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Murphy is turning out better than I thought he would in my former state.


Murphy is ready to end his obscurity. On Tuesday, when he is sworn in, New Jersey will become one of just eight states where Democrats run every branch of government. If Murphy has his way, New Jersey will become a proving ground for every liberal policy idea coming into fashion, from legalized marijuana to a $15 minimum wage, from a “millionaire’s tax” to a virtual bill of rights for undocumented immigrants.

Murphy, inheriting a stronger economy, wants to create a new model — a “fair” state, where the rich pay more and the poor have less far to fall.

“How do you jack up the number of incubators? How do you get venture money to be jazzed about this state?” Murphy said. “How do you make sure millennials find the communities they want to live in and use public transportation? How do you make sure the public schools remain some of the best in the country? We’re the most diverse state in the nation — that’s a huge leg up in that economy.”

He praised California and Minnesota, two states that got through the recession by raising taxes instead of cutting services, as his models.

“We are America’s number one turnaround story; that’s how I think about this,” Murphy said. “Eight years ago, that story was California. A state is below par, and new leadership is coming in to turn that around.”

One of the first “turnaround” priorities is equal-pay legislation, as Murphy has been saying, along with paid sick leave. Another turnaround priority is marijuana, which Murphy wants to legalize as soon as possible, as one way to fight a racial gap in criminal sentencing.




How a grassroots group in North Carolina is getting it done. :O)

Juan Miranda: It is definitely very slow and grinding work. It is something that, intentionally, we have been very disciplined about not just dictating what the issues were and what the solutions were, but really just going in and talking to people. As we said, working people are the experts on their lives, right? So, we started the surveys talking to people, as many as we could, identifying the issues and then trying to follow up with them. Obviously, people had different levels of engagement with the survey. Many people were sceptical for very legitimate reasons … it speaks to how deep people’s disengagement and sense of betrayal is, they’re just feeling forgotten and tricked and duped. There have also been people who, as sceptical as they have been … talking to us more, inviting us to their house … surprising how open people invite you into their living rooms and trailers.

Having those conversations, learning more about, “What are the things that drive them? What are the things that really keep them up at night? What are their hopes, aspirations?” Learning about their backgrounds and building some of those relationships and going back to them, it’s basic organizing. You create opportunities for people to get involved….

People have skills. People organize every day in their community, people organize every day in their jobs. It is basically just helping them see the talented organizers they are already and helping channel that. We started doing the listening tour and then helping folks organize their own house meetings or sometimes even bigger meetings. Then, [we] started doing some basic trainings, talking about power. That is a very important thing in how we organize. Power is at the center of it. We are in this to build power and to be able to make some real differences, and we understand that we can only do that if we have an organization that is powerful. By that, we mean lots of members who are actively engaged and building organization and taking action.

Training around racial justice issues is also a key component. …

My bold.

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