CRANBURY, NJ – The nation may have just inaugurated a new president, but another type of political direction splashed onto the local scene Jan. 23. Amid the driving winds and heavy rain that blew through town, 14 people reached for their raincoats and came out to the first meeting of a recently-formed political action group called Indivisible Cranbury.
Members met to voice concerns about what they see as trends away from inclusion, tolerance, fairness and stewardship for the environment, and to seek political action in support of these principles through legislation.
Within three days of the initial meeting, the group had grown to include 80 like-minded residents, according to a press release from the organization.
According to the release, resident and veterinarian Dr. Laura Zurfluh founded Indivisible Cranbury, with the idea that coordinated political activity among a group of patriotic, concerned citizens is the best way to protect and promote rights, principles and truth.
“After the election, I realized other people also felt sucker-punched, and I came to believe that together we could bring back the fair and compassionate America to which I’ve always felt proud to belong,” Dr. Zurfluh said.
Seeking a diverse membership of men and women of all races, creeds, gender identities and political persuasions, the organization is looking for individuals who are prepared to invest time and energy in defending basic American values that it says have been placed under threat by the new administration.
Indivisible Cranbury is following a framework laid out by former Democratic congressional staffers and posted online at IndivisibleGuide.com. According to the guide, “(President) Donald Trump is the biggest popular vote loser in history … (and) he will attempt to use his congressional majority to reshape America in his own racist, authoritarian and corrupt image.”
According to the release, Indivisible Cranbury is one of 2,520 such groups registered as of Jan. 25th.
At its organizational meeting, the group began coordinating activities, including a letter writing campaign directed at the White House, participation in a candlelight vigil supporting the Affordable Care Act outside congressional offices in Freehold and phone campaigns targeting state senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker regarding Cabinet appointments.
Individuals interested in supporting Indivisible Cranbury activities can search for and join its Facebook group, where information and calls to action are posted daily, according to the organization.
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