June 13, 2020
Dear Fellow Democrats,
I wanted to share this June 11 statement I issued in light of the posts by Joseph Russo of Stone Terrace, which came to light over the past couple days.
“On behalf of the Mercer County Democrats, who over the years have held events at The Stone Terrace, we condemn the hateful, ignorant and hurtful remarks posted by Joseph Russo. They do not represent the values, views or aspirations of our broad, diverse and caring Democratic Party or of our Nation.
At a time in our country’s history, when so many people are coming together to underscore the needs for racial justice and social equity, and to make positive fundamental change toward a more inclusive and accepting society, his posted comments are especially stunning and deplorable.
Mercer County Democrats would never, in the past or future, knowingly hold any of our events at an establishment which permits or enables this type of degradation of any group of people.”
In light of this current cloud over Stone Terrace, for whatever role it played in allowing or enabling racially hateful comments and attitudes, the Mercer County Democratic Committee Executive Committee has determined to move the venue for our next event from Stone Terrace to Coopers View in Trenton. We are hopeful that health and safety conditions related to the pandemic will allow us to once again come together on Wednesday, October 14, to celebrate our Party’s Rising Stars and to rally for our upcoming November victories, details to come.
I wanted to share an upcoming zoom meeting event, sponsored by the Capital City Area Black Caucus, to be held on Sunday, June 14 at 6 p.m. on Racial Crisis in America: “Do You Hear Me Now? It’s Time to Begin Again.” See Flyer details below.
We all need to stand together, to value every human life, to effectively engage — toward a changed society which provides truly fair and equitable social, political, economic, educational dignity and opportunity for all.
Mayor Janice S. Mironov
Mercer County Democratic Chairperson