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Refresh, Restore and Reboot at the November Community Gathering!
Nov. 11 at 3:00-4:30 pm - 204 North Union Street in Lambertville, NJ

Before, During and After: What Comes Next?

October 21st - It’s three weeks and two days before the midterm elections. I’m working at a canvass launch site and we’ve just sent out a bunch of canvassers to go knock on doors and spread the word about people who are running for office. More than half of the people we’ve sent off this morning have never canvassed before, and if you’d asked them two years ago they might not have even known what the initials GOTV stood for. But today they know and they are reaching outside their comfort zone to do the work of Getting Out The Vote...

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Undoubtedly, there will be winners and losers in the 2018 Elections, and it’s likely you may be sitting next to Cousin Bob with his MAGA hat when Thanksgiving rolls around. Here’s a few tips to help cool what could be heated interactions:

Say this: The voter turnout and engagement was real patriotism.
Not this: So we’re stuck with Tea Party anti-governance types until the next elections.

Say this: I’m disappointed, because focus on issues got lost in the attack ads.
Not this: If your guy hadn’t attacked first, my guy wouldn’t have fought back.

Say this: Can you say more about which issues cause you worry?
Not this: We’ll never agree on anything, so even trying to have a dialogue with you would be futile.

A Veteran’s Perspective

In just a few days, we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, a war in which 65 million soldiers from 30 nations fought for four years resulting in the deaths of over 20 million people. Hostilities ended at 11 AM on November 11th, 1918 following the signing of an armistice between the Allied powers and Germany. The anniversary of that agreement has been observed every year since then. At first, Armistice Day was meant to celebrate and promote peace while honoring those that had served in World War I....

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  • There are about 20 million veterans in the U.S., 7% of the population, and 1 out of 10 are women.
  • 4 million veterans served since 2001, and 17% of those veterans are women.
  • 9 million veterans are 65+ years old.
  • 7 million veterans aged 18-64 are in the labor force, and they have higher annual incomes than non-veterans.
  • 4-5 million veterans have a service-connected disability, 20-25% of all veterans.
  • Among veterans who served since 2001, 1.7 million, over 40%, have a service-connected disability, and nearly half of these veterans have a service-connected disability rating of 60% or higher, meaning more severe.
  • One-third of employed veterans with a disability work in federal, state, or local government, compared with 19% of veterans with no disability and 13% of non-veterans.

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Celebrate or Take Heart

It has been clear from the outset that we are playing a long game in the realm of healthy democracy. With the current president in the news every day with new and distasteful messages, it may be difficult to maintain optimism about our Republic and the fail-safes the founding fathers created to protect it. If nothing else, however, the last two years have motivated people to become more politically active and involved in the process, which is vital to the functioning of a healthy democracy in the first place....

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VA Hospitals - Serving our Veterans, or Not?

The largest healthcare system in the U.S., the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) System, provides a wide range of services to those who have served in the military. As a taxpayer-funded endeavor, it is often subject to scrutiny by the media as well as political fodder for either party or agenda. Due to its size, complexity and needs of patients, the VA health care network has its own unique set of challenges. Republicans have called for privatization of the system, but whether this would serve the best interests and needs of the patients is open to debate...

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Trump’s Military Agenda: Build to Destroy

Although not our biggest-ever defense budget -- as Trump likes to boast -- his two-year $1.4 trillion military spending authorization raises issues relating to economics and efficacy. On its face, our military spending should make our country stronger and safer, and, working in tandem with a robust and intelligent diplomatic effort, promote American values of democracy and free trade around the world. Yet we currently find ourselves collaborating with Saudi Arabia in a dubious proxy war with Iran, transpiring in one of the world’s poorest countries, Yemen....

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December Community Gathering:
Stay tuned for date/time and location.

Contributors: Amara Willey, Cynthia Sternfeld, Cynthia Zenkus, Elizabeth Watson, Lisa Bergson, Olga Vannucci, Paige Barnett, Terry Rice, Cheryl Clark, Deb Kline
Indivisible Lambertville / New Hope Leadership Team

Admin/Tech Team – Elaine Clisham & Karen Mitchell
Communications – Deb Kline
Creative Progressive Reframing – Open
Events – Olga Vannucci
Finance – Elycia Lerman and Alison Levine
ILNH Leader – Cindi Sternfeld 
Issue Group Support – Sarah Gold & Susan Shapiro
Membership - Nancy Boelter
Social Media – Nancy Boelter and Leila Rice
Worker Bees – Zoe Langdon

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