WNJ Weekly Roundup (5/17 - 5/23)

Good Morning Weekend Readers – Today’s gorgeous weather is too nice to stay indoors!!


The following is the WeekenderNJ (WNJ) weekly news roundup, highlighting some vital stories from around the state and nation.


This week has been dominated by mass state and global protests to ‘Free Palestine,’ Violent Pro-Israel and Pro-Palestine Protest clashes in New York City, President Biden casually telling a reporter he won’t answer a question about Israel, unless if the reporter gets in front of a car he was about to test drive as ‘he steps on the gas pedal,’ New York begins to come back to life, and then takes a dark turn with Giulian’s son announcing his bid for Governor of New York, India records the highest single-day death toll in the world, COVID-19 restrictions reimposed in Asia, as virus resurges, and the French are back to enjoying coffee and croissants, as cafe and bistro terraces reopens.



LOCAL


NEW JERSEY COVID19 UPDATE

  • 511 new positive PCR tests

  • 885,632 total positive PCR tests

  • 91 new positive antigen tests

  • 128,155 total positive antigen tests

  • 16 new confirmed deaths

  • 23,424 total confirmed deaths

  • 2,660 probable deaths

Click here for more info.



NJ VACCINE UPDATE

  • 8,321,755 total doses have been administered in New Jersey as of yesterday morning.

  • 4,048,346 New Jerseyans are now fully vaccinated

Click here for more info.



OCEAN CITY

Francis McCormac’s 100th Birthday Parade

Kay Jacobs organized a birthday parade drive through for her father-in-law for the second year.


McCormac is a World War II veteran “who fought at Normandy and was at the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. He also recently received the French Medal Of Honor. He has spoken at the high school history classes, is a member of St Damien's Parish and is a regular at Arlene's On Asbury,” per Ms. Jacobs FB post.


Happy Birthday Mr. McComac!!



RANDOLPH

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day Everyone!! - The Randolph school board dropped Chrisopher Columbus in exchange for the Native People who were already here. Princeton as well as Newark are also celebrating ‘Indigenous People’s Day.


EDUCATION

IT’S OFFICIAL - Students are heading back to the classroom in September.



NATION


NEW YORK

New York attorney general’s office opened a criminal probe into Trump Organization this week


SPACE FORCE IS TRENDING AGAIN THIS WEEK AND NOT BECAUSE THE SECOND SEASON IS ABOUT TO BE RELEASED – Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier joined The Steve Gruber show to discuss his new book, "Irresistible Revolution: Marxism's Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military," which alleges that Marxist ideologies are becoming widespread within the armed forces. He expounded on those concerns in the podcast.


The Space Force commander was fired after comments made on conservative podcast. It was also unclear if he cleared the publication of his book with his superiors prior to the publication.


Meanwhile, people took to twitter wondering what ‘Space Force’ is/does, and why the hell it exists?!


FROM A $95,000 SPORTS LIAISON FOR THE WHITE HOUSE TO GOV'S BID

Rudy Giuliani son Andrew announces 2022 governor bid



EDUCATION

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, USA Study Abroad branch, and implementing partner, World Learning have awarded 26 U.S. colleges and universities IDEAS (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students) grants. Among those U.S. Colleges are New Jersey City University, NJ, Rutgers University-Newark.



VIOLENCE HITS NYC

Over dozens people arrested after a violent clash between Pro-Israel and Pro-Palestine coonflict, in Times Square, NYC, after the genocide attacks by Israel on Palestine.


Footage shows people punching each other, one man being beaten by several others while he lay in the street. The NYPD posted footage of people that they were still searching for on social media.



SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina's Republican governor signed a bill into law last week that sounds like it's from a different century: Death row inmates must choose whether to be executed by the electric chair or a firing squad if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.



SUPREME COURT

The war on the poor, minorities and women in the 21st Century

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy — giving the 6-3 conservative court an opportunity to reconsider its major rulings on abortion.


The fact that women (black people, brown people, low-income individuals, young people along with the LGBTQ community) in 2021 have to continue to put up with this infringement on their reproductivity freedom in a developed country is batshit crazy.



CONGRESS

Senator Bernie Sanders introduces legislation to block US arms sale to Israel


WORLD SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE

FREE PALESTINE

While politicians and police decided they did not have to listen or serve the people, a global movement emerged to demonstrate for Palestine's freedom.


Palestinians have the same rights to freedom, international law, and human rights as the rest of the globe.


London

In London, nearly 200,000 people gathered in London Saturday for what organizers said was one of the largest demonstrations of solidarity with Palestinians in the United Kingdom's history.



SOUTH AMERICA

Dockers refused to unload weapons bound for Netanyahu. The protestors also marched against his war crimes.





QUEENS, NY

On Saturday, housands marched all the way into the evening in solidarity with Palestine.



Other pro-Palestine protests:

  • Tel Aviv

  • Toronto, Canada

  • Manchester, UK

  • Philadelphia, PA

  • Manhattan, NY

  • Teaneck, NJ

  • Paterson, NJ

  • Denver, CO

  • Houston, TX

  • Portland, Oregon

  • Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Walnut Creek, CA

  • LA, California

  • Lexington, KY

  • And many more


WORLD

INDIA

States declared black fungus epidemic among Covid-19 patients surge in India


WEST WING

Biden will host the Floyd family on Tuesday, but will miss the police reform deadline. A large portion of the nation took to streets for over a year now marching in one of the biggest racial justice movements in our history, protesting and calling for the people voted to serve, to deal with police brutality, corruption and lack of accountability, and somehow this president had time to meet with the Korean President and speak against Asian hate, continued to support Israel - financially, going against international laws, human rights violations, the American people.....hell, he even seemed to embrace genocide, which was a rather dark moment to experience from this Adminstration.


So, can we the American people expect to have folks voted into public office, serve us, the people?!



FIRST AMENDMENT

Biden says he won’t allow Justice Dept. to seize journalists’ phone, email records



IN OTHER NEWS

THE QUALITY OF THE NDA

  • Microsoft confirms it investigated "intimate relationship" Bill Gates had with employee

  • And then there is still the relationship with Jeffrey Epstein that has more questions, than answers


UFO’S

Last year the existence of extraterrestrials and ‘out of this world vehicle not made on this earth’ was unclassified and shared with the world, and no one really cared. This week, it was brought back in the news again, but this time this vehicle was not even addressed or talked about.



OLYMPICS - We're willing and prepared to sacrifice you in the name of money

Organizers and government officials continue to insist the July Games will be safe even as a state of emergency spreads to more parts of the country and a growing number of citizens call for a cancellation.



EVENTS

  • PICNIC ANYONE? – bryant park released their 2021 'performing arts on the lawn' schedule

  • SUPER BLOOD MOON TOTAL ECLIPSE AND FLOWER SUPER MOON – OK star gazers, on May 26th, based on where you’re located, you can view this super cool event either online or by looking up. Here are some sky tips from NASA. Click here to watch it live.

  • World Turtle Day is today! Take a walk along your favorite nature center pond and rivers To see if you can spot some of our sunbathing turtle friends.


Also, Happy Turtle Day to our own WeekenderNJ Chief Morale Officer (CMO) Gary!!



WEEKLY QUOTE


We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity, but in love with humanity. – Martin Luther King Jr.




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