New Jersey’s 12th congressional district is am
ong the best educated in the country (census). And it has been repped for 15 years by one of the most progressive members of Congress in the country (Holt: Highest Progressive Punch score in NJ’s House delegation). Part of Holt’s top designation is a near perfect ‘score’ in Human Rights & Civil Liberties, and other issues of social justice.
And the race to replace Holt is one of the hottest in the Northeast. Tonight, all 5 of those vying for his seat take part in a special debate, hosted by ACLU-NJ, and dealing exclusively with issues of civil rights and civil liberties. If you want to decide for yourself who is worthy to inherit Rush Holt’s seat, for whatever issues you decide on, tonight’s a great place to start:
CD 12 Civil Rights and Liberties Debate
TONIGHT – 7-8:30pm (Doors open 6:30pm)
Participating: Republican Alieta Eck, Democrats Bonnie Watson Coleman, Upendra Chivukula, Linda Greenstein, Andrew Zwicker
Moderator: NJTV’s Mike Schneider
Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton 50 Cherry Hill Road
Registration suggested but not a guarantee for a seat. Get there early.
Topics that may come up: Criminal justice/drug policy reform, immigrants’ rights, voting rights, women’s rights, post 9/11 civil liberties, racial justice, LGBT rights, freedom of speech, economic justice and net neutrality, privacy and access to technology
Debate format: Questions asked of all candidates with a 90-second response time & possible 2-min rebuttal. Also – lightning round.
Your questions: Volunteers will have cards & pencils at the door.
Sponsors: ACLU-NJ, with American Friends Service Committee, Council on American-Islamic Relations New Jersey, Drug Policy Alliance New Jersey, NAAPC NJ State Conference, Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, YWCA Princeton and YWCA Union County.