"I raise up my voice — not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard ... we cannot succeed when half of us are held back." --Malala Yousafzai
A mere 98 years ago, women in America were denied the right to vote. The fight for women's suffrage began in earnest in July of 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention in upstate New York. Some seventy years later, brave women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucy Stone secured women the right to vote through the Nineteenth Amendment adopted on August 18, 1920. Surprisingly enough, four years earlier, Jeanette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, became the first woman ever elected to Congress.
On Thursday, June 28th there will be a panel discussion on "Women in Government" at the Pitman VFW from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. You are invited to join past and present elected officials including Assemblywoman Gabriela M. Mosquera, Freeholder Heather Simmons, Councilwoman Amy Rudley, Esq., and Former Councilwoman Debra J. Higbee for a lively discussion on the current role of women in government and how that role continues to evolve.
June 28th will also kick-off our "School's Out Summer Food Drive". Feel free to drop-off your non-perishable food item donations to the "Women in Government" panel from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the VFW.
We hope to see you there!
"This should not be America. Moral leadership has always been the most important part of our cultural identity; America is great because America is good. Somehow, in less than 30 years we’ve gone from a shining city on a hill to babies screaming for their parents. This is neither great nor good. It is an immoral policy that should be, and could be, ended immediately. I encourage you to contact your elected representatives-Congressman LoBiondo, and Senators Menendez and Booker-and make your voice heard. If the president won’t act then Congress immediately should. " - Councilman Matt Weng
Listen to Children who have just been separated from their Parents
"Blessed with the extraordinary privilege and remarkable responsibility of fatherhood, dads play vital roles in our lives -- inspiring us to reach for our highest potential, lifting us up when we need it most, and helping us become the people we were meant to be. Doing right by our families is the most important job any of us will ever have. On Father's Day, we thank the wonderful fathers -- and stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and mentors -- in our lives, and we recognize the sacrifices they make to be there for us, through good times and bad."
Excerpt from Presidential Proclamation - Father's Day, 2016 by President Barack Obama
To all the dads - and anyone else who loves someone enough to step up and take on that job - Happy Father's Day!