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Thursday in Camden – Rally in Solidarity with Protesters in Ferguson

Ferguson and Camden; one hit hard with foreclosures, the other topping lists of poorest cities in America, with double the national poverty rate, and nearly triple that of surrounding Camden County. Both with police issues; Ferguson the national epicenter for police misconduct, Camden, with its police services in flux – entire department disbanded, new force brought in, with officers much whiter and from the suburbs and young recruits who didn’t know the people they patrol. There are issues of loss of community control in both, with schools in Camden and part of Ferguson under state control and moving toward privatization. And high-figure jobless rates in both, particularly for young black men.

Rally Thursday: I got the heads up of a rally tomorrow for people to express their solidarity with the protesters of Mike Brown’s death and the militaristic police crack down on his neighborhood after his death.

When: 1pm Thursday

Where: Camden City Hall park area, 520 Market St

Participants: Camden community, CWA and other union members, students, faith communities (organizers list, jump page)

Michael Brown’s home going service was Monday, the day he would have started college. Amid the grief of thousands present were clear calls to non-violent action. His great-uncle, Rev. Charles Ewing, spoke of a “cry from the ground, not just for Michael Brown but for the Trayvon Martins, for those children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, for the Columbine massacre, for the black-on-black crime.”

Outside the church, thousands stood In the pews, family members of other black men killed by whites, including Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Emmett Till. Martin Luther King’s son and daughter, Martin Luther King III and Reverend Bernice King were there. (Here’s what you might not know about the service).

Michael Brown's father screams out
Mike Brown’s father screams out at his casket. Photo:AP

Photos: #NJEdMarch27 Rally for Public Education at the Statehouse

Here are the first photos I have from #NJEdMarch27, the statewide rally for public education, going on right now at the Statehouse in Trenton. I’ll be updating:

Newark is here, big-time – 5 buses of Newark students, parents and community members outraged at the insulting treatment of the city’s students, teachers and community of Gov. Christie’s appointed superintendent Cami Anderson, and her poorly-conceived ‘One Newark’ school plan. Included are a delegation from Newark Students Union, and their teachers and school board. Student teachers are there. Rutgers is there. Also from Newark, Councilman and mayoral candidate (and Central HS principal, on leave) Ras Baraka. South Jersey parents and teachers, Highland Park, Hunterdon, Camden, Trenton and more. Bonnie Watson Coleman is there, and so is Tom Giblin.

Photos by: @NewarkStudents, @mariecorfield, @BlackWomanTeach, @rcabanas27, @NwkParentsUnion, @dangold, @AFTNJ, @NJEA. Thanks to all.

Saturday: Booker, Weinberg, Buono – Rally to Support the Minimum Wage Increase Ballot Initiative

Just four days before Cory Booker – mayor of a city where so many residents are working at minimum wage – is sworn in as a United States Senator, he will join Sen. Barbara Buono in his city to call NJ voters to the polls to vote in an increase in our minimum wage. He’ll be joined by NJ progressive, labor and local organizing leaders, some of the very best in the state.  

New Jersey voters overwhelmingly support raising the state’s minimum wage, as two polls last month show. Monmouth University/APP poll found 65% of sampled registered voters backed raising the minimum wage to $8.25, and tying future increases to the Consumer Price Index. Only 12% were opposed. Rutgers-Eagleton poll found voters support the ballot question by 76% to 22%. But poll support isn’t the same as solid votes for the ballot question in November. And the vote is the purpose of the rally.

Booker and Buono will be joined SEIU Executive Director and state Democratic party Vice Chair Lizette Delgado, Larry Hamm, leader of People’s Organization for Progress P.O.P., Blue Jersey’s own Loretta Weinberg, the Senate Majority Leader.

What:Pre-election Rally in Newark this Saturday

Support the Minimum Wage Increase Ballot Initiative

VOTE YES on QUESTION 2  

When: Saturday, October 26th,  3-5 PM

Where:Washington Park in Newark

547 Broad Street, at intersection of Broad & Washington Streets,near the Public Library and Newark Museum

More info? bluewavenj2012@gmail.com or 201-306-4016.

Register here

At the rally, musical entertainment, elected officials supporting hard-working people, and info for voters. A host of good groups are sponsoring, including Planned Parenthood Action Fund, People’s Organization for Progress, Blue Wave, NJ Council of SEIU, NJ Citizen Action, Montclair NAACP, Local 194 IFPTE AFL-CIO, NJ State Industrial Union Council, HPAE, New Jersey Time to Care Coalition,

Fracking Waste Ban Assembly Vote and Trenton Rally Thursday June 20

promoted by Rosi

Josh Fox – the director of Gasland 2 visited Trenton on Saturday night and a whole group of committed environmentalists were right there to greet him.  I was fortunate to get a front row seat and to talk with Josh after the film.  

He was exhausted but funny after spending the last evening on Bill Maher’s show Real Time and  then catching a plane back east.  He even treated us to a little banjo playing too. He explained that he wanted to give the folks who are being affected by fracking the first chance to see the film – which will premiere on HBO on Monday July 8 at 9 pm. He also explained that what really matters is showing up to get your voice heard – like we need to do this Thursday at the rally in Trenton to try to overturn Governor Chris Christie’s veto of the fracking waste ban.

Too many folks don’t really understand the concept of fracking and just how much what happens in rural PA will affect those of us who get our drinking water from the Delaware River Basin. We need to educate them – now.  Some folks think that exempting the toxic chemicals stew from the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act means that the toxic waste is somehow OK if Halliburton uses it but not for any other industry. If they had to give fracking waste an exemption – that ought to be your first clue that it is toxic. They only have to treat it AFTER they unleash it on us all.  The fact that they want to dump it here in NJ and that Gov Christie is ok with that – ok enough that he VETOED a ban on fracking waste – ought to tell you that our Gov who appears to care about the Jersey shore is ignorant about our thousands of miles of shoreline along our rivers and creeks and especially the Delaware – our other coast.  The fact that he is desperately trying to REMOVE protections in the Highlands where the pipelines are going just shows how much.  Some folks mistakenly even believe now that natural gas isn’t even a fossil fuel.  Some folks mistakenly think that radioactivity is not a problem with fracking – that radioactive waste is only a byproduct of nuclear energy. They could be not be more wrong. Waste water trucks in Ohio are setting off radioactivity detectors.  Who needs dirty bombs when frackers are illegally dumping radioactive wastewater all over the place that is not accepted at treatment facilities where they expected to dump it?  Fish are already dying, even lifestock are getting sick and small children like the ones shown in the film are getting nosebleeds and testing positive for chemicals that only come from fracking. Now farmers are not even able to compete with the frackers for the price of water has increased and priced them out of the market. You can’t eat fracked gas, folks.

#UnfriendChristie goes to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook & his house

With still a couple of hours till Chris Christie strides into Mark Zuckerberg’s Palo Alto, California manse, we hear from our #UnfriendChristie partners on the ground that protesters are already gathering, ready to greet the right coast governor with a hearty left coast jeer. A polite one, as the San Francisco Chronicle points out.

Tonight at 5:30pm PST, Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan are hosting their first-ever at-home political fundraiser, for Christie. Local police are planning for valet parking. So it looks like all the guests will have to get out of their cars in front of the protesters and walk into the house, unless logistics change. Fun.

Meanwhile, we’re taking to the Wonderkind’s own Facebook, to message Zuck. Join us. Change your profile pic and/or cover pic to one of the ones below or snap a shot of yourself with your own (um, polite) message to Zuck. Marriage equality? Women’s health funding? Whatever steams you.  And please post them here, too!

Report on Project #UnfriendChristie (so far)

Thanks to strong participation – including from the Blue Jersey community – our week-long #UnfriendChristie outreach to Mark Zuckerberg is rolling into a nice success. As you know, Gov. Christie is in California for a big fundraiser at the home of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan – the first-ever time they’ve hosted a politician in their Palo Alto home. That’s Wednesday. But all week, Blue Jersey’s helping drive a now-national howl at Zuckerberg’s decision, particularly galling since Facebook has a good record in LGBT policies, and Christie is the only thing standing in the way of gay NJ couples in love marrying here. Here’s a quick report on what’s already launched, and what’s coming Wednesday and beyond in Project #UnfriendChristie:

Yesterday (Mon): We got great coverage on Day #1, including this national story at BuzzFeed. Yesterday was the launch of the #UnfriendChristie Twitter Bomb (what’s that?), made more audacious by the massive participation of all our allies, very much including the Blue Jersey readership. We tweeted to Mark Zuckerberg (@finkd on Twitter, if you were wondering) like mad, scores and scores of tweets letting him know the many reasons we object to his raising money to re-elect Christie. Most retweeted? That would be Rep. Frank Pallone (@FrankPallone, RT’d 19 times). Big thanks to him for that, and to all of you, including the many people who pushed out BuzzFeed at Facebook and Twitter.

Today (Tues): 3 petitions just went into circulation. Please sign any: (1) Democracy for America (2) Garden State Equality (3) NJ Working Families Alliance. Wednesday, as Christie’s being feted at chez Zuckerberg-Chan in Palo Alto, DFA and friends will be protesting outside and trying to deliver those petitions.

Tomorrow (Wed) – What you can do: Wednesday’s the fundraiser. And we take to Zuck’s own invention – Facebook. We’ll be asking you to swap out your Facebook profile pic and/or cover pic for a picture of you telling Zuckerberg what you think of his raising money for Christie (um, please keep it clean). Check back here tomorrow; we’ll show you what we mean.

This is a full-scale project, drawing on the membership, the press outreach and the social media skills of such groups as Democracy for America (here in NJ, and in California), Garden State Equality, Working Families, and CWA. Twitter Bombs. Facebook actions. Rally. Petitions. Press releases. And it’s an experiment, which means we’re all learning as we’re doing. Got suggestions? Ways to make it stronger? We want to hear it.

But you’re driving it. So, big thanks for that. (Just joining in? Catch up here & here). And, oh, if you’re on Twitter, are you following @BlueJersey?

Lick the Lame Duck Rally in D.C.

Duck at Rally
No, you didn’t miss the Lick the Lame Duck Rally yet, and I did not photoshop this. But isn’t it perfect?

Far be it from me to poke fun at the intended seriousness of a Tea Party gathering in our nation’s capital. After all, they’re currently feeling the shock not only of a botched GOP fight for the White House (Romney was so not the right candidate, they say, and well, duh), but also the loss of Chris Christie and the wonder-rays of conservative goodness that emanate from his very fingertips (okay, that might be overstating).

And so, like the fabulous Kill the Bill Rally they threw in D.C. as a more equitable health care system was rising, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), lead here in NJ by Steve Lonegan, is inviting its minions to yet another D.C. rally. The scare this time? President Obama and “Taxmageddon”.

Stop the Liberal Lame Duck Madness!

Register NOW to Lick the Lame Duck Rally with AFP on Thursday, December 13 in DC!

Really? You don’t like the president’s “radical agenda” or “Big Government” so you’re going to go lick a duck? This might be a poor choice. Duck might not like it.

The rightiest of the right wing has a history of embarrassing nomenclature. After all, these are the good folks who brought you the teabagger movement before somebody finally … Ermahgerd – that means WHAT with a scrotum??

Perhaps they weren’t familiar with John Waters’ Pecker. BONUS: Famous teabagger scene from John Waters’ Pecker, below the fold!)

3313864503_16bcc382faOf course when teabagger finally clicked into place (roughly 2 minutes after they looked up Santorum on teh Google) they fervently denied they ever called themselves teabaggers, willfully denying their own history. But I kid, because I love.

And now, just because I love you people so much, here’s the teabagging scene from Pecker. Jump!

Lick the Lame Duck Rally in D.C.

Duck at Rally

Far be it from me to poke fun at the intended seriousness of a Koch brothers-fueled gathering in our nation’s capital. After all, they’re currently feeling the shock not only of a botched GOP fight for the White House (Romney was so not the right candidate, they say, and we tend to agree), but also the loss of Chris Christie and the wonder-rays of conservative goodness that emanate from his very fingertips (okay, that might be overstating).

And so, like the fabulous Kill the Bill Rally they threw in D.C. as a more equitable health care system was rising, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), lead here in NJ by Steve Lonegan, is inviting its minions to yet another D.C. rally:

Stop the Liberal Lame Duck Madness!

Register NOW to Lick the Lame Duck Rally with AFP on Thursday, December 13 in DC!

Really? You don’t like the president’s “radical agenda” or “Big Government” so you’re going to go lick a duck? This might be a poor choice. And the duck might not like it.

The rightiest of the right wing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Brothers Industries, has a history of embarrassing nomenclature. After all, these are the good folks who brought you…………….

suggests they’re not familiar with John Waters’ Pecker. As it were.

Teabagging is forbidden here at The Fudge House.

willfully forgetting their own history.

bags

Hey, Gov. Christie, are these kids drug mules too?

Yellow school buses were stacked up and down West State Street as far as the eye could see. Looks like NJ Spotlight called it right, predicting that the vast majority at today’s pro-voucher rally at the State House steps were Catholic school students bused in for the day.

School-choice-rally-1.jpeg nj101.5.comI wonder. Do you think our pro-voucher, Catholic school parent Governor thinks these kids are drug mules too?

You remember this, right? Back from when Christie was gleefully building his national street cred as a bullyboy. Before he blamed that same reputation on the press. The Guv sure didn’t have any trouble calling public school kids drug mules for being the unwitting, cute little messengers of what their teachers and schools needed them to push. In his opinion.

This is big-time stuff, in case you mistook it for some kind of grassroots movement. Today’s rally was coordinated by a PR company called Jaffe Communications, who brag about the expensive-sounding advertising buys in targeted legislative districts, including billboards, bus advertising, and posters. To say nothing of the firm’s coordinated pitch of Op-Eds to news outlets.  

Some of the People Who Work for You in NJ

To begin to dissolve the collective bargaining rights that New Jersey’s public workers have counted on for decades, Gov. Chris Christie employed a masterful communications strategy. It isn’t easy to convince well-educated voters that the people who live down the street, or across town, are your enemy.

To do it, Christie had to turn … the bus driver you see every day … your kid’s math teacher … the guy who works at the library … the lady who makes lunches for the folks at Vineland Developmental Center .. the cop … the firefighter … the woman sitting up all night helping a WWII veteran die peacefully … into caricature. They are middle class, or working class. But he calls them rich, tells you they’re cheating you every day, that they’re the ones responsible for a deadened economy. Because they’re greedy. Bloodsuckers.

He has to depersonalize them in order to do all that. He’s good at it, too. We hear he’s going places. And some Democrats stand behind him. The ones that do not deserve to know how many people are standing behind them. Waving across the country now, with some powerful interests behind it, is an effort to get people to turn against each other, blame each other, instead of seeking better governmental solutions, better lawmakers, better spending priorities.

Tomorrow, the NJ Assembly votes on a bill hostile to our public workers. It will make national news. If you can get there, come to the State House at noon. Thousands of people will await the vote. As Couch Potato Politics tells us, it’s not too late to call Assembly members.

Meanwhile, here’s a reminder of who Chris Christie’s talking about when he tells you who New Jersey’s public workers are: