Lopatcong Legal Defense Fund
For 3 years our area’s residents have been fighting a legal battle to protect the health and safety of our community against an approved application to build an asphalt plant 1600 feet from our elementary school.
Our struggle has been a typical David and Goliath fight against the big money, big business, and political shenanigans that introduced this threat to our community.
We humbly ask for your support to continue our fight. We hope you’ll consider helping us to fund further legal action.
Please help us to prove that even a small community can maintain a long and contentious fight against corporate and political interests – we cannot allow our justice system to favor the highest bidder.
The people are the underdog in this sad story but with your help, we can overcome even the greatest of odds.
We have been betrayed by a local government that first built several suburban developments, inviting families from all over to make their homes here, and then pulled the rug right out from under each them.
It is our distinct belief that these leaders should have considered the thousands of families that have purchased homes here before offering the heart of our community up to become a regional hub for heavy industrial traffic. There are more appropriate locations for such a facility and it is our hope that our legal fight will force them to find one.
Please rest assured that this is far more than a NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) campaign. Rather, this deal represents a genuine threat to the safety of our community and the quality of our water. Not only will this facility alter the character of our community and reduce the value of our homes; it will also endanger our families.
If you live here, love someone who does, or are simply fed up with dirty deals that exploit small communities for profit, please contribute to our cause. We are up against a powerful group of interconnected politicians, businesses, and developers who have a solid grip on regional decision making in our area.
So far, despite our greatest efforts, we have not been able to break through the shield of their connections and protections. Our only hope is to pursue our legal fight in the hopes that it gets far enough beyond their influence to grant us enough space to gain some ground in court.
Our small community thanks you for taking the time to read about our plight. With your help, we won’t back down!
We hope that our efforts will be successful and that we will not only protect our own interests but also empower other small communities, like ours, to stand up for their own as well!
Visit lopatspeaks.org to learn more.
Like us on facebook to follow our fight.
Donations can also be sent via mail to:
PO Box 74
Stewartsville, NJ 08886
Tax Deductible Donations can be sent to us through the New Jersey Highlands Coalition.
** You must write “Lopat Speaks” on the memo line of your check**
Tax Deductible donations, made out to NJHC, can be sent to Lopat Speaks at above address or to NJHC at:
c/o New Jersey Highlands Coalition
508 Main Street
Boonton, NJ 07005
*100% of funds donated through NJHC go directly to Lopat Speaks*
We have secured a dollar for dollar matching contribution, up to 10 THOUSAND dollars, from an anonymous donor!
Please help us to reach the 10k we need to receive the full match and carry out our appeals!
It is critical that you contribute what you can - that you share our page on Facebook, call your friends, email your contacts and help spread the word in every way you can!
We all need to pitch in and to compel our friends, neighbors, and outside supporters to do the same!
WE CAN DO THIS!
BUT WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT!
We need each family that stands to be affected by this plant to contribute $50 to our fight against it.
Join your neighbors to protect:
The health of our families...
The value of our homes...
The integrity of our community...
and the power of the people!
Do not let big money, big business, and big power exploit our community! It's up to each of us to contribute.
If you can't give $50, know that every dollar counts.
If you CAN give more, know that your generosity will benefit our entire community!
We have two appeals in progress, please do your part to keep them going for the greater good!
$50 is a worthy investment when you consider all we stand to lose if we back down!
Do this and ask your neighbors to do the same!
You must compel your friends to participate - don't allow a few of your neighbors to carry this burden alone when so many of us strongly oppose the plant.
We simply can't move forward without you - it's that incredibly and sadly simple. The choice is yours. I will walk away from this proudly knowing that I put in every last drop of possible effort and contribution, regardless of the outcome, will you?
If there is an asphalt plant in your backyard next week - remember, you decided it wasn't worth a small investment to protect the much larger investments you've made in your home and family, by simply turning a blind eye.
To all those who have contributed what they could and who never gave up, I offer my most sincere gratitude. The world needs more people like you; our community may very well pay the price for not having enough.
There is still time to turn this around - but that's gonna take YOU taking action - making a contribution - asking your friends to do the same - and appealing to your broader audience. If every family that stands to lose big on this industrialization of Lopatcong, contributed $25-$50 we'd be able to appeal several times.
Give something so you can sleep well - even with the toxic aroma of asphalt in the air. I'm gonna sleep just fine.
Just wondering if there has been an update?
Special thanks to the anonymous donor who just contributed $1000.00 to our cause. You know who you are, I know who you are, and although our community does not - we are are all truly in your debt. Your generosity is deeply and genuinely appreciated... and much, much needed!
Shout out to our first anonymous funder! THANK YOU!