Blog - NJ7 Citizens for Change

NATIONAL SECURITY: Avoiding a Constitutional Crisis

NATIONAL SECURITY: Avoiding a Constitutional Crisis Leonard Lance, what will you do to prevent President Trump from firing Robert Mueller? This once unthinkable scenario becomes more likely with every passing day.  The President does not tolerate dissent, firing those with whom he disagrees, and surrounding himself with those whose loyalty is to him, not to the Office. He has always viewed the Department of Justice as a tool to wield his authority against his opponents, as seen by the events surrounding the dismissals of James Comey and Andrew McCabe.
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Dear Mr. Congressman: A Student's Message to Leonard Lance

  Dear Mr. Congressman, My name is Sid, and I’m a Senior at Somerset VoTech. I’m typing out this letter to you on my phone, in the middle of a packed crowd at the Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston, NJ. This is the first rally I’ve ever been to in my life, because I’m a cynic, Mr. Congressman. I’ve never held the hope that a protest could shake this country onto the right path, or that a clever sign could be the mirror that sparks real reflection on Capitol Hill. Mr. Congressman, I write to you today that I will be the last of the cynics. There is no more room in our democracy for the tired deflections of the past. I recognize that there are nuances to the issue of gun violence in America, but there is one divide that will forever and always be black-and-white: Mr. Congressman, we can either commit to act, or sit back and enable these horrific tragedies to continue.
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Weak-Stance Lance is Whistling in the Dark- He Hopes You Won't Vote

  What does Conor Lamb’s victory mean for NJ7, our Congressman was asked?  “Secretary Clinton carried my district by 3,800 votes and I was honored to carry it by 38,000 votes . . . . I’m very confident the voters in my district will judge me based upon my record.” Confident? Really? In a race that is now a toss-up?  In NJ, where voters disapprove 63-32% of the job President Trump is doing? With your A- rating from the NRA, in the year of #Neveragain?  With a proud boast of at least 39 votes to repeal, defund or dismantle Obamacare, when healthcare is again top of mind? With your 34% rating from the League of Conservation Voters?  With an 83% approval rating from a Koch brothers group, when we are thinking what we could have done with the $1.5 trillion we gave to the Kochs and their ilk??  You think?  Congressman, we will be delighted to judge you on your record! Congressman Lance has one hope.  You won’t vote.  Or your neighbor won’t vote; or your aunt won’t vote, or your son won’t vote.  And Republicans love to put a thumb on the scales when it comes to voting.  They have perfected the gerrymander, such that 49% of votes for the House translated to 55% of the seats.They love to roll logs in the path of the poor, immigrants, people of color, all in the name of preventing wholly fictitious voter fraud.   But this time, Congressman, we are going to find those 38,000 votes and a few more! We will find them among our large suburban base of motivated women and millennials and minorities.  We will find them in the first time voters we are registering, who expect us to take on the NRA.  And we will find them among the decent people of NJ7 who are disgusted by the fourth-rate reality TV show that is the Trump administration that YOU support. And we WILL vote as though our lives depend upon it.  Because they DO! Remember in November!  
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What does “Stop Blaming White People Month” Really Mean?

At the beginning of March, a sign with the following statement appeared on the wall of a post office in Flemington, New Jersey: “March is national Stop Blaming White People Month! Accept responsibility for your own bad choices. Hug a white person!” It was reminiscent of a sign that appeared in the window of a Flemington deli three years earlier, also in March, advocating for “White History Month.” As a white person, I of course believe that it is important for well-meaning white people to denounce this sign and whoever posted it. However, we also need to go much further than calling out individual acts of racism and confront the belief system buried in this sign and our own complicity in that narrative. Even if this sign had never been posted, interrogating and dismantling systemic racism and the ways in which white people benefit from unearned advantage are critically important. Confronting this belief system can begin with acknowledging the following:
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INFRASTRUCTURE & THE ECONOMY: The Tunnel Means Jobs!

The New York economy has grown, and the New Jersey economy has not. From 2004 to 2014, New York City added 550,000 jobs while New Jersey lost 27,000.
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Unions are in Trouble, and Women Take Collective Action

What can be more important for the future of any country than the education of its children? But West Virginia cannot keep the teachers they have. The State ranks 48th in teachers’ pay by State, and the value of their health care coverage has been eroded by increasing premiums and deductibles. What to do? Take collective action.
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THE ECONOMY: Pennies for You?

THE ECONOMY:  Pennies for You? Hey, did you see the billboard posted in Minnesota? It features a smug looking Trump, and the banner “Millions for Me, Pennies for You!” Well, they’ve got that right…. Reducing corporate tax rates was going to boost incomes and stimulate investment, right? So far, we’ve seen about $6 billion in bonuses versus more than $170 billion in stock buybacks, money that isn’t being invested in plants and equipment, the supposed point of the tax cut. Who are the beneficiaries? The top 1% of course. Including the President’s new friends, the Koch brothers.
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The ERA- Learn the Current Facts

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Twenty-four words that would guarantee equal protection under the law for all women. Why is that so threatening? Why won’t our lawmakers embrace it? Why do we even need it? Our founding fathers knew full well that they were compromising the status of women in drafting the constitution. In fact when Abigail Adams wrote to her husband to ‘remember the ladies’ and not put all the power in the hands of husbands, her husband replied "I cannot but laugh. Depend upon it, we know better than to repeal our masculine systems." Two hundred and forty years later, women are still not equal in the eyes of the law.
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The Tide is Turning

The Tide is Turning It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that unhatched chickens should not be counted, but here are three reasons we will sweep away the Republican-led Congress in November:
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NJ7 Citizens for Change - Three Month Recap

Thank you for your past support!  We want to share the results of our efforts and ask you to consider another donation to help us continue to expand on our efforts to bring change to NJ7 in November! Here are the ways your support has made a difference! December - We produced a video and blog posts about Net Neutrality. We showed over 30,000 people in NJ07 that Congressman Lance was on the wrong side of the issue. January - We celebrated a year of The Resistance, with videos and blog posts and continued to show that Congressman Lance is on the wrong side of issues that are important to the district - healthcare, environment, and infrastructure. We reached 50,000 people in NJ07. February - We mourned the tragedy of Parkland by reminding voters that Lance has an A- rating from the NRA using a video and a political style cartoon. Westfield 20/20 co-founder Marci Bandelli's guest post on Lance's retrograde position on gun safety was presented to over 11,000 people in NJ7. Overall, we reached over 40,000 people in the district. We continued to produce blogs that speak to the harm that Lance and the GOP bring to our state. This kind of reach can only be achieved with paid advertising on Facebook, Instagram, and other channels. Our messaging and advertising strategy is designed to galvanize Democrats and show left-leaning unaffiliated and independent voters that Congressman Lance does not share their values on a wide variety of policy issues and to spur them to vote in the upcoming primary and the all-important midterm. In the coming months we will be producing videos, blog posts, cartoons, and other vital content on women's health and reproductive issues, the environment, infrastructure and more. We have also launched a critical “traditional” media outreach to reach voters who may not use social media As successful as we have been, we need to reach at least 100,000 people per month between now and November to make an impact. You have helped us get this far; please help us continue these efforts Will you consider making a donation to help us?  Monthly support is appreciated. Each donation helps us bring the message to your fellow CD7 Citizens. The election is nine months away. Time is short but the stakes are HIGH!   Click here to DONATE   CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW OUR LATEST VIDEO    
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