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Council and Mayor Respond to 10% of “Requests”

Council needs to improve responses to citizens One of my campaig’ns most important and easiest to accomplish goals is for the Borough to review, update and improve the Newprov.org website. Much of the information is outdated.  In some cases, by years.  There is very little explanation of some links.  Here is one example: Below is …

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Seek alternatives to single use bags

On Thursday, the New Jersey legislature passed a ban on plastic and paper bags, polystyrene containers, and plastic straws. The climate change and pollution deniers will be condemning the move as destroying businesses, it’s the wrong time, paper is good, and more. The reality remains, we must decrease the production of waste across the planet. …

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Allen Swanson for Council. Participation Plan

Allen Swanson.    2020 Write in for Borough Council The Participation Plan I plan to advocate for the following reforms in how government functions in New Providence.  I call it my Participation Plan.  The Participation Plan is designed to improve communication between the citizens and our leaders, to increase transparency of government, to make government pro-active …

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Allen Swanson Announces New Providence Council Write-in Campaign

Citizens of New Providence This year the Republican candidates for the NP Borough Council are running unopposed.   This creates a problem.  That being, the candidates have no obligation to express their views. New Providence has been under one party rule for over 50 years.  One party rule is not healthy for any level of government.  …

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Get Rid of the Slogan “DEFUND THE POLICE.”

Get Rid of the Slogan “Defund the Police” I am on board with protesting police violence.  I am on board with addressing “systemic racism.”  I am on board with police reform movements. I am NOT on board with violence and destruction.  I am NOT on board with inflammatory slogans. The frequently seen slogan: “Defund the …

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Mayor and Citizens Address Racist Comments

The August 17, 2020 Council meeting had on its agenda a correspondence item from a citizen which contained some inflammatory statements regarding Black Lives Matter and a denial of “systemic racism.” As a result, there was some activity among a number of us in New Providence who are pushing for more recognition of race issues.  …

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Angela Davis on Hope for the Future

Angela Davis on Remaining in the Struggle In recent years Leslie and I have been fortunate to participate in activities related to the independent news organization Democracy Now (Truth Matters NP Issue 1).  One event I attended with DN was a small reception at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the day …

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Asheville North Carolina Approves Reparations for Black Residents

Asheville North Carolina Council Approves Reparations for Black Residents By Allen Swanson.    Truth Matters NP                                         July 16, 2020 The City Council of Asheville, North Carolina, has unanimously voted to apologize for the city’s historic role in slavery, discrimination, and denial of basic liberties to Black residents.  It also voted to provide “reparations” in the …

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Health Disparities for Race and Ethnicity

Health Disparities for Race and Ethnicity On May 7, 2020, The Center for American Progress put out an article Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity in the United States.  The link to the full article follows this section of the article referring to Black Americans.  The content has been not been altered. African Americans or …

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