“I am listening to what fear teaches.” Audre Lorde    “There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear.” Toni Morrison    I may be accused of taking these two quotes out of context, but certainly, we can feel the appropriateness to the moment we are experiencing now. As progressives and activists, this turning away from the values we hold close ...
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/ Opinion
Contributed by Karen Gaffney. As a white, anti-racist educator and author, I have been working with white people for years to address the myth that race is biological. What exactly is this myth? It is the belief that human beings can be biologically or genetically or otherwise scientifically divided into distinct races. It is the belief that white people share more genes with each other than they do with black ...
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/ Race/Racism
Contributed by Olga Vanucci. There are about 48 million African-Americans, which is nearly 15% of the U.S. population. 74% of blacks say that being black is important to how they think about themselves. There are 14.8 million black households; 6.1 million of them own their homes, 8.7 million rent. About 20% of blacks have a college degree and over 50% of blacks have attended college. 2.1 million blacks have advanced ...
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/ Fact-checking, Race/Racism
Commit to doing at least one or more actions each week between now and November 3. Here are a few options you can do at home, with friends over coffee or wine, or out in the street loud and proud. Have more ideas? Let us know and we’ll add them to the list. We’re working on a way for you to record your time or number of items (postcards/texts) and ...
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/ Call to Action
Contributed by Amara Willey and Liz Glynn. Big win in NJ legislative session for ACA protection For residents of NJ, there’s good news coming out of Trenton for a change that should have progressives cheering. There’s always a but, however, and other legislation didn’t make the cut and some that did isn’t quite what we hoped. So here’s the good, the bad and missed, plus be sure to check out ...
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/ Legislation, New Jersey, State politics
Contributed by Lisa Bergson. On Tuesday night, February 3rd, Ann Marie Mitchell became the official Democratic candidate for state representative of PA’s 178th District.  She is challenging Trump supporter, Wendi Thomas, a Republican known for her conservative positions, who issued nasty attacks in her campaign to defeat ILNH constituent Helen Tai in 2018.  Ann Marie has lived in Northampton Township for 20 years, with her husband and children, who were ...
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/ Candidates, Pennsylvania, State politics
Contributed by Lisa Bergson. You can be in The Resistance and still have a life!  That’s one of the great things about our movement today, as opposed to my experience as a leftist back in the late Sixties and early Seventies. In that era, we were mostly young, single, and determined to “live the revolution”, as is easiest if you are young, single, and open to a fun, but spartan ...
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/ Activist Spotlight
Contributed by Liza Watson. Gone are the days of the Republican party as the party of free trade and balanced budgets, immigrant-friendly and capable of compromise…or are those days going to return?  Tim Alberta, currently a reporter for Politico, has laid out the evolution of the GOP through a detailed examination of power shifts and historically key moments in congress. John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor…and then along came Kevin ...
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/ Books and Movies
Environmental Art Show to Bring Attention to Climate Crisis Do you want to get inspired about the environment? Then check out Love Mother Earth 2020, an environmental art and performance show on Saturday Feb. 29 from 12 – 5 p.m. at Prallsville Mills in Stockton. A joint venture between Indivisible and the Sunrise chapters of Hunterdon and Lambertville, the show will feature local artists in any medium, poets and performers ...
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/ Canvassing, Environment, ILNH FYI