Immigration Justice Campaign Seeking Volunteers

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The Immigration Justice Campaign is a nationwide initiative seeking to increase access to counsel for thousands of immigrants held in detention centers who need pro bono representation.  

The Justice Campaign partners with legal service providers and pro bono representation projects that have a constant presence in immigration detention centers across the country. These organizations conduct expert screenings and identify individuals who are eligible for immigration relief, such as asylum, and who need pro bono assistance.

Then they work with their partners to communicate the volunteer opportunities to a nationwide network of committed volunteers.

he Immigration Justice Campaign supports its volunteers by providing access to an online library of training materials and toolkits that is tailored specifically to lawyers who are new to immigration court and immigration detention.

There are so many ways for you to engage, from representing a detained asylum seeker to spending a week in Texas with a volunteer team.

The American Immigrant Representation Project (AIRP) is a proud partner of the Immigration Justice Campaign.  AIRP is an initiative spearheaded by former Southern District of New York Judge Shira A. Scheindlin (U.S.D.J., Ret.) and Faith Gay, founding partner at Selendy & Gay, and whose efforts are overseen by an accomplished group of litigators and advocates in New York. 

The inspiration for AIRP emerged from recognition that immigrants held in detention centers have the deck firmly stacked against them.

The primary goal of the Justice Campaign is to increase access to legal counsel for thousands of immigrants held in detention centers. To achieve this, the Campaign is building a broad network of pro bono allies to serve the many thousands of detained individuals who would otherwise go unrepresented and training private lawyers with new tactics and strategies to enable them to vigorously defend immigrants facing removal.

For information or to volunteer visit www.immigrationjustice.us

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Flemington Councilperson Betsy Driver Guest Speaker at NYC Pride Rally

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On June 22nd, Flemington Councilperson Betsy Driver wowed a New York City crowd at the NY Pride Rally during her speech at the infamous Stonewall National Monument.  This year's rally was held at the original site of the first pride rally held in 1969 in Washington Square Park,  one month after the Stonewall Riots. 

In November of last year, Driver was elected to Flemington Borough Council and is the first openly intersex person elected to public office.  On June 11, 2018, Driver was instrumental in leading Borough Council to adopt a resolution declaring June to be Pride Month in Flemington.  An "unofficial" celebration will take place on June 30th at the Filling Station.  Betsy inspired High Bridge Councilwoman Natalie Ferry to also lead the charge in High Bridge and they too have officially adopted June as Pride Month. 

To watch Betsy's passionate speech, click the following link.      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEimrudvP3M&feature=youtu.be

 

Betsy Driver is running for Flemington Mayor, along with Chris Runion and Caitlin Giles-McCormick who are running for seats on  Flemington Borough Council.  A campaign kickoff celebration for Betsy, Chris and Caitlin took place last Thursday at Lone Eagle Brewing. They launched their campaign & new slogan; A Better Fit for Flemington.

 

 

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Arlene Quinones Perez Re-elected to Serve as Hunterdon County Democratic Chair

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On Tuesday, June 12th, at the Stangl Factory in Flemington, NJ,  Arlene Quinones Perez was re-elected to serve as Chair of the Hunterdon County Democratic Party.  Democratic County Committee representatives, who themselves were voted into office in the June 5th primary, cast a unanimous vote in favor of the Chairwoman and her fellow officers.  The election of officers also included Alan Harwick - Vice Chair, Helen Richard - Secretary and Eric Richard -Treasurer. 

In addition to the officers, additional members of the Executive Committee were also elected to serve under Chairwoman Perez. Both the Party Officers and Executive Committee members will serve the Party for a two year term (2018-2020). The Executive Committee members include Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach, Frenchtown Borough Councilwoman Michele Liebtag, Marianne Rampulla, Marvin Fields, Marlene Miller, Tim Korzun and Lois Zarish.    Members appointed by the Chairwoman include Michael Drulis, Harrison Gerdes, Lauren Grober, Laura Shaw and Dorothy Dawood.  

New Jersey State Committee representative Bill Courtney presided over the election of officers.  Courtney, along with Sharon Ransavage and Karen Becker, also State Committee representatives, will continue to serve on the Executive Committee. The three took office in the June 2017 Primary and hold a four year term.  

The highlight of the evening took place when Lois Zarish was presented with an award for Outstanding Service and Dedication to the Hunterdon County Democratic Party.  Ms. Zarish has been involved with the Democratic Party since 1968 and has served as the County Chair and the Executive Director.  In addition to serving on the County Executive Committee, Ms. Zarish is the Raritan Township Municipal Chair and the Corresponding Secretary for the Raritan Township Democratic Club. 

 

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Clinton Town Says Goodbye to "Mr. Clinton" Gene DeCleene

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The town of Clinton said goodbye to an icon. "Mr. Clinton", Gene De Cleene passed away Thursday, May 31st.  Gene was born and raised in Clinton and spent his entire life serving the community.  In 1984 Gene ran for Town Council and held that seat until 2008. He did however,take a 4 year hiatus to serve on the Hunterdon County Board of Elections from 1989-1993.  Gene was a Life Member of the Clinton Fire Department and the Clinton First Aid Squad. 

In 2017 Gene became the first recipient of the "Eugene De Cleene Civic Engagement Award", aptly named after Mr. De Cleene. The award was established by the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee and was created in order to annually honor someone who shows genuine passion for their community. 

A video was made in 2017 about Gene's life. You can watch the tribute video by clicking HERE

Visit Gene's permanent memorial site at www.wrightfamily.com

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Malinowski wins 2018 Primary

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In a landslide victory in Hunterdon County and across the CD7 footprint, Tom Malinowski won the Democratic race for Congress in the June 5th New Jersey primary election.  Malinowski will go on to face GOP incumbent Leonard Lance in the November General Election. 

Malinowski took Hunterdon County with 5066 votes. Peter Jacob took in 1596 votes and Goutam Jois 825. Across the CD7 footprint which includes Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Union and Warren Counties, Malinowski won with 66.8% of the vote (26,079). Peter Jacob took in 19.1% (7,474 votes) and Goutam Jois took only 14.1% (5,489 votes).  

On the GOP side, Lance won the Republican ticket with 24,856 votes or 74.9%.  He was challenged by Lindsay Brown with 4,774 votes (14.4%) and Raafat Barsoom 3,545 votes (10.7%).

On paper,  Lance appears to have gotten a higher percentage of votes over Malinowski. However,  Malinowski actually received more votes. (Malinowski 26,079 vs Lance 24.856)  Additionally, more Democrats voted for the CD7 seat casting 39,042 ballots versus 33,175 Republican voters. 

If you would like to volunteer to help Malinoswki get elected to Congress jump aboard Team Tom by emailing team@malinowskifornj.com 

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