Imagine being a gay or transgender teenager whose family decides to “fix” you through conversion therapy sessions -- medically unsound, non-scientific interventions purporting to change sexual orientation or gender identity. Since you’re a minor, refusal is not an option. Many LGBT adults who have undergone the process describe it as torturous, traumatic and harmful.
Conversion therapy has been condemned by the American Medical Association. A 2015 New Jersey court case officially ruled it to be fraud. And former U.S. Surgeon General, David Satcher, issued a report stating that "there is no valid scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be changed."
When NJ legislators voted overwhelmingly to oppose this type of treatment on minors, guess who voted against abolishing the practice? Jay Webber.
Protect LGBTQ teens.
Vote Mikie Sherrill November 6.
Essex County voters – you now have a choice of TWO places in which you can vote early in Election 2016. An additional center is now open at South Mountain Recreation Complex, Turtle Back Zoo, Education Building, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange. Here is a .pdf from the Essex County Clerk's Office with early-voting center information.
The South Mountain center will be open:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, October 22-24: 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 25: Closed; Newark Office is open
Friday, October 26: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, October 29: 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 30: Closed; Newark Office is open
Wednesday, October 31: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, November 1: 11:30 a.m – 7 p.m.
Friday, November 2: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 3: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Monday, November 5: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Early voting continues to be available at the Essex County Hall of Records, 465 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Room 247, Newark. Hours at Newark are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Monday, November 5, early voting in Newark closes at 3 p.m.
Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
Mikie Sherrill, Democratic candidate for the 11th District congressional seat, has picked up two important endorsements from the editorial boards of The New York Times and the Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper.
Vote Mikie Sherrill for Congress: Webber is too fanatical (Star-Ledger)
Highlights: Sherrill’s “sterling background as a Navy veteran, helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor” and “sensible defense of our health care coverage [and] gun safety” are contrasted with “Webber’s bear hug of President Trump and a Republican party that’s careened to the far right.” The Star-Ledger’s editorial board writes that Webber’s state legislature voting record “proves he’s far too extreme for the people of this district.”
Candidates Who Can Help Take Back the House (The New York Times)
Highlights: Sherrill is featured as one of six candidates The Times’ editorial board considers to be strong choices for “representatives in Congress who will act against corruption in the Trump administration and work for legislation to provide health care, public services and jobs to Americans, as opposed to tax breaks for millionaires.” The Times notes Sherrill’s commitment to the Gateway infrastructure project and universal background checks for gun purchases.
TODAY (TUES. Oct. 16) IS THE DAY to ensure that you are able to vote on Nov. 6, 2018 in what is arguably the most important election of our lifetimes. This is the home stretch.
If you have not yet registered to vote in New Jersey, you have until today to register in time to vote in the general election.
GO HERE to find out how to register.
If you’re already registered to vote:
Check NOW at this link to make sure your registration is current and active. If it isn’t, go to the link above for instructions on how to register by Oct. 16.
Use this link to make sure you know where your polling place is.
IMPORTANT Vote By Mail Update: If you are a registered voter who applied for a Vote By Mail (VBM) ballot for the 2016 general election, you will automatically be sent a VBM ballot for 2018. Our VBM fact sheet has more details about important Vote By Mail updates for 2018.
Please take a moment, right now, to make sure you’re registered, and to make a voting plan.
Talk to your family and friends. Ask if they are registered. Encourage them to become registered voters. If they’re already registered, encourage them to check to make sure their registration is active.
Don’t sit this one out. There’s so much at stake this year, for all of us.
During Gov. Chris Christie’s administration, funding for women’s reproductive health care was slashed. More than $7 million per year was eliminated for health and family planning for uninsured women -- funding that went to lifesaving, preventive services including breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and HIV.
Health centers were forced to close. Breast and cervical cancer cases increased. And Morris County had the highest surge in bacterial sexually transmitted infections in the state.
Did Jay Webber stand with other legislators who voted to protect NJ women by restoring the needed funding? Not a chance. He voted against the bill that provided a safety net for low-income women.
Shala Gagliardi, Democratic candidate for Morris County Clerk, put up a video on her Facebook page recently that covers what you should know about Vote By Mail procedures, including what's new this year.
(Still have questions about the new rules for 2018? Download our handy Vote By Mail guide.)
When thousands of students and families across the state marched in support of tougher gun laws this spring, astute legislators paid attention. A few weeks later, New Jersey joined eight other states and Washington DC to pass laws banning large capacity ammunition magazines holding more than ten rounds.
Despite the fact that residents in our congressional district favor having strong gun laws, Jay Webber voted against this reasonable measure.
New Jersey has the highest foreclosure rate in the country. Following the housing crash, mortgage counseling and mediation services helped to prevent even more homeowners from going underwater.
What did Jay Webber do? He voted against establishing the Mortgage Stabilization Program that assists homeowners and lenders who want to refinance mortgages to make payments affordable.
A 31 percent drop in clinical breast exams in New Jersey from 2009-2012 at Title X health centers was the direct result of former Governor Christie’s drastic cuts to women’s healthcare services. By 2015, rates of sexually transmitted infections increased 35 percent.
A large majority of residents in our 11th congressional district believe Planned Parenthood should be allowed to receive government funding. Mikie Sherrill has pledged to “be a forceful voice against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, restrict access to birth control, and efforts to limit a woman’s access to safe family planning services.”
Click on the .pdf link for a handout explaining new Vote-By-Mail rules in effect for 2018 -- what's involved, what you should do, and where to get more information if you need it. Download and share with your New Jersey friends!
(Cross-posted from NJ 11th for Change's Issues Essentials page.)