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4 days ago

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From our friends at GGCNJ: We are celebrating one year of the Better Ballots NJ campaign -- and things have gone better than expected! With 79 signatories on our Resolution to Establish a Fair Ballot, 37 candidates for county and state-wide office in the 2021 elections endorsed for supporting good government priorities, and a lawsuit filed by our fellow grassroots activists contesting the county line as unconstitutional, we are closer than ever to a better democracy in New Jersey!

Join us for a 1-year celebration December 12th, at 2pm, on zoom. Registration is required and space is limited.
us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0uc-GgpzkpHNf-V2QVHAYUHSMwCftoXNak?link_id=3&can_id=6a584f9c42...

Hear updates on the Better Ballots campaign & the Line lawsuit
Join our panel: What's next for New Jersey after the 2021 elections?
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From our friends at GGCNJ: We are celebrating one year of the Better Ballots NJ campaign -- and things have gone better than expected! With 79 signatories on our Resolution to Establish a Fair Ballot, 37 candidates for county and state-wide office in the 2021 elections endorsed for supporting good government priorities, and a lawsuit filed by our fellow grassroots activists contesting the county line as unconstitutional, we are closer than ever to a better democracy in New Jersey!

Join us for a 1-year celebration December 12th, at 2pm, on zoom. Registration is required and space is limited.
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0uc-GgpzkpHNf-V2QVHAYUHSMwCftoXNak?link_id=3&can_id=6a584f9c4241ed6f1ada51fd008ea452&source=email-join-the-1-year-anniversary-of-the-better-ballots-nj-campaign&email_referrer=email_1372021&email_subject=join-the-1-year-anniversary-of-the-better-ballots-nj-campaign-dec-12th-2pm-on-zoom

Hear updates on the Better Ballots campaign & the Line lawsuit
Join our panel: Whats next for New Jersey after the 2021 elections?Image attachment

2 weeks ago

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Police Reform

LWVNJ is excited to join New Jersey Communities for Accountable Policing, (NJ-CAP), a coalition focused on stopping discriminatory police practices and increasing transparency and accountability within communities. NJ-CAP is working to advance a package of police reform bills through the New Jersey legislature:
Empowering Communities with Direct Oversight through Civilian Complaint Review Boards - A4656/S2963: This bill would authorize municipalities and counties to establish civilian review boards to review police operations and conduct. This legislation allows communities to set up civilian complaint review boards with subpoena power, the ability to investigate at the same time as internal police investigations, disciplinary authority, and, most importantly, real community representation.
Shining Light on Secret Police Discipline - A5301/S2656: This bill makes police disciplinary records public. The public has almost no way of knowing how — or if — police are disciplined for various forms of misconduct. This bill follows many other states to make that information available through the Open Public Records Act.
The Right to Sue Police for Individual Misconduct - A4578/S3730: This bill ends qualified immunity. A legal principle called qualified immunity makes it almost impossible to hold individual officers liable for misconduct in civil lawsuits. These bills would remove one of the roadblocks that make it difficult to hold police accountable for harms.
Stopping Lethal Police Tactics - A4284/S2617 and A4526/S3825: Criminalizes chokeholds and limits the use of deadly force.

TAKE ACTION by sending a message to your legislators in support of all the above bills.
action.aclu.org/send-message/nj-2021-policing-intro?emci=0ef1e2dd-0e47-ec11-9820-c896653b26c8&emd...
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Police Reform
 
LWVNJ is excited to join New Jersey Communities for Accountable Policing, (NJ-CAP), a coalition focused on stopping discriminatory police practices and increasing transparency and accountability within communities. NJ-CAP is working to advance a package of police reform bills through the New Jersey legislature:  
Empowering Communities with Direct Oversight through Civilian Complaint Review Boards - A4656/S2963: This bill would authorize municipalities and counties to establish civilian review boards to review police operations and conduct. This legislation allows communities to set up civilian complaint review boards with subpoena power, the ability to investigate at the same time as internal police investigations, disciplinary authority, and, most importantly, real community representation. 
Shining Light on Secret Police Discipline - A5301/S2656: This bill makes police disciplinary records public. The public has almost no way of knowing how — or if — police are disciplined for various forms of misconduct. This bill follows many other states to make that information available through the Open Public Records Act. 
The Right to Sue Police for Individual Misconduct - A4578/S3730: This bill ends qualified immunity. A legal principle called qualified immunity makes it almost impossible to hold individual officers liable for misconduct in civil lawsuits. These bills would remove one of the roadblocks that make it difficult to hold police accountable for harms. 
Stopping Lethal Police Tactics - A4284/S2617 and A4526/S3825: Criminalizes chokeholds and limits the use of deadly force. 
 
TAKE ACTION by sending a message to your legislators in support of all the above bills. 
https://action.aclu.org/send-message/nj-2021-policing-intro?emci=0ef1e2dd-0e47-ec11-9820-c896653b26c8&emdi=959a28c4-cc4b-ec11-9820-c896653b26c8&ceid=6153911

2 weeks ago

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Poll Worker Pay Increase

Poll workers play an integral part in the democratic process and help ensure a smooth and fair election process each year, but their compensation has been stuck at $200 since 2001. Thanks to all that helped to get the temporary increase this past General Election. It is time to permanently increase poll worker pay moving forward.

That is why we are thrilled that legislation to increase poll worker pay continues to advance in the Legislature. A1527/S598 increases poll worker pay to $300 and appropriates additional funds to the Department of State. The League of Women Voters of New Jersey has testified in support of this increase, stressing how important poll workers are to our democracy. We expect this legislation to pass during the lame duck session.
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2 weeks ago

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Reparations Task Force

LWVNJ is proud to be a member of the Coalition of Allies for a Reparations Task Force in New Jersey, a coalition of organizations advocating for the passage of bill A711/S322.

This historic legislation would establish a task force that will study New Jersey’s role in American slavery and make policy recommendations to repair its enduring effects. Take action now to repair New Jersey’s racial injustice. Email, tweet, or call your legislators and Governor Murphy to urge them to pass and sign this bill into law.
actnow.io/fkrOkXN?emci=0ef1e2dd-0e47-ec11-9820-c896653b26c8&emdi=959a28c4-cc4b-ec11-9820-c896653b...
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Reparations Task Force
 
LWVNJ is proud to be a member of the Coalition of Allies for a Reparations Task Force in New Jersey, a coalition of organizations advocating for the passage of bill A711/S322. 
 
This historic legislation would establish a task force that will study New Jersey’s role in American slavery and make policy recommendations to repair its enduring effects. Take action now to repair New Jersey’s racial injustice. Email, tweet, or call your legislators and Governor Murphy to urge them to pass and sign this bill into law.     
https://actnow.io/fkrOkXN?emci=0ef1e2dd-0e47-ec11-9820-c896653b26c8&emdi=959a28c4-cc4b-ec11-9820-c896653b26c8&ceid=6153911
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Take Action! Science Keeps Getting Better, Climate Keeps Getting Worse: What will Gov. Murphy do?

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Take Action: the BPU is taking public comments until 5pm on November 15th. Sample email to copy, paste and send is below!

As if the science wasn’t already damning enough (2018 IPCC call for 45% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030), over 11,000 scientists on Nov. 5th declared a “climate emergency” and called for “massive energy efficiency and conservation practices,” “quickly cutting emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, such as soot and methane” to “slow short-term warming,” and “a carbon free economy” (https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biz088).

Yet last week, the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) released a slide show analysis painting an unrealistic rosy picture of New Jersey meeting its “clean energy goals,” while the grim reality is that this critical piece of NJ’s energy road map is fatally flawed. Simply put, the Murphy Administration is not only not on track to meet its 100% clean energy by 2050 goal or its legal mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) 80% by 2050,  it’s not even on track to meet the easier, more urgent and more important 45% cut in GHGs by 2030 the overwhelming scientific consensus is calling for.

As part of  NJ’s draft 2019 Energy Master Plan (EMP) process, BPU conducted an analysis and cost modeling exercise entitled the Integrated Energy Plan (IEP). The IEP identifies the blend of energy sources to meet NJ’s demands and fulfill NJ’s clean energy goals. However, it doesn’t consider public health and climate costs.

What the IEP includes

  • a holistic view of NJ’s economy wide emissions including transportation, electricity generation, buildings and other uses
  • nine different scenarios, each with one key change to test for emissions reductions and costs
  • a “lowest cost” plan / energy mix to reduce NJ’s emissions by 2050

What the IEP is severely lacking

  • any modeling scenarios that cut NJ’s emissions 45% before 2030 as recommended by IPCC 2018 report
  • modeling for a goal of carbon-free energy for New Jersey
  • modeling for immediate moratorium on any new fossil fuel infrastructure
  • front loading emission reductions to have the most significant impact on our climate emergency
  • accurately estimating the global warming potential of short-lived climate pollutants like methane and black carbon
  • counting social costs of continued reliance and use of fossil fuels
  • flexibility to use the best of some plans now and others later
  • valuing meaningful public input
  • consideration of potential impact of future regulatory and technological changes
  • any mechanisms or recommendations of how to decrease fossil fuel use

Please send an email to the BPU before 5pm on Friday November 15th. Feel free to copy, paste, and amend the sample message below. After you’ve submitted your comment to the BPU, share with friends and family asking them to do the same.

**** Sample Email ****

To: emp.comments@bpu.gov

Subject: IEP Feedback

New Jersey can and should be a global leader in addressing our climate emergency. Instead, I am alarmed by the findings presented in the Integrated Energy Plan. I demand you take all steps to address these critical structural deficiencies before finalizing the IEP and EMP.

  • any modeling scenarios that cut NJ’s emissions 45% before 2030 as recommended by IPCC 2018 report
  • modeling for a goal of carbon-free energy for New Jersey
  • modeling for immediate moratorium on any new fossil fuel infrastructure
  • front loading emission reductions to have the most significant impact on our climate emergency
  • accurately estimating the global warming potential of short-lived climate pollutants like methane and black carbon
  • counting social costs of continued reliance and use of fossil fuels
  • flexibility to use the best of some plans now and others later
  • valuing meaningful public input
  • consideration of potential impact of future regulatory and technological changes
  • any mechanisms or recommendations of how to decrease fossil fuel use