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Ridgewood JOLT Now Working to Subvert Democracy?

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Ridgewood NJ, strange goings on at Ridgewood JOLT, the organization that claims :

Ridgewood JOLT is a community organization activating citizens to JOIN ORGANIZE LEAD and TEACH. Our mission is to protect and fight for our democracy through active participation in upcoming elections, monitoring and acting on legislative activity, educating ourselves and others as to our rights and our laws, and using the power of our purse to affect change and require accountability from corporations dependent on our economic participation.

Yet three of its members are in full agreement in attempts to “filter” and censor a group of ‘known agitators” clearly subverting the cause of democracy that thrives off of vigorous debate and goes gainst its stated mission.

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Rewriting history and white-washing reality, Principal Gorman is no longer referring to the just-concluded event as a “walkout”, but is now confusedly describing it as to an “assembly”, “civil disobedience”, “democracy”, and “civil debates”

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Rewriting history and white-washing reality, Principal Gorman is no longer referring to the just-concluded event as a “walkout”, but is now confusedly describing it as to an “assembly”, “civil disobedience”, “democracy”, and “civil debates”. Does he get paid by the word?:
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March 14, 2018
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Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s), Students, Faculty, and Staff:
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Today I write to you both as a father and a principal. In recent years, our schools and country have faced too much violence and too many innocent lives have been taken from us.
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On the one-month anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, we stand with our brothers and sisters in all schools to say “enough.” We mourn the victims and send our support to the Parkland community and all the others who have suffered similar tragedies.
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At 10:00 A.M., many Ridgewood High School students joined tens of thousands of teachers and students in solidarity. Students Demand Action, a newly formed club at RHS, led an assembly on the front lawn of the high school with speeches and a moment of silence. The students paid tribute to the victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and expressed their desire for safer schools. After 17 minutes, they returned to the building to resume class.
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Simultaneously, another newly formed student-led group assembled in the Campus Center to advocate for safer schools and Second Amendment rights. They also engaged in speeches and a moment of silence to pay tribute to the victims.
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Students who did not wish to participate in either assembly, remained in class with the teacher or, if on a free period, in the building with designated faculty members.
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The students of Ridgewood High School are passionate about their various causes. Today was no different. Having two differing student-led groups peacefully assemble at the school advocating for their causes was civil disobedience and democracy in action. What makes America and RHS so great is that we can have civil debates on sensitive subjects.
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Students, know that your cause does not end today. Your strength and purpose happens in what you do in the 18th minute and beyond. Your teachers have taught you how to debate issues, research subjects, and advocate for your causes. You have the skills and the power to make a difference. Many of you are eligible to vote and the rest will be of age within one to three years. I encourage you to listen to your heart and decide what you wish to do.
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Today’s solemn anniversary gives us a chance to pause and reflect upon what is truly important in life. So I offer these thoughts:
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I pray for all the victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, First Baptist Church, Pulse Night Club, and The Harvest Music Festival to name few of the most recent massacres. May the families and communities heal and find peace in their lives.
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I implore the lawmakers of this land to hear our plea and find the courage to create sensible gun laws to help prevent the 35,000 gun deaths and 100,000 gun wounds annually.
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I hope that all the victims of violence find peace. Too many innocent lives that have so much potential and so much to offer have been lost. There is no place in our society for sexual, racial, physical, or school violence. We owe it to all people, adults and children alike, to provide them with safety and security.
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I wish for the students and adults who need mental health support and related services to receive the care they deserve. More attention and services need to be allocated to these issues.
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And, I dream that all the teachers and students of Ridgewood High School reach their full potential, be safe and secure in this wonderful learning environment, and that upon graduation the students will take what they have learned and make a positive impact upon the world.
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Last, I want to assure you that over the past several years, Ridgewood High School has taken many steps to make the school safer and more secure. However, the best way to prevent a tragedy is to address it before it occurs. Students, if you see something, say something. It is the responsibility of all of us – teachers, staff, parents, and students – to speak up. If you are concerned about inappropriate social media postings, notify your parents, the police, or a faculty member. And if you know of a friend who is in need of some assistance, we have counselors, grade advisors, administrators, and teachers to help.
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Ridgewood High School is known for its tradition of excellence. But I want us to go beyond that motto. I want Ridgewood High School and all its students to cultivate a culture of kindness, gratitude, and love. We cannot control everything but we can control how we treat each other. Every teacher, administrator, and staff member loves you and is here for you whenever you need us. By working together, we will continue to keep RHS a safe and nurturing place.
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Sincerely,
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Thomas A. Gorman, Ed.D.
Principal

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Is the Village Manager is really questioning spending 40K?

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April 1st 2016

Ridgewood NJ, from the Take Back Ridgewood Facebook page , Your Village Manager is questioning spending 40K on an election (are we living in democracy?), while she was busy in spending 122K of OUR money to get construction documents for a design that was yet to be discussed with public?

They asked for change order of $120,000.00 because they had already spent the $295,000.00 on all of the plans for a design that was not finalized!! And we wonder why they won’t budge on the current plan. Do not blame us for wasting the taxpayers dollars!

http://www.tubechop.com/watch/7840960

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Menendez Prosecution Endangers Democracy

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Friday, 10 Apr 2015 11:42 AM

By Alan Dershowitz

Whenever a prominent political figure is indicted on charges of alleged corruption, serious questions arise. Is the prosecution part of a growing and dangerous trend toward criminalizing policy differences? Does it endanger the free speech rights of contributors? Will it constrain the legislative branch from serving as a check and balance on the executive?

These questions now are being raised in the context of the prosecution of New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, as they previously were in several other ill-advised prosecutions including those of former agriculture secretary Mike Espy, former presidential candidate John Edwards, the late Sen. Ted Stevens, former Congressman Tom Delay, and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

The reason these questions arise is not because there is no corruption in government. It is because the laws distinguishing between constitutionally protected political activities and illegal payments to office holders are vague and indeterminate. These laws give prosecutors enormous discretion to determine whether to prosecute questionable transactions. And the courts refuse to second guess prosecutorial decisions even in cases where selective prosecution based on improper considerations seems evident.

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Dhimmitude in Europe: How the fear of Muslim rage threatens free speech and democracy

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Dhimmitude in Europe: How the fear of Muslim rage threatens free speech and democracy

August 9, 2014 By Tim Burton

Our forefathers fought for the freedoms we currently enjoy, including the right to free speech. Now fear of Muslim rage has inspired European governments to crack down on those very freedoms

BIRMINGHAM, UK, 06 August 2014

The concept of “dhimmitude” was introduced into Western discourse by the writer Bat Ye’or in 1983. “Dhimmitude” refers to the phenomenon of non-Muslims appeasing and surrendering to Muslims, and also to discrimination by Muslims against non-Muslims resulting in their eventual subjugation in Muslim majority regions. Over the past forty years or thereabouts, governments throughout Europe have imported large numbers of Muslims into our societies without any thought as to how this might affect the indigenous population.

Any opposition by indigenous Europeans to this huge social experiment was countered with charges of “racism”, “bigotry” and “Islamophobia” – and even when evidence was published of the criminal and anti-social behaviour of Muslims in our societies, such as this report from the Law and Freedom Foundation on the Muslim sexual grooming of young non-Muslim female children, where it was revealed that Muslims were 150-200 times more likely to indulge in such predatory behaviour – the response of those in power was to play down such reports for fear of Muslim rage.

Even when it became clear that Muslims were intentionally trying to subvert many of our institutions – such as with the Trojan Horse allegations concerning Birmingham schools – such allegations were initially ridiculed as being founded on “racism”, “bigotry” and “Islamophobia” but were later found to be not only substantiated, but far, far worse than had been originally thought, with boards of governors conspiring to introduce a hard-line Islamic agenda in several cities around the UK. Despite this, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said that trying to introduce and reinforce British values in UK schools could upset “moderate” Muslims.

Read more at http://www.brennerbrief.com/dhimmitude-in-europe-how-the-fear-of-muslim-rage-threatens-free-speech-and-democracy-2/#hq1wPa4EFrd2HBOQ.99