Phil Garber

Phil has been a daily and weekly journalist for more than 40 years and has won the journalist of the year award twice from the New Jersey Press Association.He was born in New York City but followed his family to Bergen County when he was a wee boy and lived there before venturing out into the world and college. He enjoys watching sports as he is over the hill regarding participating although he did work out regularly in the gym and will resume when the COVID 19 is gone.


David Valdes is a Cuban-American playwright and author. He’s written about family, race, and LGBTQ issues for the New York Times, Boston Globe, and HuffPo.


John Flora

John is Grammy-nominated music teacher who has dedicated his life to working with inner-city youth in his hometown of Jersey City, NJ. He has become more politically active as national conversations around climate change, systemic racism, and campaign finance reform have come into clearer focus.

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David Valdes