It is unconscionable that as a nation we’ve had to bear witness to yet another mass shooting. The Parkland shooting on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ranks among the top ten deadliest in U.S. history. The statistics are staggering: Three of the top five mass shootings have occurred in the last year and a half. By now, we know the background of the shooter. What remains unbelievable ...
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/ Call to Action, Guns
Still hopeful that Gov. Phil Murphy will make New Jersey one of the first states to provide automatic voter registration, the ILNH N.J. Voter Mobilization Action Group will be working to get voters registered at community events in the spring and summer. The group will also be reaching out to rental properties to facilitate voter registration for new residents in town. Liz Glynn, a leader in both the ILNH Action ...
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EQUALITY. We hear it, say it, and throw the word around as if we were players in a frenetic March Madness basketball game. But the battle for equality is a long one, rooted deep in our American history, and while there have been wins along the way, this game is far from over. What exactly is equality? Equality often depends on an individual’s perspectives, as life experiences can dictate its ...
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/ Human rights, Social Justice
Although the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “failed,” it continues to be under daily assault by the Trump administration and the Department of Health and Human Services. The Trump administration has resorted to chipping away at the foundations of the ACA to push it toward its demise – eliminating the individual mandate, allowing health association plans, eliminating or “pausing” important taxes that fund ACA subsidies ...
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/ Healthcare, Legislation
On Friday, Jan. 19, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave its approval to the PennEast pipeline. It’s a big setback, but the pipeline can’t be built without approval from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. New Jersey already rejected an application from the PennEast Pipeline Company once. If enough of us keep raising our voices, we can show the Department of Environmental Protection that we don’t want a huge ...
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As our new newsletter was conceived and as a new year begins, I thought it would be kinda cool for us to be able to share some thoughts and ideas about our work. Then came the time for me actually to put hands to keyboard and it all came to a grinding halt. What the heck do I have to say? I’m not even a real activist. Or am I? ...
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/ Activist Spotlight
At a meeting both lively and quick, nearly 200 attendees filled the Cornerstone Event Center on Dec. 10 for Indivisible Lambertville-New Hope’s first Holiday Jam. Guest speaker Billy Fleming, co-author of the Indivisible Guide, roused the crowd with the guide’s history and inspiration. Billy reminded us what 6,000+ Indivisible organizations along with other like-minded groups have managed to accomplish this year, saying that “we had no reason to win anything, ...
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/ Meetups, Resources
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration plan to spend billions of public dollars to encourage parents to send their children to schools that may be for-profit, may discriminate in their admissions policies and are not subject to monitoring of their performance or practices. Many education professionals and researchers believe that this emphasis on what the administration calls “school choice” threatens our entire system of public education. This is ...
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/ Education
“I am an American living in a small isolated village in the south of France. I’m originally from Oregon—my family was active politically in the state (my father Robert B. Duncan was a Democratic congressman from Oregon for a number of years). I was a fervent Hillary Clinton supporter, and like so many, was devastated by the election results in November. Today I wanted somehow to share in the protests ...
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/ Activist Spotlight, Meetups, Senate