January 9th: Arrive between 9 and 10am|
New Jersey State House
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Time & Location
January 9th: Arrive between 9 and 10am
New Jersey State House , 125 W State St, Trenton, NJ
About The Event
Protecting Religious Exemption in New Jersey
1.9.20 Senate Session
The New Jersey legislature is moving to pass a law that would remove your right to decline a medical intervention based on your religious beliefs. Join us on Thursday, January 9th in the New Jersey State House in Trenton to stand in solidarity to demonstrate our opposition for bill S2173!
Arrive between 9 & 10 AM to be a part of the "Raise Your Voice" demonstration. NJ Advocates we need to SHOW UP again, line the hallways or gather outside the NJ State House to show the legislators that we will not stand for our religious rights being threatened!
There are several meetings scheduled for tomorrow, please check out the Legislative website to see if your representatives will be in Trenton Thursday. If they are going to be in Trenton, contact their office and ask for a meeting. Dr. Sherri Tenpenny will be in Trenton on Thusday and will be available to accoompany NJ citizens if meetings are secured. Contact Innovative Parenting to cooridinate.
January 9, 2020 details:
9:30 AM Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Room 4, 1st Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, New Jersey
10 AM Senate Judiciary Committee Room 6, 1st Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ
10 AM Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee Room 16, 4th Floor, State House Annex
1 PM Assembly Quorum Assembly Chambers
1 PM Assembly Appropriations Committee Room 11, 4th Floor, State House
Location: New Jersey State House, Trenton, NJ
*Please note: Bill S2173 is NOT currently on the agenda in the full Senate Session that is being held in the Senate Chambers. However, they could slip the bill onto the agenda for 2PM Senate Session. No public testimonies will be heard but we can attend as citizens of New Jersey. Our presence is our voice on Monday whether we are inside or outside the State House!
Tips for Trenton!
Attire: (Inside) Business Casual, comfortable, wear your Oppose S2173/A3818 T-Shirts if you own one!
(Outside) Dress weather appropriate, layers & supplies to ensure you can sustain many hours rallying in opposition of S2173.
**State Issued Identification Required for entry to State House**
Parking: Various parking options available, there is a free parking Garage beneath the State House (the earlier you arrive, the more likely you are to secure parking here), Street/metered parking (bring your quarters) or local parking garages within walking distance available. Additional details here: https://www.state.nj.us/state/museum/rising-tide/directions_parking.pdf
- Advocate Conduct: YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. You are defending your rights, your children’s rights and the rights of your fellow citizens. Walk with your shoulders held high. Be proud.
- Connect with Yourself. Deep breaths, leave your emotions at the door. Emotions will detract from your mission. Stand strong and have confidence. You have every right to be here fighting. Be prepared for emotions to flow and have a strategy ready. Center yourself. Focus on the goal. Our message will only be heard if we deliver it calmly, with facts and in a professional manner.
Engaging Legislators: Senators & Assembly members wear special pins on their lapel. Calmly. introduce yourself, tell them what district you are from and ask them to please oppose A3818/S2173 & share a flyer (link to print out flyers/signs are on our webiste) with them.
Security: Please please be gracious and kind to security. Reassure them that you are grateful for what they do. Please refrain from recording, talking or face-timing on your phone when you are going through security. Please do not record security at all.
Children: Strollers permitted. Please bring games and snacks for your children to keep them occupied. Legislators enjoy engaging with children in the State House, have little Johnny hand them a flyer and tell them how much he wants to stay in school with his friends.
We, the people of New Jersey, demand that our rights — including the right to make informed vaccine decisions AND right to make decisions for ourselves and our families — be safeguarded. Together, we will STAND on 1.9.20 to protect religious freedom for New Jersey citizens.