Political issues are what define a movement. In the 1910's it was Women's Suffrage. In the 1930's in the wake of the 1929 stock market crash it was the New Deal reforms of Roosevelt. In the 1960's it was Civil Rights. In the 1970's it was Women's reproductive rights, the ERA, and the anti-war movement. In the 1990's and 2000's it was LBGTQIA+ rights. Issues are what define our political struggle to be a more perfect union. They are serious issues worthy of serious debate.

Without progressive leadership none of these landmark issues would every have made the United States a more perfect union. The only way we will continue to become a more perfect union is with an organized progressive movement in politics.

Here are some of the issues that define New Jersey Progressive Democrats of Union County, the future we envision, and the issues we are actively organizing around.

Corruption in Government

Our founders knew well that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. One reason why local and state government has been failing the people is simply summarized with one word: corruption.

Our political leaders, some in the county Democratic Party, some the Mayors and council-people of our municipal governments, are part of a larger cabal of corrupt cronies who do not have the publics best interests at heart.

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Water Quality (Lead)

Access to clean water is a human right. With the multitude of failiures within our water infrastructure across the nation and at home, it seems as though this right is not guaranted. There are many issues in regards to water safety, ranging from chemicals that cause cancer to inadequate purification leaving unsafe levels of bacteria. However, the greatest and most damaging issue is lead (Pb).

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Ballot Reform

New Jersey is one of the only states in the United States of America that uses a line based ballot. The line-based ballot is designed to prop up unpopular political machines throughout our state; and, right here in Union County prop up the unpopular and corrupt Regular Democratic Organization and the Union County Democratic Committee. This allows politicians to ignore the pleas of their constituents, engage in self-dealing and self-enrichment, and still win regardless of the opposition. Ballot reform is the only thing that will bring democracy back to the people of Union County and New Jersey.

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