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July Community Gathering - Sunday, July 21
Join us for a canal walk at 3:00 pm, meeting north of Lambertville at the parking lot past the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum. Then at 4:00 pm, we’ll gather at Bell’s Tavern for ILNH Happy Hour. Cash bar, with appys provided by ILNH. Come for a Happy, Healthy, Summer Sunday Social!

Hunterdon County 4-H Fair - August 21 through August 25. 
 Sign Up Now to Volunteer for Shifts - See more info under ILNH FYI
The Need for a Movement Toward Reproductive Justice

ILNH held its first Springboard on Reproductive Rights on Tuesday, July 9th at the Kalmia Club in Lambertville. The Springboard featured a panel of experts moderated by Diane Abatemarco, including...

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Civics 101 – Reproductive Rights Under Fire

In the crucible of reproductive rights, the threat to Roe v. Wade is already being waged. Should the Supreme Court overturn that historic court precedent, whether a woman has the right to choose abortion would become a states’ issue.


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  • There are about 900,000 abortions in the U.S. each year, a 40% reduction since 1990.
  • That’s 18.8 abortions for every 100 pregnancies.
  • The number of abortion providers has dropped from a high of 2,918 in 1982 to 1,671 in 2014.
  • The number of deaths annually in the U.S. resulting from abortions has declined from 2,700 women in 1930 to about 200 in 1965 to around 10 currently.
  • 88% of abortions take place in developing countries.
  • 49% of abortions in developing countries are unsafe. 
  • 6.9 million women are treated annually in developing regions for complications from unsafe abortions.

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No Peace, No Freedom for Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers


Several ILNH activists participated in protests against the treatment of immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In the photos, Indivizzies Susan Shapiro and Terry Rice stand with other protesters at the Elizabeth (NJ) Detention Center.
 

Red, White and Blue - John Smith

In the photograph she wears red pants; her father, blue shorts. Their skin’s white, but not as white as the white on our flag. 
She is snuggled tight under the back of Daddy’s black T-shirt as if in a sling-pouch, one arm slung around his neck, her stubby fingers tangled in the wet weeds of his hair, both of them afloat face down in muddy water, their limp bodies run aground too late. Either she held on even after he thrashed, spasmed, bucked like a terrified bull, then went slack; or she would not let go while he slapped water, one exhausted arm after the other, the distant shore inching closer. She held tight and squirmed, kicked, cried out for her mother then stopped and sagged heavy as a backpack full of stone. What if he had to bear her dead weight until his lungs burst into flames, and he breathed the river in to stop the burning, then sank? Who can imagine such suffering, such desperation that risking the Rio Grande was the best option to begin with? I heard someone say, At least she won’t be separated from her father and caged in a concentration camp. Is that what’s left of mercy in this country? Is our compassion so limited that callous sarcasm is all we have to offer? Do we just sigh and rant online for a couple days then forget about a daughter’s arm wrapped around her father’s neck, hanging on to the only hope she knew drowning in the dream of America? 

John Smith has published poetry in numerous literary journals. His book, Even That Indigo, is available on Amazon. John lives in Frenchtown, NJ with the henna artist/calligrapher, Catherine Lent.

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Some Good News (Finally) on the Census

So, the citizenship question will not appear on the 2020 census form. That’s good news! (But don’t sleep on this -- there is already a push to get it included on the 2030 form!) Amid all the flurry over the question in the past few weeks, it was easy to miss some positive census developments here in New Jersey.

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Changing the Conversation Together: Join Us in Taking a New Approach to Canvassing -

Have you ever wondered if what we’ve been doing can make a difference? ILNH is constantly looking for ways to save democracy from the attacks we witness on a daily basis. You might ask: can ILNH really save democracy?

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ILNH FYI 

Sign up now for the Hunterdon County 4-H Fair Indivisible Booth - Once again, ILNH will hold down the fort on the best corner at the fair. Dates are Wednesday, August 21 to Sunday August 25. We need volunteers for AM and PM managers, plus three people for each shift (two or three hours) and for set up on Tuesday, Aug. 20th. 

New plans for the booth are taking shape, so join us and make sure you eat your annual share of Fair food. Sign up at the link.

Note: Ignore the column with $0.00 and just click the dot for the shift you want. You’ll fill in details on the next page. Any questions, contact Deb Kline or Elyria Lerman.

Civil Rights - Thank NJ Governor Murphy for signing A314- the restrictions on solitary confinement. The bill passed just as we closed the deadline for this newsletter edition. And thanks to all the ILNH’ers who called and wrote him to encourage him to sign. 

Civil Rights Book Club has picked its next book. Solitary, by Albert Woodfox is the story of a man who spent four decades in solitary confinement in a Louisiana prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Start reading and stay tuned for the meeting date.

NEEDED: GOTV leaders! With the first 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate in the history books, ILNH needs GOTV leaders to help coordinate our activities and ensure the Big Blue Wave washes out this administration, its GOP sycophants and maintains those hard won Dem seats from 2016. Ideally, we have an overall leader, plus GOTV-NJ and a GOTV-PA leaders. Contact any member of the leadership team to throw your hat in the ring. 

Upcoming!

  • July 17: Energy master plan hearing and rally at the State House Annex in Trenton, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • July 18: Governing body of the city meeting at the Acme in Lambertville, 7 pm
  • July 21: ILNH Healthy Summer Sunday Social - 3 pm canal walk, 4 pm Bell’s Tavern. Meet for walk on towpath north of Lambertville, in the parking lot back by Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum (turn off Daniel Bray Highway where you see the sign for the museum and go past the entrance to the parking lot). Cash bar at Bell’s, appetizers provided by ILNH. 
  • Aug 6: Environment team meeting at the Lambertville Library, at 6 pm
  • Aug. 18: ILNH Community Gathering will be on focused training volunteers staffing the 4-H Fair. Time will be confirmed.
  • Aug. 21-25: Hunterdon County 4-H Fair
  • Sept TBA: Changing the Conversation Full Day Training

Contributors: Amara Willey, Cindi Sternfeld, Cheryl Clark, Cynthia Zenkus, Diane Abatemarco, Elaine Clisham, John Richard Smith, Olga Vannucci, Deb Kline

Indivisible Lambertville / New Hope Leadership Team

ILNH Leader – Cindi Sternfeld 
Admin/Tech Team – Elaine Clisham and Karen Mitchell
Communications – Deb Kline
Events – Olga Vannucci
Finance – Elycia Lerman and Caitlyn Shoemaker
Issue Group Support – Sarah Gold and Susan Shapiro
Engagement - Nancy Boelter and Paige Barnett
Social Media – Nancy Boelter and Leila Rice
Volunteer Coordinators – Zoe Langdon and Mary Jane Legere

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