The “People’s State of the State” will be in Trenton Monday, January 14 at 11 am at the Statehouse Annex with advocates from across our state to elevate policies our communities are still waiting for in New Jersey. “We are calling on lawmakers to prioritize these policies this year.”
Leaders and affected people will speak to the urgency of marijuana legalization, voting rights restoration & expansion, licenses that protect privacy and civil rights, and other bills. For immigrant communities, this includes continuing funding towards universal legal representation for detainees, expanding access to driver licenses to all qualified residents, and more.”
The organizers explain, “Nearly a year since the swearing-in of Governor Phil Murphy and more than a year after the convening of a new Legislature, major legislation has been stalled, including a $15 minimum wage, driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, environmental protections, voting rights restoration for people with convictions, and marijuana legalization, among others.”
- Make the Road New Jersey: Defending immigrants.
- New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice: coalition for policies in NJ that welcome and support immigrants to become rooted economically, politically and socially within the state.
- New Jersey Citizen Action: a statewide grassroots organization fighting for social, racial and economic justice.
- Clean Water Action: Empower NJ: No Fossil Fuel Projects.
- New Jersey Policy Perspective: NJPP drives policy change to advance economic justice and prosperity for all New Jerseyans through evidence-based, independent research, analysis and advocacy.
- NJ Work Environment Council: Working together for safe, secure jobs, and a healthy, sustainable environment.
- New Jersey Working Families Alliance: a grassroots independent political organization fighting for a government that represents the needs and values of working families.
This event takes place one day before Governor Murphy will deliver his State of the State Address on January 15. He is expected to outline his plans to improve the financial security of middle-class families in New Jersey. Murphy says, “This year’s State of the State will focus on continuing to make New Jersey a better, more affordable place to live, work, and raise a family.”
What we hear from Murphy above are vague promises. What is needed is action, particularly from our Legislature.