For too long, lawmakers have prioritized the needs of corporations and special interests over those of workers, their families, and the broader economy. This trickle-down approach to policy making has resulted in new corporate tax cuts and loopholes, even in the current era of record-breaking corporate profits — and record-breaking inequality. What will it take to build a stronger, more inclusive economy that centers the needs of working families over corporate shareholders?

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Progress 2023: For the Many, Not the Few
October 18, 2023 | 3:00 PM 
School of Communication and Media Building,
Montclair State University

Co-hosted by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University, Progress 2023: For The Many, Not the Few, will feature a keynote presentation from Analilia Mejia, Co-Director, Center for Popular Democracy. The conversation will continue with a lively panel moderated by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen, featuring:
  • Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake, 34th Legislative District
  • Hon. Steven Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City
  • Hon. Sean Spiller, Mayor of Montclair and President of NJEA
  • Antoinette Miles, Interim State Director of New Jersey Working Families Party

From progressive taxation to expanding workers’ rights and beyond, Progress 2023 will pose innovative ideas and structural changes to build a New Jersey for the many, not the few. 

Keynote Speaker Analilia Mejia, Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy

Meet our keynote speaker, Analilia Mejia!

Analilia Mejia is the Co-Executive Director at the Center for Popular Democracy. She is a seasoned political strategist and Afro-Latina grassroots organizer focused on helping Black and Latinx working families who previously served as the Deputy Director of the Women’s Bureau at the Department of Labor under the Biden Administration. The Women’s Bureau is focused on policies and programs supporting women in the labor force. A daughter of immigrants, Analilia has dedicated her career to working toward a multiracial democracy and giving power to communities that have been historically excluded.

Analilia previously worked as the national political director for the Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign, helping to boost the campaign’s ground game and showing in key primary states through her oversight of a team of people leading individual state outreach and engagement campaigns. Following the end of the Sanders’ campaign, she joined the Biden Administration’s transition team to work on progressive outreach. From 2014 to 2019, she was the state director of the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, a state affiliate of the Working Families Party

NJPP is proud to offer all of our Progress 2023 events at no charge. Want to help make our events as inclusive as possible? Invest in Progress today by visiting or contacting Jennifer Fekete-Donners, Development Director, at to learn more.

Progress 2023 is made possible through support from: ACLU of New Jersey, Adriana Abizadeh, Communications Workers of America, Deb D’Arcangelo and Ed Dippold, Fair Share Housing Center, Hackensack Meridian Health, Heather Howard, Make the Road New Jersey, Marcia Marley, New Jersey Citizen Action, New Jersey Education Association, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, New Jersey Working Families Party, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central and Southern New Jersey, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Jon Shure and Janice Conklin, and Tara Dowdell Group.