Welcome to ATNJ’s second weekly update! And there was so much action this week our heads are spinning. But first – thank you all for the positive feedback from last week’s inaugural email. It was our first weekly and we wanted to get it right.
This is what we’re aiming to do – capture the week’s “Actions” in a nutshell, so that “Together” we will have a massive impact. AND IT’S HAPPENING – We truly are ACTION TOGETHER! So please, forward this to friends, ask them to go to our website and merely complete the pop-up box to sign up for our updates. It’s that simple 🙂 AND, click the links to join in the action!
It’s All About Goals…and VOTES – VOTE June 5
Our goals this weekend are simple – Get Out The Vote. Every Facebook group has actions – jump in where you can! Canvass? Phonebank? Drive a neighbor to the polls? Let’s kick up that turnout! Thank you League of Women Voters for this helpful voting tool. Want to know where your candidates stand? Check it out. Want to know where to vote? It’s all here.
And of course, make sure you go out and VOTE in the primary elections! Here is a handy Facebook Event reminder for both the primaries and the general election this year in New Jersey, in case it would be helpful to mark that you are ‘going’ and remind friends to vote too! Check in with your favorite candidates to find out if there are phone banking parties or canvassing events you can join to support them and turn out as many voters as possible!
After the primaries, our goals are simple – Bank The Blue. Our unrelenting focus will be to encourage early voting with paper ballots, either vote by mail or in person. And we have a plan – an easy plan. More to come on this! But remember these three things: 45 days of voting – not just one. Paper ballots (they’re more reliable). And “Your Mailbox is Your Ballot Box”. And if you heard that in Winn’s voice, you already know the drill! Be on the look-out for training on this mission-critical initiative – we just held one in CD11 Champions. In the meantime, be sure to vote this Tuesday.
This week we heartily endorsed candidates across the state – and there are more to come. Our endorsement process included inviting candidates to complete a detailed questionnaire; then inviting members to review the questionnaires and vote.
We are excited to endorse Tanzie Youngblood for Congress, to represent Congressional District 2. “ Action Together NJ is excited to endorse Tanzie Youngblood for Congress because she will fight for Medicare for all, Senior Citizen’s rights, quality of life, humane immigration policies, sustainable energy, and to get big money out of politics. As a Blue Star mom, we know she will always do right by the men and women who are currently serving in the Armed Forces and especially our Veterans and the families of soldiers who did not make it home. This is especially timely as we just honored our fallen on Memorial Day. She is the right choice for New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District,” declared Alison Arne, ATNJ Atlantic County Co-Chair.
In Congressional District 7, ATNJ endorsed Tom Malinowski. “Tom’s deep experience in working with members of Congress means he will hit the ground running from Day 1. In today’s highly partisan politics, we need someone who has the experience, wisdom, and respect of Members of Congress to get things done for the citizens of NJ 7. His resolve to repeal and replace the Republican tax bill that is so harmful to our district, to fight for affordable health care, to protect our environment, to invest in our infrastructure, to advance women’s rights, and to defend our democracy at home are all progressive values that align with Action Together New Jersey’s members. As a progressive grassroots group, we are proud to endorse a candidate that reflects our values and we will work hard to get Tom elected to represent us,” said Rielly Karsh, ATNJ Central Regional Director.
We proudly endorsed the Dover First Slate of Candidates in Dover, NJ. We believe with a population comprised of 70% Latino residents, the Democratic Party, both the County Committee and Board of Alderman, should reflect the diversity of the community. After more than 11 years of organizing, fighting for the Civil Rights of Dover residents and denouncing corruption, the Dover First Democrats have put together a slate of 22 candidates for County Committee and three candidates for Alderman. Candidates for Alderman (woman) are Sandra Milena Wittner (Ward 1), Humberto Quinones (Ward2), Carlos Valencia (Ward 4). Rounding out the slate is Carolyn Blackman, incumbent Alderwoman in Ward 3 and civil rights leader who has joined the Dover First Democrats campaign.
“Dover has the largest democratic voter base in Morris County and having Democratic leadership which reflects the values and diversity of the Dover community is critical to the success of progressive candidates across the county. Action Together NJ, Morris County is proud to stand with this outstanding group of progressive Democrats,” said ATNJ Morris County Co-Chair, Anita Esteve.
Come Celebrate with ATNJ – At Our Inaugural Gala on June 10!
Join Action Together New Jersey for our first gala and fundraiser at The Manor, 111 Prospect Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052. Celebrate with us as we award Governor Phil Murphy with the Progressive Leadership Award! We will also award our Kindness In Action Award to Nadia Kahf, CAIR-NJ President, and to Ahmed Al-Shehab, CAIR-NJ Founder and Board Member; and the Collaboration In Action Award to Marcia Marley, President of BlueWave NJ and to Analilia Mejia, Executive Director of New Jersey Working Families Alliance! Our Sharing In Action Award will go to Neera Tanden, CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund! Senator Robert Menendez will be our keynote speaker and Senator Cory Booker will join us in a video. Please make every effort to be there and to celebrate ATNJ’s successes with us!
**Gala tickets must be purchased in advance!** Use this link to get your tickets: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/atnjgala If there are any questions, please email email@example.com. See you there!
Saturday, June 2: Tree Planting and Photo Op! Join ATNJ Environment for a tree planting! Meet at 11 a.m. at the Westbound Historic Train Station at 201 Division Street in Boonton, NJ to assist in the restoration of the grounds! Planting projects have already begun on site, and we’ll help add plants and trees to the walkway areas. The project manager will have landscapers on site to assist and direct if we need their help, and volunteer pro photographer Derek Boen will be on site with us to get pictures of our teamwork. We hope to see you there at 11 a.m.! Backup parking at 202 Myrtle Ave. if needed.
Saturday, June 2: Paint the State Orange
Join our members and sisters in Moms Demand Action in wearing orange on June 2. We have so far to go, yet through our action, we’ve had many successes. Going town to town, Moms Demand Action has persuaded towns to proclaim June 2 National Gun Violence Awareness Day. If you can, join the Youth Over Guns March Across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Thursday, June 7: Lobby day in Trenton! Join the fight for a fairer state budget! Join the Better Choices for New Jersey coalition, including ATNJ, for a lobby day in Trenton to advocate for Governor Murphy’s budget supporting working families, slashing service costs and asking millionaires and corporations to pay their fair share. Meet at 10 a.m. at NJEA Headquarters, 180 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08608 for a quick training before the lobbying effort begins at the statehouse!
County & District Actions Across the State
CD11 Champions encourage all to attend GOTV rallies this weekend, posting a Mikie Sherrill rally schedule:
NJ5 Coalition celebrates successes this week! NJ5 Coalition is a collective of 30+ smaller grassroots and Democratic-leaning groups including Action Together county chapters within NJ5. Our page is facebook.com/NJ5Coalition.
– The coalition successfully lobbied Congressman Gottheimer to sign the discharge petition to protect DACA recipients and vote NO on the GOP Farm Bill
– We had our first coalition canvass (NJ5 Coalition + Swing Left) on May 6th in Hackensack and knocked on over 200 doors to ask voters what issues matter to them and remind them of the upcoming midterm elections (photo attached)
– Our next CALL TO ACTION is a coalition canvass in Teaneck this Sunday June 3rd, folks can rsvp here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2352507814975875/
Cape May County
Friday, June 1: #FamiliesBelongTogether National Day of Action
Alison Arne of Cape May County reminds us that today, June 1 is a #FamiliesBelongTogether National Day of Action – here is an excellent toolkit you can use to take action.
Action Together Gloucester County, has been active, both with phone banking for Tanzie Youngblood and Voter Registration Outreach.
We organized a month-long voter Registration Outreach on the weekends in Glassboro, NJ, and had a Voter Drive for Earth Day in National Park, NJ at the Redbank Battleground.
Thanks again for being part of us! Are you interested in learning or doing more? Join an ATNJ focus team! Whether you want to work in any of our active legislative areas (Civil Rights, Environment, Drug Policy Reform, Healthcare, Immigration) or any of the Flip District teams, we definitely have need of and use for your talent!
Don’t see something here you like? Suggest a new initiative you’d like to create and lead to Lizzie Foley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you! We hope to see you at the Gala! If you’re not able to make it but still wish to support ATNJ efforts, please donate here.
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About Action Together New Jersey
ATNJ, a non-profit, progressive group, is the largest grassroots organization in New Jersey. ATNJ has chapters in every county because change is local. Functioning as a central command for statewide initiatives and legislative actions, ATNJ’s teams work with coalitions of like-minded groups to serve the public by educating the electorate, providing a platform for progressive candidates, advancing legislative proposals with elected officials, and working in concert with advocacy groups for human rights. ATNJ seeks to promote equality and progressive ideals and to secure a more inclusive, fair and equitable future for New Jersey and the nation. For more information, visit www.ATNJ.org.