I am grateful and honored that an essay of mine appears in this truly historic anthology of photographs and essays about the last 8 to 9 months of life in New Jersey and New York during the COVID-19 pandemic. Congratulations are due to author Lorraine Ash, Sherry Wachter (Contributor), and the 100 volunteers who helped to produce it!

My piece is titled "Protest - COVID Style.” It describes some of the challenges of campaigning for the U.S. Senate during the pandemic. In February, I participated at a protest at Camden County Community College, outside a $2500/plate fundraiser and a few months later, that same parking lot became a testing center for COVID-19.

The book is available on Amazon at Corona City: Voices from an Epicenter All proceeds from sales of this book will go toward hunger relief.

Here’s a brief description of the book from Amazon:

“This anthology chronicles life in New York and New Jersey, the nation’s first COVID-19 epicenter, during the four terrifying months of March through June 2020. Photographs capture the surreal landscapes and scenes in this usually thriving metropolis. Short writings lay bare the challenges, fears, losses, and triumphs of real people in their own words. Readers will meet COVID-19 survivors, frontline workers, business owners, journalists, mask makers, quarantined people, and many more. Emerging from this mosaic of voices is a grassroots history of an unprecedented time.”

The book would make a great holiday gift, not just for relatives and friends, but for everyone worried about where their next meal is coming from.

Editor's Note: Madelyn Hoffman, a seasoned activist, was director of the Grass-Roots Environmental Organization and director of New Jersey Peace Action. She was Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate in New Jersey in 1996. The following year she ran for New Jersey governor as a Green. She also ran as a Green for U.S. Senate in 2018, receiving 25,150 votes, and ran for the same seat again in 2020, receiving 38,288 votes with a 99% count to date. You can read more about Madelyn's achievements here.