Winter Break at the State House: April 18th, 2017

During winter break, instead of relaxing from a tolling semester, I spent my “down time” planning how to oppose the Pinelands Pipeline in the state capital. Alongside mothers, local government officials, and musicians, we marched through torrential downpour, and into the New Jersey State House, I spoke with Assemblymen and State Senators about the pipeline, and helped muster a decent amount of support from those passing through the lobbying area. Though it seemed to be a wash at first, The Trenton Times, a local newspaper with over 80,000 daily subscribers, considered it to be one of the most pressing issues — giving the protest a front-page feature. Largely in part because of the activists’ social media presence, and the circulation of that publication, we were able to garner more public support in a part of the state that is far-removed from the pipeline’s destruction.

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