Join ILNH in the New Hope Celebrates Pride Parade! Saturday, May 18 – Marchers meet on York Street between N. Union and Main St. in Lambertville at 11 am. Look for the ILNH crew and wear your rainbow ‘Vote’ shirts if you have them, or just wear the rainbow. We will have the big white truck again this year, but space is extremely limited and will only take those who have challenges making the trek through Lambertville and down S. Main, New Hope. Sign up on Facebook, and leave a comment if you need to ride.
New Springboard event scheduled! Mark your calendars for June 3 to attend the Springboard on Dark Money. Heather Santos from America’s Promise will be our expert and speaker. Learn more about the work of America’s Promise and their efforts to make the 28th Amendment to get big money out of politics a reality. Location is TBD, so stay tuned!
Support our Springboard partners and take action – ILNH has held three awesome SpringBoard events to date focusing on Immigration, Civil Rights and the NJ Budget. To hold these events, we rely on partner organizations for their expertise, and offer a means to amplify their work and support their organizations. Please consider taking on the calls to action or donating to these worthy organizations.
If you live in New Jersey, call or write your three legislators and the governor. Residents of Lambertville, East or West Amwell, or the Mercer County municipalities of Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence Township, Pennington, Trenton or West Windsor can find the contact info here: https://indivisiblelnh.com/contact-state-level/. If you live elsewhere in New Jersey, you can find your legislators for your municipality here: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp.
- IMMIGRATION – Partner: NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice
I support A4743 / S3229, which expands access to driver’s licenses. This bill would make sure that more New Jerseyans, regardless of status, to be tested, trained, and insured for a driver’s licenses.
It would create a safer New Jersey and allow residents to more fully engage in our economy and make our state stronger.
- CIVIL RIGHTS – Partners: Witness to Innocence and End The New Jim Crow NJ
I urge you to support A-314 and S-3261 restricting the use of isolated confinement in correctional facilities. Isolated confinement causes lasting physical and neurological effects and PTSD. Your support in ensuring passage of this important legislation is necessary to effectuate meaningful and overdue prison reform.
- NJ STATE BUDGET – Partner: NJ Policy Perspectives
I urge you to support the millionaires tax. Note: Senator Shirley Turner has endorsed the millionaires tax, write or call to thank her.
- The millionaires tax would affect less than 1% of NJ residents.
- It is supported by 70% of New Jerseyans.
- The NJ Legislature already voted for the tax 5 times (and Christie vetoed it).
- With the Trump tax scam, the richest 1% would still end up with a net tax cut, even with this tax.
- Rich people will not leave NJ because of the tax.
- The funds raised go into the Property Tax Relief Fund.
Note: NJPP will hold their Tax Fairness Advocacy Training in New Brunswick on May 19, at 10 am. Sign up here: https://njwec.salsalabs.org/taxfairnesstraining/index.html
ATTENTION! JUNE COMMUNITY GATHERING – The June Community Gathering will be held on Sunday, June 9, at the Lambertville Elks. The Elks building is around the corner from Cavallo Park where the “We Are One” picnic will be held the same day. The “We Are One” picnic celebrates the diversity of our community with music, food and childrens’ activities, and is organized by the Human Rights Council of Lambertville in partnership with Fisherman’s Mark. The picnic is held from 1-5 pm, so make plans to attend before or after you come to the Community Gathering.
Civil Rights Action Group – Learn more about Mass Incarceration through Books and Movies – The group had a successful book drive for their Books through Bars initiative – see the pix of some of the members getting ready to deliver some of the collection. In addition, the group is convening their first Book Club meeting on Tuesday May 14th. Stay tuned for more information on more Book Club meetings and an upcoming screening of 13th – a film that explores the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the U.S. at the Acme Screening Room in June.
Indivisible Liberty T-Shirts are still available – If you didn’t get one, or you know someone who’s coveted yours, both the red and green Lady Liberty versions are available in both men’s and women’s. Contact Cindi Sternfeld or pick one up at the Swag table at the Community Gathering.