It’s raining in most of New Jersey right now. Our extended summer quickly gave way to chilly and wet. That can keep some people inside and missing good things. But if you were planning to go to the New Jersey Organizing Project’s first-ever convention, you should pull on your sweater, grab the rain boots and go.
Why? Because this weather is the remnant of Hurricane Michael; we’re getting the tail-end. Michael’s the 3rd-most intense hurricane to make landfall on the U.S. in terms of pressure, behind the 1935 Labor Day hurricane & 1969’s Hurricane Camille. By September, we had 4 named storms going on simultaneously for the first time in 10 years, and this is the first season on record to have 6 subtropical storms. The Union of Concerned Scientists warns us of hurricanes more intense with climate change, higher wind speeds, more precipitation, and more damage especially to coastal communities like those in New Jersey. Sandy was America’s 2nd-costliest storm, behind Katrina. And climate justice is on the agenda today.
NJOP started on the 2-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy by 9 survivors, because the federal recovery program wasn’t working for people. But it’s more now, as the agenda attests. Here’s wishing NJOP continued success as they build organizing muscle for South Jersey and the Shore.
NJOP Convention: Our New Jersey, Our Future
Where: 489 Nautilus Dr. Manahawkin, NJ
When: Today – 9am-4pm