On Friday, August 4, Kate Schumacher, Moms Clean Air Force’s New Jersey organizer, brought four volunteers to a Community Town Hall with Senator Cory Booker and Congressman Donald Norcross (CD-1). The event took place at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ, and was moderated by the campus’s chancellor, Phoebe Haddon.
The intimate town hall, attended by less than one hundred people, provided an opportunity for moms to talk directly with lawmakers about New Jersey’s air.
Issues discussed at the meeting ranged from prison reform to bringing dignity back to politics. Senator Booker discussed problems that are impacting New Jersey’s children, and touched on lead, smog, and superfund sites.
After the discussion, Kate greeted the lawmakers and hand-delivered 25 notecards that New Jersey members had written to Senator Booker. He was appreciative and gracious. Senator Booker even wrote a note card back that read: “Keep Leading Change.”
Kate has been working to bring the stories and dedication of New Jersey’s moms to the ears of her lawmakers, and the town hall affirmed that she has been effective. Senator Booker recognized Moms Clean Air Force as an important group of powerful advocates. (Tweet this) Toward the end of the evening, Kate asked the Senator if he would write a notecard back to the Moms Clean Air Force members of New Jersey. When he did, Kate was delighted. “I think I may have it framed,” she says.