Demand action to stop gun violence, Rahway!

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Voice of the People by James J. Devine

I have told a lot of stories about people changing the world, powered by sheer determination in David vs. Goliath battles for justice, many of which I witnessed from a behind-the-slingshot point of view.

As a community organizer for the New Jersey Environmental Federation in the 1980s, political director for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee in the 1990s and as an activist today with MoveOn.org, Democracy for America, Organizing for America, the National Organization for Women, and other progressive change groups, I have engaged in tough fights for good causes.

In the race for Rahway Mayor, only one candidate will fight for common-sense laws to reduce gun violence. The other one is trying to hide the problem of violent crime, ignoring the fact that just one out of four reported crimes was solved last year, while paying the police chief and his wife a combined salary in excess of $300,000 a year.

Since the December 2012 shooting in Newtown, CT, there have been at least 62 school shootings in America but leaders faied to approve common-sense laws to prevent gun violence and save lives.

Communities all over the country live in fear of gun violence. That’s unacceptable. We should feel secure in sending our children to school — comforted by the knowledge that they’re safe. Instead of taking action, Rahway City Hall is trying to cover up incidents of shootings.

With your support, I will use common-sense to combat gun violence and courage to correct ineptitude, because that is what needs to be done to keep Rahway safe. I would be grateful for your support in the June 3 primary election for Mayor and invite you to visit www.jamesdevine.org to get more information about my candidacy.


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