Contributed by Lisa Bergson. The ILNH Civil Rights team invites you to join us at the Lambertville Acme Screening Room (S. Union Street) on Sunday, June 30, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for the “13th”, the powerful documentary on mass incarceration directed by Ava DuVernay. “We’re giving you 150 years of racism in 100 minutes,” DuVernay told The Atlantic.  “This film was 150 years in the making.” “13th” will be ...
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Contributed by Lisa Bergson. When it comes to the election of critical judgeships in our recent primaries, Party-endorsed candidates – both Democrat and Republican — dominated.  In what is colloquially known as a “jungle primary”, they and four other candidates all cross-filed (running on both Democratic and Republican ballots), potentially confusing uninformed voters. In the end tally, Democratic voters contributed 37% of the ballots for Republican judges, with Republican voters ...
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Contributed by Deb Kline. The business world has extolled the benefits of diversity for the past decade or more. Encouraged by the findings of several studies, many large corporations have held diversity trainings, have diversity officers, celebrate various cultures and ethnic groups with special events, days or weeks. Despite all this, however, according to a 2017 report by Diversity Best Practices, 93% of Fortune 1000 companies are led by men, ...
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/ Human rights, Social Justice
Contributed by Amara Willey. Citing loopholes and possible Constitutional challenges, Gov. Phil Murphy conditionally vetoed a campaign finance reform bill in May. Critics suggest that Murphy’s motivation is more political than altruistic. A conditional veto means that the governor objects to parts of a bill and proposes amendments that would make it acceptable.  It is now up to the legislature to decide if it will follow the governor’s recommendations and ...
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Contributed by Deb Kline. Heather Santos from American Promise will lead the June 4 Springboard event on Dark MoneyJune 4 Springboard event on Dark Money. The organization is dedicated to achieving passage of the 28th Amendment to the Constitution, which affirms that We The People – not special interests, corporations or unions – govern the United States of America. The proposed bill has more than 100 sponsors. The 28th Amendment ...
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Contributed by Amara Willey. What do we make of 5 million Democratic candidates running for president? How does one stand out? It’s not a new thing that many people put themselves forward to be the Democratic candidate for President. In the 2016 election, four candidates dropped out before the primaries began, leaving eight candidates to run for the Democratic nomination. In 2008, two candidates withdrew before the primaries, leaving eight ...
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/ Candidates, Electoral Issues
About 25 members of Indivisible Lambertville New Hope came together on April 22 to hear three representatives from the progressive policy think tank New Jersey Policy Perspective explain the state’s budget process, what the critical budget issues are, and how citizens can get involved in shaping the state’s spending so that it serves all New Jerseyans. Here’s what we learned. First, the timing In February of each year, after about ...
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/ Money/Spending, Taxes
Contributed by Deb Kline. Since the April Budget Springboard, ILNH constituents have been subjected to a number of actions that call for supporting the Millionaires Tax. As an organization, ILNH is officially joining the NJ Indivisible Advocacy Coalition in supporting passage of the Millionaires Tax, so our numbers add weight as they advocate with NJ legislators. So what exactly is it? Governor Murphy has proposed that a 10.75% income tax ...
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/ Money/Spending, Taxes
Contributed by Kierstyn Pietrowski Zolfo. The next SpringBoard event will focus on the role of dark money in our political system. While people may have different conceptions of what dark money means, for the purposes of this exploration it refers to any political donations that are made to groups – political action committees (PACs and SuperPACs) and so-called, “social welfare organizations,” also known as 501(c)(4) group, who are allowed to ...
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