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New Jersey State House
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Time & Location
Arrive between 9 and 11am
New Jersey State House , 125 W State St, Trenton, NJ
About The Event
Protecting Religious Exemptions in New Jersey 12.12.19
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, December 12, 2019 in the New Jersey State House in Trenton to stand in solidarity to demonstrate our opposition for bill S2173!
Arrive between 9 & 11 AM to be a part of the "line the capital" demonstration. NJ Advocates will line the hallways of the State House to show the legislators that we will not stand for our religious rights being threatened! Hand-out link is available on the IPNJ website, print out multiple copies to distribute to legislators.
*Please note: Testimonies may be heard by the Senate Health Committee, however, this option is not guaranteed. To submit your testimonies via email before Thursday (to be public record, not necessarily to read publically), send to: OLS Aide: Michael Fahnke firstname.lastname@example.org & Democratic Aide: Amanda Melillo email@example.com. Also please bring 15 copies of your typed testimony to submit to the Senate Health Committee members. When you enter the Committee room fill out the slip of paper distributed & indicate on there whether or not you plan to testify. You will be asked to share your name, district, opposition/support of bill S2173. and whether or not you want to testify.
Committee Meeting Etiquette: If citizens are permitted to give testimony, it is important to note that clapping, cheering or booing following testimony is NOT customary. We want to remain respectful of the proper legislative protocols while in Trenton.
Tips for Trenton!
Attire: Business Casual, comfortable, wear your Oppose S2173 T-Shirts if you own one!
**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. Voicing our anger and frustrations in passing will not help our overall cause.
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: 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.
December 12, 2019 details:
2 PM Senate Health Committee Meeting (S2173 is on the agenda)
Location: Committee Room 4, 1st Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ
*There is a Senate Select Committee on New Jersey Transit meeting in Committee Room 4 starting at 12 PM. Citizens can attend this meeting to ensure seating because there is limited seating available. We are seeking to secure overflow rooms for those citizens who do not fit into the main committee room. Seeking a count of possible attendees via this event registry option to get an approximate head count.)
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 12.12.19 to protect religious freedom for New Jersey citizens.