The following is the WeekenderNJ (WNJ) weekly news roundup, highlighting some vital stories from around the state and nation.
Communities slowly emerging from the pandemic honored the fallen on Monday.
NEW JERSEY COVID19 UPDATE
8,846,947 total doses have been administered in New Jersey as of yesterday morning.
4,331,528 New Jerseyans are now fully vaccinated
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NJ VACCINE UPDATE
293 new positive PCR tests
888,747 total positive PCR tests
137 new positive antigen tests
128,948 total positive antigen tests
8 new confirmed deaths
23,595 total confirmed deaths
2,678 probable deaths
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OTHER COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATES
Only 49% of New Jerseyans are fully vaccinated, and only 61% received at least one dose, 56% in New York. Herd immunity requires 90%. This implies that dangerous version of #COVID19 will continue to mutate and spread.
But sure. Let's pretend we've won.
Centre Pompidou Paris is opening an outpost in Jersey City, who agreed to assume the financial burden, including an annual fee.
How will this be funded?
At what cost are JC residents on the hook for?
RENTERS WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS
The "Fair Chance in Housing Act"; establishes certain housing rights of persons with criminal records, Passed both Houses ( (24-9) –
Lawmakers voted on Thursday to limit landlords’ use of criminal background checks, making NJ the first state to approve statewide legislation to prevent property owners from automatically rejecting potential tenants with criminal records.
Similar laws passed in cities such as Newark, Washington, and Seattle.
Next: The bill will head to the desk of Governor Murphy.
OPRA - A step backwards for NJ - and for Democracy
"The legislation also states that while the State of Emergency declared in Executive Order No. 103 shall remain in effect, the previous seven-day requirement for Open Public Records Act (OPRA) responses will be restored for records unrelated to the COVID-19 response. Additionally, civil and criminal immunity given to health care professionals and facilities, including long-term care facilities, and existing waivers of regulations involving staffing ratios, overtime, shifts, and vacation time will expire on September 1, 2021.Civil immunity for health care professionals shall continue beyond September 1, 2021 only for individuals specifically engaged in vaccinations or testing related to COVID-19."
ARE THERE NO OTHER NEW JERSEYANS COMPETENT FOR EMPLOYMENT?
Rob Menendez Jr., the son of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, one of Governor Murphy’s nominees, was unanimously confirmed to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board of commissioners by the state Senate Thursday.
Controversial Kevin McCabe, a current member of the board, and another Murphy nominee, was approved for a second six-year term on the board.
SENIOR CENTER SET TO REOPEN
Mayor DeBlasio announced this week the reopening date for the senior centers:
All outdoor activities resumed as of Tuesday
Indoor and congregate activities will resume on June 14
Participants are expected to maintain social distancing
Monday marked 100 years since a white mob burned Tulsa, Oklahoma's “Black Wall Street" to the ground, murdering an estimated 300 people.
NYC ATTORNEY GENERAL VS. KODAK
Wonder what Kodak does these days? - Turns out that after decades of decline, the CEO was trading company stock on insider information in 2020, per NYC Attorney General.
On the first day of Pride Month, which celebrates teh LBGTQ community, Governor Ron DeSantis enacted the ban on transgender girls and women from participating in female sports at schools.
STATEMENT OF CONCERN
More than 100 scholars issued dire warning for democracy in America.
"Our democracy is fundamentally at stake. History will judge what we do at this moment."
EMIGRATION UNDER A DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT
President Joe Biden’s immigration plan is more sinister than Trump and Obama combined.
During his campaign, Joe Biden promised a “fair and humane” immigration reform. Instead of fulfilling this promise, the Biden administration reopened a Trump-era facility to house unaccompanied minors crossing the US-Mexico border.
His budget increased ICE funding over Trump’s last year by $18 Million. That is $1.5 Billion over Obama’s budget - funding to traumatize immigrants fleeing suffering that the U.S. helped create in Latim America.
The most notorious Trump-era policy that Biden kept called Title 42, was initially intended to disallow nonessential travel to protect against COVID-19, giving border officials unchecked power – to expel adults, families and unaccompanied minors at the border without due process – but also unchecked in a sense that no one really checked on the barbaric practices of the border control.
One thing that’s evident: Biden will be no better thanTrump. His promises to many immigrant communities and their American families are falling short, resembling more with a Trump era, than a democratic President.
IN JAN. 6 INSURRECTION NEWS
Audrey Ann Southard-Rumsey, 52, has been arrested for allegedly assaulting law enforcement during the U.S. Capitol siege.
She shouted at police "Tell Pelosi we are coming for that bitch" and "Last friend, last bullet. What's it going to be?"—per FBI.
LGBTQ + PRIDE MONTH
WHITE HOUSE: President Biden declares June LGBTQ + Pride Month, pledges more protections –
"We see you, we support you, and we are inspired by your courage to accept nothing less than full equality."
Governor Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy Public Schedule
First Lady Tammy Murphy to Visit Westminster Presbyterian Church "Grateful for the Shot" COVID-19 Vaccination Site in Trenton, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1140 Greenwood Ave., Trenton, NJ, Sunday, June 6, at 3:15 p.m,
"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." - Maya Angelou
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