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Friday, July 1, 2016

Guns: A Plainfielder's perspective

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (with glasses) took part in
the Democratic sit-in to force a vote on gun control measures
in the House of Representatives. (Image: Star-Ledger)

Aficianodos of Plainfield
City Council meetings will recognize Iziah Thompson as a young resident who has spoken several times on issues facing the Council.

Thompson, who works for New York City tech startup Daily Clout (see here) is a graduate student at Rutgers in public administration. He is a graduate of Monmouth University, where he majored in political science and was a writer for The Outlook, the university's award-wining student newspaper.

Thompson recently had an opinion piece on the Democratic sit-in in the House of Representatives published by the website Fair Observer.

You can read his piece, "The House Democrats’ Sit-In Was a Joke, But No One is Laughing" here.

Thompson is critical of the sit-in, which he calls a "cruel joke,"  suggesting the tactic from the 1960s Civil Rights days is a distraction from real issues that need to be addressed by Congress members.

If you have been following the gun debate in Congress and the (evidently spontaneous) sit-in , you will want to keep abreast of more recent developments.

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman is one of many who took part in the sit-in and returned to their home districts to rev up support. She recently held a forum in
Trenton on the subject which was reported by the Ledger here.

The New York Times also published an overview, reporting on other representatives' efforts to advance a vote on the pending gun control measures (see here).

I encourage you to read and respond to Iziah's piece and become part of the conversation.

(NOTE: While I am happy to recommend his article, I do not share its viewpoint.)

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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