Dr. Karen Gaffney, an English professor at Raritan Valley Community College and author of Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox, recently wrote a 4-part blog post series called, “For Those Who Say How Can We Defund the Police.” In it, she walks the reader through a brief history of policing in the US, including what happened to policing after the civil rights movement, as well as current challenges ...
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Contributed by Amara Willey. The FDA announced at the end of June that any vaccine candidate would need to demonstrate a high effectiveness level before going into more widespread human trials. The agency could issue an emergency use authorization (EUA), but indicated that might be counterproductive. “Any misstep risks eroding confidence in vaccines that could have lasting implications,” explained Lois Privor-Dumm, policy director at the International Vaccine Access Center at ...
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Contributed by Deb Kline. In a typical year, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) would go into recess at the end of June after handing down decisions on several cases. It’s definitely not a typical year as the term ended with several significant rulings handed down well into July.  While the general consensus was that the court had tilted in favor of conservatives, this recent term yielded some ...
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Contributed by Deb Kline. ILNH launched its GOTV Toolkit with a tour of the kit at the June Community Gathering. If you didn’t make the meeting or even if you did and need to review for more inspiration, check out all the ways to get involved in the toolkit. Updates to the kit are ongoing, so come back often.   Postcard Parties are going like gangbusters with weekly opportunities to set ...
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Contributed by Olga Vanucci. Registered voters in Bucks County as of January 13, 2020: Total – 454,702  Democrat – 195,755 Republican – 183,888 Other – 75,059 Voter turnout in the June 2020 primary: ~ 83,883 Democrat; 65,235 GOP Percentage of eligible voters who turned out: 40% across both parties;  very high though below the 41% turnout of the 2016 primary. Number of mail-in ballots received in Bucks primary: ~ 79,000 ...
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If you’ve read any of these books or listened to a podcast, leave a comment by way of review. Willing to exchange your books? Put a notice in the comments or on the ILNH Facebook page about what you’ve read and what you’d like to read.  Books: Click on the titles for more information:  ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in The Age of Colorblindness’ – Michelle Alexander ‘Parable of ...
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COMING! Indivisible Unity Week of Action – 100 Days Until the Election – July 27 marks 100 days until November 3, and the national organization is kicking off a major effort to rid the country of the worst administration ever, eliminate the GOP stranglehold on the Senate and preserve and strengthen Democrats in the House. As part of this kick-off, Indivisibles across the country are organizing phone banks and/or text ...
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