Shore Area NOW
Abbie Spector – President
Mariel DiDato – Vice President
Lynn Hansen – Treasurer; LGBTQ Rights Committee Head
Theresa Falcone – LGBTQ Rights Committee Pride Festival Organizer
Jill Stack – Recording Secretary; LGBTQ Legislation Investigator
Shore Area NOW Updates and Info:
1. Abbie reminded the group of the success of the April meeting with guest speaker Sue Fulton.
2. Abbie informed the group that our chapter has become an official member of the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
https://www.njhumantrafficking.org/ We will have a speaker on this subject in the fall.
3. Abbie reminded the group about weekly Wednesday Vigils at Congressman Smith’s office from 4p-6p.
4. Abbie gave a legislative update including multiple victories:
· Equal Pay Act, which goes into effect July 1.
· 22 Democratic women (over 2/3 of those who ran) won their primary races in 4 states
· FEC allows candidates to use campaign funds for childcare
· Hoboken, NJ made all public restrooms gender neutral
· South Carolina Dems stopped a statewide abortion ban
· Transgender people living in New Hampshire and Pakistan now legally protected from discrimination
· Delaware banned child marriage
· New documentary about the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
· 1,000 people mostly women and children, were rescued from Boko Haram
· Kansas enacted a new law making it illegal for domestic abusers to own guns
5. Lynn reported that the LGBTQ Rights Committee is working on HR2119 and A1335 and will have petitions for signing at the Pride Festival.
Program: Guest Speaker for tonight’s meeting:
Meg Cubano is the Community Engagement Director for HomeFront, an organization working to break the cycle of poverty and end homelessness in Central New Jersey. Some of the services HomeFront provides are emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, emergency food, clothing, affordable housing search, and job placement to name a few.
Meg spoke about HomeFront’s beginnings and the services they are now able to provide to the homeless families in the community. She also spoke about her role with HomeFront, the challenges the organization has/is currently facing in our political climate, as well as their many victories, including providing shelter to 400 families and over 46,000 hours volunteered to their cause.