Rally To Take Place In Morristown at Vail Mansion From 12:00-2:00 p.m.
BlueWaveNJ, NJ 11th For Change and 32BJ SEIU will hold an Earth Day rally blocks from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen’s office, at the Vail Mansion (110 South St.) in Morristown, between noon-2:00p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
There will be music, family activities and — most importantly — a loud and public message sent to Rep. Frelinghuysen to stand by his promise to “preserve open space and protect the environment,” and to stop the devastating cuts to the EPA proposed by the Trump administration.
“These draconian cuts, which include the elimination of 3,200 jobs and nearly 20 percent of the EPA’s workforce, will cripple the EPA and significantly worsen the bipartisan public health crisis that especially plagues New Jersey,” said BlueWaveNJ president Marcia Marley. “We will not be quiet as Rep. Frelinghuysen chooses party over the public’s well-being.”
Rep. Frelinghuysen’s voting record clearly illustrates he has not lived up to his promises as a supposed supporter of the environment. He’s voted party line repeatedly against pro-environmental issues including the increase in liquefied Natural Gas Exports (H.R. 351); the path for the passage of the Keystone Pipeline; and he’s undermined clean water protections (H.R. 1732) by requiring a proposed Clean Water Rule be withdrawn – forcing Federal agencies to craft a new rule. This, despite the fact that four out of five of the state’s water systems reported some level of lead in their drinking water.
“Rodney Frelinghuysen believes people here in the 11th District won’t hold him accountable for his votes, and that he can shield himself from criticism with his family’s reputation and his empty claim that he’s “not a climate change denier,” said Elizabeth Juviler, Steering Committee, NJ 11th For Change.
“In fact, Rep. Frelinghuysen votes 100 percent of the time with the extreme right of his party against clean water, clean air, public safeguards and public lands. He has put EPA programs on the chopping block. He has a 0 percent rating from Clean Water Action and an 8 percent score from the League of Conservation Voters. How long does he think he can get away with trading off our interests and well-being for his own leadership standing in the party?”
“Climate change is real and its impact is evident,” said Kevin Brown, 32BJ Vice President and NJ State Director.
“In particular, residents in our urban areas are hit the hardest due to toxic dumping, air pollution and lead tainted water. These are communities where many of our members live and work. That’s why we’re proud to stand with our partners to speak out against the current administration’s plan to defund the EPA.”
“Congressman Frelinghuysen has given lip service, but his voting record says exactly the opposite,” said John Reichman, co-chair Blue WaveNJ’s Environment Committee and organizer of the petition asking the Congressman not to defund the EPA. “He has voted to undermine clean water and clean air protections at every opportunity.”
In addition to speakers from BlueWaveNJ, NJ 11 For Change and 32BJ, the Morristown rally will also feature Morristown Mayor Timothy Dougherty; Democratic Senate candidate for the 25th NJ Legislative District, Lisa Bhimani; director of Environment NJ, Doug O’Malley; campaign director Clean Water Action and David Pringle; Sierra Club director Jeff Tittle.
Based in Montclair, BlueWaveNJ is a thousands-strong grassroots advocacy and education organization working for change based on progressive ideals. Its policy committees focus on issues ranging from immigration and healthcare to the environment and civil rights. These groups have advocated for change through organized protests, on-the-ground canvassing, and outreach to state and local elected officials, faith organizations, and schools. Founded in 2005, BlueWaveNJ has also mobilized thousands of citizens to get out the vote in support of progressive candidates and platforms.
ABOUT NJ 11th FOR CHANGE INC.
It’s a grassroots, nonpartisan coalition dedicated to advocating for all citizens of the 11th Congressional District. We promote political transparency by monitoring the positions and voting record of our congressional representative, by fostering productive citizen-to-representative communication, and by demanding public accountability. The philosophy of NJ 11th For Change is rooted in the belief that decency and fairness is the public’s right, and we are committed to advancing common-sense policies that are in the best interests of all.
ABOUT 32BJ SEIU:
With 163,000 members in 11 states–including 12,000 in New Jersey–32BJ SEIU is the largest property services union in the country.