Garden State Equality Town Halls – in May & June

I wanted to flag for you a couple upcoming events hosted by Garden State Equality, in part because I hope people who haven’t a chance to will come out to meet GSE’s new director Andrea (Andy) Bowen, but also because one of these upcoming events features a workshop on filing open public records requests. That’s an important tool to have in any activist’s toolbox, I think it’s important. And this one will be led by Iris Bromberg from ACLU-NJ. And trust me, they’re great at it.

I asked Andy how LGBTQ people particularly have used OPRA requests to uncover information. She reminded me of the following scenarios: parents interested in correspondence between school officials on bullying incidents, filing to see conversations between government agents about specific LGBT issues (legislation, regulations, etc). OPRA requests could help people look for these kinds of things, so that LGBTQ people (and allies too) can do their own detective work when they question whether the government is doing what it should be doing.

Below the fold info for two events coming up in the next few weeks – one next Tuesday, one in June.  

  • Town Hall next Tuesday May 26 (6 to 9 pm), Gloucester County Library’s Mullica Hill Branch (389 Wolfert Station Road, Mullica Hill, 08062). In addition to the OPRA workshop, this will be a chance to help set GSE’s agenda moving forward in an open and freewheeling discussion.
  • Town Hall Thursday, June 25 hosted by the QSpot   LGBT Community Center , 66 S Main St, Asbury Park/Ocean Grove, NJ. Agenda to be announced.

    Yup, as most longtime readers of Blue Jersey know, I’m an advisory board member at GSE. But I’d be writing about this stuff even if I wasn’t. I also live with a member of ACLU-NJ’s board. And ditto.

  • Comment (1)

    1. Babs NJSD

      She is the new face of GSE with a “can do” attitude and history of success. It is great that we have laws, but if they are not enforced or implemented correctly or effectively…. it’s a waste.

      You will like her!

      Reply

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