Past President 2006-2010
Ms. Short has co-hosted “Essex County NOW,” a Newark Cablevision Program and her bi-weekly column “The Way It Is” has been published in the East Orange Record and in the commentary section of The Star-Ledger. She appeared on the nationally syndicated television program, “The Geraldo Show” as a panelist addressing important issues concerning women and race. She is also a frequent guest host on “Joy of Resistance” multi-cultural feminist radio program on WBAI independent radio.
Maretta has facilitated workshops regarding race, class, and gender during teach-ins at Ramapo College of New Jersey and Rutgers University, Newark Campus. She is a regular guest speaker in Women’s Studies courses on the subject of “Reproductive Rights and How it Relates to Women of Color and All Women” at Hudson Community College. She has advocated for the poor, senior citizens and disabled. In collaboration with Essex County College Wise Women’s Center, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) she organized an informative speak out for welfare recipients. Maretta has worked as the Office Manager in the NOW-NJ office in Trenton. She is also the co-chair for the Combating Racism Task Force for NOW-NJ.
Her Motto is: “You can give out but don’t give up.”