Norcross meets with millennials to talk guns, DACA, debt
Courier Post. By Phaedra Trethan
They gathered around the table at The Square Meal in Oaklyn to talk about ... well, whatever they wanted to talk about.
At the head of the table, surrounded by millennial voters, was U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross. The Camden Democrat wanted to hear what was on their minds Tuesday.
The cross-section of young professionals included a school teacher, tech entrepreneurs, college students, a stay-at-home mother, community activists and a young married couple. Two were immigrants; at least two said they were children of immigrants. They came from Voorhees and Camden, Somerdale and Collingswood.
And despite their varied backgrounds, many of them shared the same concerns with Norcross: gun violence, ethnic and religious intolerance, student debt and getting the people who represent them in Washington to listen.
The warmth outside on this unseasonable February afternoon was reflected in the intimate setting. The Square Meal, on a revitalized block along Oaklyn's Clinton Street, offered a wide table for the group to gather around.
When Norcross asked who at the table had outstanding student loans, every person raised a hand.
The electrician and former union official has been a vocal supporter of alternatives to four-year colleges, advocating for trade and technical training and touting the affordability of community colleges...