Blog - NJ7 Citizens for Change

Crisis at the Border: How We Got Here

People in America are at shock of what is happening at the Mexico-United States border. Images, especially of a 2-year-old girl from Honduras crying while a U.S. border agent pats down her mother has been seen by millions throughout the country and our world. Families being separated, children placed in detention or sold to human traffickers being combated by the slogan #KeepFamiliesTogether. But this is just the latest iteration of the crisis at the border. A crisis that has its foundation established centuries ago, and now, it’s apparatus well maintained into the 21st century. Washington D.C. need not look past a mirror to see how that monster had been created.
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Tyranny of the Minority

Leonard Lance is a member of a party in decline.   About 25% of the electorate declare an affiliation to the Republican Party in the Trump era, compared to a peak of about 38% in 2005.  It is a party of the aged and the aging. Those aged 50 and over have given Trump his highest approval ratings while those aged 18–29 have given him his lowest.    It is a party driven by fear.  Fear that we have a majority of minorities in our school system now, and that our population will be made up of a majority of minorities by 2045.  Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, was frightened when he said “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”  Trump plays on fear when he rails against illegal immigrants “infesting” our country or questions why the US accepts people from "shithole countries” or adopts a policy of forcible separation of children from their asylum-seeking parents or asserts falsely that millions of illegal votes are cast.  His party’s presidential nominee lost the popular vote in six of the last seven presidential elections. Its Supreme Court nominees have thrice been confirmed by a Republican Senate majority representing a minority of voters. For Neil Gorsuch, his Senate supporters collected 54,098,387 votes compared to 73,425,062 in opposition.  And Brett Kavanaugh will become another “minority justice”, the fourth.  This is how a dying party reaches beyond the grave.  The Republicans have sustained a grip on power by gerrymandering, voter suppression, the use of dark money and by weaponizing fear.  Shame on US, the MAJORITY!  We are not afraid of our demographics. But we need to get out and vote. If we ensure Republicans lose Congress this fall, we can end this tyranny of the minority..  And there are areas where we can decisively attack Republicans in the court of public opinion.Health care, taxation, tariffs, corporate power and the Trump administration’s corruption.  So let’s attack! And save our breath on internecine squabbling and ideological purity, and do the one thing that matters. Vote.  And in NJ07, that means a vote for Tom Malinowski. FLIP NJ07 in 2018.  #RememberinNovember #FlipNJ07
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Stronger Together- Democrats Unite to Flip NJ7

You've undoubtedly seen it, particularly as online news consumers:  The pre-election spin has started, and that machine is working overtime to wind its way into the fluid workings of the GOTV effort and deposit wrenches where gears meet. There are and will continue to be many attempts to unravel the commonality that binds us together as we work toward November, as a citizenry engaged in protecting our lowercase-d democratic ideals.  There will be attempts to pull activists apart into factions, to raise issues that fracture our unity and would turn our focus away from defense of humanity and the planet toward controversy and internal strife.   Don't allow it!  Actively refuse.  #Resist as vigilantly as you oppose cruel governance! We have held strong, together, all this time - leading marches, calling for action, demonstrating, writing, speaking to media, speaking to neighbors, standing up for ourselves and our people, insisting to the world as each new GOP Administration attack on America rolled out that we know we are only as safe as the least protected among us.  We fought and continue to fight for healthcare, for tax fairness, for our earned benefits, for the environment, for education, for our immigrants, for science, for food security, for decency as policy guidance.  We have work yet to do, but leading into November we should naturally be able to celebrate our two year anniversary as a movement (and in alliance with activist groups that have been fighting injustice for much longer than two years) with a string of election-day victories over the cruel, inhumane policies of the GOP Administration and the unacceptable inaction of the GOP-controlled 115th Congress to stop those policies. So long as we stay together and stay focused on the betterment of our people, our nation and the earth, we have an advantage we must not squander.  We are not alone in wishing for a blue wave, either.  It isn't only our international friends calling for capital-D Democratic victories.  As former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt said, "The party of Trump must be obliterated."  He called the party "corrupt, indecent and immoral."  Conservative columnist George Will wrote a column imploring voters to vote against the GOP, calling Congressional Republicans "the president's poodles" who "have failed to be worthy" of their offices.   Eyes on the prize, friends!  We want a Congress that will take action on behalf of people, the planet and progress.  The only way we get to that goal is by working together, and refusing the attempts to pull us apart.  We must be vigilant gatekeepers to the morale of our own movement.  Reject the wrenches! We have at the time this is written only 121 days remaining to make sure that the best-available candidates win their seats on November 6, 2018, and to be sure that as many moral and decent voters turn out to the polls as possible on that date to secure those victories.  Are you doing everything you can to secure victory on that date?  What more can you find time to do?   Can you canvass and distribute candidate literature door-to-door?  Can you make phone calls?  Studies show that few efforts motivate voter turnout more positively than personal conversations. Can you send postcards to voters?  Can you write post-it notes on vote-by-mail ballots, buy some stamps and envelopes, and mail them out to infrequent voters to request votes by paper ballot this year?  Talk to your local or county-level democratic committee or your favorite activist group about canvassing and phone banking, or for the 'Post It Posse' email info@atnj.org to get started.  ATNJ has created a user-friendly proprietary database similar to VAN that can help with everything from phone banking to walking lists. The blue wave happens with blue work!  We have the people, the unity, the moral high ground and popular opinion on our side.  Keep those advantages and use them.   Eyes on the goal, blinders on, and let your words from now until November serve to motivate the movement.  121 days left!  Let's do this!  #StrongerTogether    ______________________________      Author: Christine Clarke              Environmental Director- Action Together New Jersey              Chairwoman of the Jefferson Township Democratic Committee              
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We Are Not Who We Thought We Were

One of my favorite movies is "The American President." (For those unfamiliar, Michael Douglas plays a progressive president fighting moral and political battles as he seeks reelection.) In it, President Andrew Shepherd (Douglas) begins an impassioned campaign speech by saying, "America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You've gotta want it bad, cause it's gonna put up a fight." Some of us only entered that fight for democracy following the 2016 presidential election, and are just waking up to the reality that we are not the country we thought we were.
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Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

In the documentary: "Park Avenue: Money Power and Greed" there is a scene where a woman is running a food pantry. There is a long line of people, some young, some with children, many elderly and waiting to get food to eat for the the week. When, in an abrupt fashion, the woman comes out and says: "Sorry! We are all out of food! Please come back next WEEK!" Then she has to repeat herself, to an elderly Latino man and woman. "Sorry Papi. Sorry Mami. Next week." The place where the scene takes place? The Bronx.
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NJ7 Citizens for Change Endorses Tom Malinowski for Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NJ7 Citizens for Change Endorses Tom Malinowski for Congress Cranford, NJ, July 2, 2018 -  NJ7 Citizens for Change is committed to seeing Democratic representation for our district in November. We therefore wholeheartedly support the candidacy of Tom Malinowski as the person to displace Leonard Lance, and to take his seat in the House of Representatives. Tom will represent all of our NJ7 constituents with dignity and assurance, while providing the authority and moral leadership required to confront the daily assaults on our values that Donald Trump and his administration foist upon us. Tom will, of course, be introducing himself to the electorate and making his own case to earn your vote by laying out his policies. We will continue vigorously with our mission of exposing to voters the true record of Congressman Leonard Lance. Lance is not a moderate, but he plays the part on TV. He assured Donald Trump of his “enthusiastic support” in 2016. We will remind voters of the weak stance Lance has taken on issues that matter to us - healthcare, the environment, gun violence, women’s rights, jobs and our infrastructure. We will remind voters of his equivocation on Trump’s bigotry and racism. And we will remind voters that the only way to end our national nightmare is to first regain the House and Senate in November. Since last fall, we have served over 1,000,000 ads to over 250,000 people in the district with this message, and we will continue to do so until election day. We will not let down our kids and grandkids. We will vote massively in November, here in NJ7 and across the country, and we will once again reclaim the House of Representatives as “the People’s House.”#RememberinNovember #NJ07 NJ7 Citizens for Change is a locally-organized, federally-registered SuperPAC whose mission is to produce and strategically disseminate messaging that supports Democratic representation for New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District and is not affiliated with any candidate or candidates committee. www.nj7citizensforchange.org Contact Kathleen Murray Kathleen@NJ7C4C.org ***  
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Lance Lacks Moral Leadership

Moral Leadership Means Showing Up, And Leonard Lance is Hiding Children as young as nine-months old are being ripped from their parents at the U.S. border. Senior Trump administration officials are blatantly lying about the Republican policy and who is the blame. The U.S. government has reportedly lost track of many children. Lawyers representing the parents and foreign diplomats are trying to desperately find them on American soil.
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Lance the Fake Moderate is Complicit

Elections have consequences. But did any of us really appreciate how dire the consequences would be for American values with the election of Donald Trump? Did we really expect that our immigration policy would devolve into the forcible separation of mothers and their children? A policy that evangelical leader Franklin Graham, and a prominent Trump supporter, described as “disgraceful." That Cardinal Dolan said was “unAmerican” and “unbiblical.” That is opposed by all four living former First Ladies.
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Lance is no check on TrumPutin

Leonard Lance continues to be a silent enabler of Russia’s foreign policy aims. His refusal to denounce President Trump’s trade agenda is just the most recent example of his pandering to a base that won’t acknowledge that, willingly or unwittingly, the President is playing stooge to Putin and his kleptocracy.
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On Healthcare, Lance Remains Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

Should I laugh or cry when I see that Leonard Lance received the 2018 Champion of Health Care Innovation Award?  Both. Who knows what he thinks about healthcare? He is stuck between a rock and a hard place.  The last thing he wants is to be asked for a cogent response on the issue.  So ask him. The man who recorded 64 votes against the Affordable Care Act, when faced with the realities of office, and the voice of his constituents, could not in the end vote for the cockamamie piece of repeal legislation his party tried to foist on the electorate. The American people expect our government to do more to ensure that the basic health needs of all citizens are taken care of, through expansion of Medicaid or Medicare, or some form of single-payer solution. Do you think Lance did not study the exit polls in the recent Pennsylvania election, which showed the issue is high on the minds of voters? The issue is most apparent in the votes for the expansion of Medicaid, offered under the ACA. The garlic-and-crucifix response of the right has been to roll as many logs as possible into this path towards healthcare access.  Most recently, Virginia, where even a Republican-controlled legislature had to bend to the will of the people, became the 33rd  State to expand Medicaid, and there are indications that more states will follow suit. Meanwhile, the Insurance Apocalypse has not arrived. Not for lack of trying, through Congressional elimination of the individual mandate and their waving the prospect of short-term, thin coverage designed to siphon off the healthy from the pool of the insured to the detriment of those with pre-existing conditions. Those attempts to destabilize the market have not yet worked, in part thanks to the acts of individual governors, such as our own Phil Murphy, to reintroduce the individual mandate at the state level. But this dragon is not slain yet.  Tea Party Republicans, goaded by their base, are stoking the fire in the belly of the beast to try one last time in June to incinerate the ACA, a prospect that must make Leonard Lance, a reluctant dragon slayer if ever there was one, tremble for his fate. Because we will #RememberinNovember #NJ07
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