JOLT began after the Women's March, when the members of a small suburban book group felt inspired and compelled to speak out for human dignity, fair government and a just and humane society. What started with a simple post-card signing event has become part of a movement to safeguard our Democracy and preserve the basic principals that have guided us as a nation; freedom from oppression, embracing of diverse cultures; and to defend and protect our planet for future generations.
To JOIN together and use our power as citizens to affect change.
To ORGANIZE to advocate for issues which we deem to be essential, including but not limited to women's rights, LGBTQ+ equality, gun safety, and climate accountability.
To inspire others to LEAD in their communities, to reach out to neighbors, friends and strangers, and to unite for a better America
To TEACH the meaning and implications of legislation, gerrymandering, voting rights, the judicial system, and attacks on democracy
1. Daily Duty: 15mins4change
2. Educational Events: Learn about issues issues and hear from political figures.
3. Activism: Participate in post card writings, GOTV efforts, protests, voter registration events, and more.
Our effort "15 Minutes for Change" tasks JOLT members with taking 15 minutes per day to stand up for what they believe. Whether it be calling state legislators
(see http://www.brennancenter.org for scripts), participating in GOTV efforts, or even catching up on the news, just 15 minutes per day can make the difference.
In order to stand up for the issues we feel strongly about, we understand that we must support candidates who feel similarly. No job is too big or small for us, as we participate in postcard writing, phone banks, text banks, and canvassing for local and national candidates with our values.
As of late, we have seen horrific attacks on our American democracy. We cannot lose our country to extremists with plots to subvert the systems which make America such a fantastic country. We will continue educate the population on these dangerous power grabs and fight for our democracy.
Climate change is a real and present threat both locally and nationally. We have and will contribute to local efforts to encourage green buildings and automobiles while also supporting and advocating for further congressional and executive accountability on climate change.
We find the recent attacks on women's rights to be appalling and a brutal encroachment on American civil liberties. The current Supreme Court has taken unprecedented actions to change the course of American history and upend decades of progress. We will fight always to protect the right to choose.
We will be working on local resolutions concerning gun regulation; as well as items relating to marches or rallies pertaining to gun regulation. We cannot continue to see senseless gun violence, especially in school. We will continue to support local, national, and student-led initiatives to curb this epidemic.
Postcard writing is our bread-and-butter. We love writing postcards for issues and candidates we support. Take a look at some previous initiatives we have undertaken.
Ban Semis: Suggested Scripts (docx)Download
Gun Address (docx)Download
The Reins Act (docx)Download
Immigration, Suggested Scripts (docx)Download
Environment NJ Gas Power Stations (docx)Download
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (docx)Download
Support Murphy's Agenda (docx)Download
Uphold the Methanol Rule (docx)Download
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