A perspective on our upcoming May 21st elections I was little and dressed up to go to court with my mommy. I usually waited outside on a hard wooden bench. Today was different.  Mommy took me into a big room with a big desk, where a man in a black dress asked me who I liked better, my mommy or my daddy?. Without hesitation, I said, “My daddy.” The man ...
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What now, after the Mueller report? Contributed by Deb Kline. Honor is simply the morality of superior men – H.L. Mencken In the hours since the redacted Mueller Report has been made public, many – if not most – on the resistance side believe that the attempts to obstruct justice by the president are stunningly clear. We cannot believe Attorney General William Barr’s claim that there were none. Some of ...
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/ Ethics, Government, Opinion
Contributed by Paige Barnett. The schedule for preparing the New Jersey primaries is in full swing.  Here are two very important dates to remember; Tuesday June 4th is the New Jersey Primary Election and Tuesday November 5th is the General Election. So what’s been happening?   Thus far, in the month of January, New Jersey saw the nominations to the County Board of Elections. In February, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:31-2, ...
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/ Electoral Issues
Contributed by Lisa Bergson. Shujaa Graham stops short at the sight of the solitary-cell 6’ X 9’ dimensions measured with blue tape on the linoleum floor of the Acme Screening Room lobby in Lambertville, N.J. It’s the afternoon of “Shatter the Silence: Criminal (In)Justice,” a program organized by Indivisible Lambertville/New Hope’s Civil Rights Action Team, where Graham is scheduled to speak.  As attendees file by, many glancing in horror at ...
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Contributed by Olga Vanucci. Primary voter turnout in New Jersey in 2017:   15% Primary voter turnout in Hunterdon County, NJ, in 2017:   30% Primary voter turnout in Pennsylvania in 2017: 16% Primary voter turnout in Bucks County, PA, in 2017:   12% Sources:   https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/2017-results/2017-official-primary-voter-turnout.pdf and https://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/2017-primary-election-roundup-Philadelphia-Pennsylvania.html and http://www.buckscounty.org/government/CommunityServices/BoardofElections/VoterCounts ...
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/ Electoral Issues
Contributed by Deb Kline. Who Decides the Federal Budget? The vision of democracy is that the federal budget – and all activities of the federal government – reflects the values of a majority of Americans. Yet many people feel that the federal budget does not reflect their values and that the budgeting process is too difficult to understand, or that they can’t make a difference.  Many forces shape the federal ...
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/ Legislation, Money/Spending
Contributed by Deb Kline. There is a TON of stuff happening over the next couple months for ILNH volunteer involvement! Here’s the schedule –  plan to join as many events as you can. April 22: Our third Springboard Meeting!  Topic: NJ Budget, with experts from the New Jersey Policy Perspective ILNH formed around a collection of issues we were (and still are) concerned about. They include healthcare, women’s rights, civil ...
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Contributed by Amara Willey. Summary: Race discrepancies in juvenile detention could be narrowed by handling misdemeanors as civil rather than criminal cases. More resources towards prevention, education, and treatment would also narrow the race gap, according to The Sentencing Project, a criminal justice research and advocacy organization. ___________ According to Department of Justice data, black juveniles are three times more likely to be incarcerated than Latinos, and six times more ...
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