1,700 signatures, a testament to the support he has received thus far; Kaper-Dale is the most popular Green Party candidate to run for Governor in New Jersey to date. 

Kaper-Dale's campaign manager, Geoff Herzog, made this statement following the submission of his petitions: 

"People are tired of the corrupt two-party duopoly that has occupied not only New Jersey, but this country for so long. Even if a well-meaning candidate manages to win the Democratic nomination, his hands would be tied due to the personal profit interests of the party bosses. It is time for a true outsider, someone who works for the interests of the people, and listens to them. Seth is that guy. On the phones and in the streets we are meeting thousands of people who are fed up with establishment politics and millionaires pretending to be progressive." 

Kaper-Dale is a pastor at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, and has gained national recognition myriad times, most recently when one of the Indonesian immigrants who took sanctuary was deported by ICE last week. 

Kaper-Dale had the following to say:

"It is tragedies, like tearing the Massie family apart that made me decide I'm running for governor. We're excited to see what the future holds. This is a fight for justice; my "last are first" slogan represents the lens I've used to look at the world for a long time. People who are left out need to be a priority for any civilized society.  This is not going to be an easy fight, but it's going to be a fight that we are ready to win. We appreciate all of the support we have gotten thus far, and we look forward to it continuing to grow." 

The New Jersey's gubernatorial election will take place on November 7, 2017. 

Kaper-Dale Policy Ranked Best in Environmental Survey

Press Release
May 17, 2017

Highland Park, NJ -- According to Food and Water Action Fund's (FWAF) recently released assessment, demonstrates that gubernatorial candidate Seth Kaper-Dale has the most environmentally friendly platform out of those candidates who chose to answer the survey. 

According to FWAF, only one of the candidates from the two dominant parties scored as well as Kaper-Dale. "Despite several requests, presumed Democratic frontrunner Phil Murphy did not complete the survey, leaving open questions about his positions on several key issues. The survey was not returned by any of the Republican candidates, including leading contenders Kim Guadagno and Jack Ciattarelli.", their website stated.  

Kaper-Dale responded to the analysis in saying: 

"It is not being on the Green Party ticket that defines my position on the environment rather our 'Last are First' principles. The environment has been put last for too long; so much so that some call NJ the garbage state.  We need to restore the title of 'Garden State.' We thank Food and Water Action Fund for its work as a pioneer regarding the environment in NJ, and for giving the people some insight on where we candidates stand on the issues." 

The link to the assessment in addition to the graphic can be found below, and lists the issue each candidate addressed and uses a color system to shows their support/lack thereof. 

Kaper-Dale for Governor's Campaign Manager, Geoff Herzog, had the following to say: 

"It's disgusting the Goldman Sachs candidate is claiming to be progressive, but couldn't take the time to respond to this important survey from a leading progressive organization in New Jersey. We know Seth's the best candidate, maybe now the media will begin to better inform the voters about our campaign, so that they can make the best choice come November." 

Kaper-Dale is a pastor at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, and first gained national recognition in 2012, following his church became a sanctuary for Indonesian immigrants who were threatened with deportation. 

The New Jersey gubernatorial election will take place on November 7, 2017. 

9 things we learned from listening to 9 governor candidates on 1 stage

The following is an excerpt from originally published May 2, 2017.

With New Jersey's primary election barely a month away, nine of the 11 major party candidates hoping to replace Gov. Chris Christie gathered on Monday night to field questions about how they'd lead the nation's most densely populated state.

Appearing at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center were both Democrats and Republicans, including former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy; former U.S. Treasury Undersecretary Jim Johnson; state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), Tenafly borough council president Mark Zinna, and community activist Bill Brennan.

Republicans including Commissioner Steve Rogers (R-Nutley) and defense aerospace engineer Hirsh Singh were joined by Green Party candidate Rev. Seth Kaper Dale


At Social Justice Forum Democrats Make Time To Pile On Frontrunner

The following is an excerpt from NJ Spotlight originally published May 2, 2017

The first forum of the campaign season featured all six Democrats hopefuls for their party’s gubernatorial nomination: frontrunner Phil Murphy, Assemblyman John Wisniewski of Middlesex County, Sen. Raymond Lesniak of Union County, former federal treasury official Jim Johnson, Tenafly Councilman Mark Zinna, and Bill Brennan of Wayne Also in attendance were Republicans Steve Rogers and Hirsh Singh and Green Party nominee Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, who won’t appear on the primary ballot.

Not attending were three Republicans: Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli of Somerset County, and Joseph “Rudy” Rullo.

Billed not as a debate, but as a “conversation about social justice,” the candidates sat in chairs for the two-hour event until questioned, then walked around the stage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark with a microphone to answer, as in a town hall-style event.

The evening was sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and the NAACP New Jersey State Conference and featured four questions on the issue of social justice.

Read more at NJ Spotlight

Criminalizing our best neighbors in Trump World | Editorial

The following is an excerpt from originally published March 19, 2017.

There is a small band of exceptional people in Middlesex County who rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy for free, as part of their work with the Reformed Church of Highland Park.

There is no saintlier conduct than this. At a time when we seem to have lost our way - where distrust is the tenet of a creeping nationalism - these are the people who provide daily reminders of what it means to be good neighbors and good Americans.

Donald Trump classifies them as criminals.

They're unauthorized immigrants from places like Indonesia, Burkina Faso, Sri Lanka, and Kenya, many have been here for decades, and they're scared. New Jersey hasn't been targeted for deportation raids (yet) but with 500,000 such people - many under final deportation orders - it's doubtful they'll be overlooked much longer.


Under Obama, They Were Check-ins. Under Trump, They Could Mean Deportation.

The following is an excerpt from WNYC  originally published March 15, 2017.

Harry Pangemanan was never all that handy. But after Sandy hit, he started cleaning up along the Jersey Shore. He learned from volunteers who came from across the country how to hang drywall and install a bathroom. The 46-year-old father of two would go on to lead the rebuilding of about 200 homes in neighborhoods affected by the storm.

"If community comes together, community helps together, then everything we think is impossible is possible," Pangeman said as he revealed his latest rebuild in Keyport last month. 

Pangemanan, who lives in Highland Park, N.J., runs a church nonprofit that does this kind of work. His staff is made up of refugees from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Burkina Faso, volunteering their time. Some in the group worry they won't be able to continue their work given President Trump's tough immigration policy. But it's Pangemanan himself who is in the crosshairs of the federal government. 

Pangemanan, an immigrant from Indonesia who is in the country illegally, is one of thousands who are required to periodically check in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. It's a strategy that allows ICE to track those with deportation orders who are not deemed security threats.

Read more at WNYC.

Hamilton church volunteers denied entry to U.S. so they wouldn't 'steal American jobs'

The following is an excerpt from CBC originally published on March 13, 2017.

A group of church volunteers from Hamilton heading south to do relief work were denied entry to the U.S. for fear they would take American construction jobs, said a spokesperson for the church.

The 12-person contingent from Hamilton's Rehoboth United Reformed Church was travelling by road on the morning of Saturday, March 11, to New Jersey. 

Erik Hoeksema, the church's outreach director who was travelling with the group, said they intended to spend March break cleaning up and rehabilitating neighbourhoods affected by Hurricane Sandy.

U.S. border law says Canadians do not require a visa to enter the country for volunteer work, as long as they can provide proof that their work will not be compensated.

'If you can't get a church van with 12 white folks through (the border), how much worse is it for any person of colour?'- Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, New Jersey

Hoeksema says the group was told they had failed to have a letter sent from the host church "paroling" them into the country.

Read more at CBC.