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May, 2015 - Our America Initiative supports an end to the inexplicable decades-old prohibition on farming hemp, a plant with many acknowledged uses and benefits, from medicinal to industrial. To help us nullify the ban, we ask for emails and calls to your state representative and senator to support A2719, a bill to legalize industrial hemp. After you contact your politicians, please consider another call to the members of the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee, and ask friends of yours living in the districts of these committee members to contact them, since their committee will have the initial vote on the bill. Not only do we seek more open farming markets in New Jersey, but with your donation and input from our Advisory Council on OverRegulation, we hope to remove prohibitions for more products and harmless behaviors through more of our fifty state affiliates.
May, 2015 - Our America Initiative long has invited supporters to sign its national petition to forbid government spying on Americans without first having to convince a judge to give it a warrant. We gave up this privacy protection after the September, 2001 terrorism to stop future attacks, but the venerable Brookings Institution found that 99% of terrorism investigations since then have not required warrantless searches or data collection. A specific example of warrantless search has occurred for almost a decade on automobile license plates by the Drug Enforcement Administration. You could stop this violation with emails and calls to your state representative and senator to support A179, a bill to forbid license plate searches and data collection without a warrant. After you contact your politicians, please contact also the members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee to make the same request; if you know friends in the districts of these committee members, their contacting the politicians especially would help. Not only do we seek an end to warrantless search in New Jersey, but with your donation and input from our Advisory Council on Civil Liberties, we hope to end unlawful searches and restore privacy through more of our fifty state affiliates.
May, 2015 - Our America Initiative is pleased polls show most Americans no longer support locking up users of marijuana, and we encourage the signing of our petition to end marijuana prohibition. We also need emails and calls to your state representative and senator to support A2094 and S1896, bills to nullify marijuana prohibition in New Jersey. After contacting your politicians, please make additional calls to the members of the Assembly and Senate Judiciary Committees to express your support for both bills. If you can click on the links for the committee members to identify the location of their district, ask friends you know in those districts to contact these committee members too. It's through those committees that the bills must pass before consideration in the full House and Senate. Not only do we seek a roll-back in the Drug War in New Jersey, but with your donation and input from our Advisory Council on Drug Policy, we hope to repeal prohibition through more of our fifty state affiliates.
May, 2015 - Our America Initiative has grave reservations over the utility of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and over the plight of health freedom in general. Dying patients right now have their right to treatment smothered by an FDA which won't allow experimentation with drugs even though they've passed safety testing. The FDA does offer limited access to experimental drugs, but many patients close to death lack permission to access such trials, and the bureaucracy to access them discourages participation. To nullify FDA interference in health freedom, we ask for emails and calls to your state representative and senator to support A3474 and S2186, "Right to Try" bills. After contacting your politicians, please contact members of the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee and Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee to express your support for the bills which need the support of these committees before consideration in the full legislative bodies. We are supporting Right to Try in other states, and with your donation and input from our Advisory Councils on Health Freedom and OverRegulation, we could advocate for the critical issues of health freedom in even more of our fifty state affiliates.
February, 2015 - Our America Initiative supports S2364 and S2365, respectively banning local police from obtaining military equipment without first getting approval from the local government and requiring the Attorney General to approve and make yearly reports of each federal transfer. Since 1990 under a section now called "1033" of the National Defense Authorization Act, the federal government has been providing local law enforcement agencies with surplus military equipment free of charge. This encourages unnecessarily police to employ military weapons and tactics, and over $30 million in equipment has been given to enforcement in New Jersey. While the bill would not end the 1033 program, it would place roadblocks in local police militarization. Having passed unanimously in both houses of New Jersey's legislature, what's needed now are calls or emails to Governor Christie, at 609-292-6000, urging his signing the bills into law. We are pleased to be joined in this effort by the Tenth Amendment Center. Over-militarization is an issue not only for New Jersey, but also nationwide. With your donation now and input from our Advisory Council on OverCriminalization, we can roll-back the militarization problem through more of our fifty state affiliates.
February, 2015 - Our America Initiative supports PRN 2015 007, a proposed rule by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs' Local Finance Board to amend N.J.A.C. 5:30-5.4(a), requiring municipalities and other local government units to specify an "up to" dollar amount in each resolution that awards a public contract. The proposal stems from work by NJ Open Government Notes, which requested the rule change in the wake of a scandal where the municipality of Parsippany-Troy Hills awarded a no-bid, no-limit financial consulting contract to a company reportedly tied to the township's former Chief Financial Officer. Comments are open until March 15, so until then please call the Local Finance Board at 609-292-0479, to urge acceptance of PRN 2015 007, to specify an "up to" amount on contracts. Cleaning up government contracting is an issue for not only New Jersey but nationally as well. With your donation and input from our Advisory Council on Government Spending, we will advocate open government reforms through more of our fifty state affiliates.