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August 31, 2020 Meeting Minutes



MEETING OF AUGUST 31, 2020- 7:30 PM


The meeting commenced with a welcome and pledge of allegiance.

Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute provided a presentation

chronicling the life of Alice Paul and her tireless efforts in support of women’s suffrage and the passage of the 19th Amendment. Ms. Beard also stressed the duty of all to right social injustice by non-violent means.

Following the guest speaker presentation, candidates addressed the meeting.

Assemblywoman Pinkin, Democratic candidate for Middlesex County Clerk, reported on the new call system for reaching out to constituents. She stated that door to door campaigning is not being done this year. Assemblywoman Pinkin also suggested voting early as soon as the ballot is in your hands if you are voting by mail. County and municipal candidates were introduced and addressed the meeting.

The next item on the agenda was approval of the minutes of the June 24, 2020 meeting. Upon motion duly made, seconded and unanimously approved, the minutes of the meeting of June 24, 2020 were adopted.

The Treasurer’s Report followed. Treasurer Erin Zirpolo reported that there has been no

change in the financials since the last report.

The “Swing By” event was the next topic on the agenda. Members discussed whether the event should be held. A report on the possible locations followed. A suggestion was made by several members to investigate the Avenel Arts Center as a possible location.

The meeting continued with a discussion of upcoming events. Daria Ludas suggested

writing and disseminating letters of support of the candidates as had been done in the past. The letter would be sent to municipal chairs, the newspapers and posted on social media.

Daria Venezia reported that future events being reviewed are phone bank training and a presentation on the safety of voting by mail. A food drive is being planned co-sponsored by the MCDO Black Caucus.

Lauren Micelli provided the social media update and explained her efforts in posting on

the various outlets. Members were encouraged to participate in the “I vote because……” campaign by providing quotes to post on social media. Candidates were also encouraged to forward their bios and pictures to post on the MCFDW page.

The meeting was opened to comments. Amy commented that she hopes the MCFDW

would look into providing advocacy for children in foster care. Andrea Mastro, President of the New Jersey Federation of Democratic Women, spoke about the efforts for the presidential election. She discussed Jersey Girls for Joe and Women for


The next meeting will be held via zoom on September 23rd.

Upon motion duly made and seconded, the meeting was adjourned.

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