ACTION ALERTS

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January 11, 2022

ISSUE: Power Plant in Newark’s Ironbound

 

Despite commitments to the contrary, the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) is fast-tracking a major new gas power plant in Newark's Ironbound community. The Ironbound is already home to two other fossil fuel power plants, PVSC's massive sewage plant, New Jersey's largest garbage incinerator, Newark airport, the seaport, and thousands of daily fossil fuel truck, train, and equipment trips. When is enough enough?

PVSC is planning to vote on a contract to start building the gas plant at its next meeting on Thursday, January 13th at 12pm. The Ironbound Community Corporation is leading an inspired fight against this plant, and they are asking us to amplify their call for Governor Murphy to stop environmental racism! Will you stand with the Ironbound in this critical moment?

ACTION:

 

Call Governor Murphy’s office at 609-292-6000.
(If you don't get through, try again! It usually takes 2-3 call attempts.) 
 

Script for call: "Hi, my name is ___ and I am a Sister of Charity/Seton Associate. Our Congregation has a long history of ministry among the people of Newark. I'm from ___ , and I'm calling to urge the Governor to stop an environmental injustice: the proposed PVSC gas plant in Newark. The governor supported the environmental justice law, and now we need him to stop this gas plant. The vote's expected this Thursday. Newark has had enough!  

 

PRAYER:

God of All Life, we give thanks for Earth, our common home, and ask forgiveness for all the unreasonable demands we have made on it.  As our Earth, its many peoples, its oceans, wild life and ecosystems are struggling to survive.  Help us to change our ways and guide us to live a life which is not centered on ourselves, but on all you have created.  We ask this in Jesus' name.  Amen.