WNJ Weekly Roundup (6/14-6/20)



Happy Fathers Day to all Dads out there!! – We hope you get to spend today doing all the things you love most.


(By Edward Howell)





LOCAL


NEW JERSEY COVID19 UPDATE

  • 200 new positive PCR tests

  • 891,241 total positive PCR tests

  • 57 new positive antigen tests

  • 129,797 total positive antigen tests 4 new confirmed deaths

  • 23,682 total confirmed deaths 2,690 probable deaths


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NJ VACCINE UPDATE

  • 9,386,262 total doses have been administered in New Jersey as of yesterday morning.

  • 4,769,890 New Jerseyans are now fully vaccinated


Click here for more.



OTHER COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATES

Governor Murphy announced on Friday that New Jersey has officially reached its goal of fully vaccinating 4.7 million individuals who live, work or study in the state against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


This announcement was made approximately two weeks ahead of its initial June 30 target date and a little more than six months after administering the first vaccine dose on December 15, 2020.


With communities with a population over 10,000 that continue to have a vaccination rate under 50%, the state will continue its efforts toward vaccinating individuals across New Jersey.


You can read the full press release here.




Top Scientists are sounding the alarm on the Delta variant, which was first discovered in India.


The United States is estimated to reach 600,000 recorded COVID-19 deaths, even with the widespread vaccination.



New Jersey Ranked No. 1 State To Live In

WalletHub Survey Finds New Jersey the Best state to live in.




NEWARK

The City has a new sculpture of George Floyd outside of its city hall.


Floyd was killed May 25th of last year in Minneapolis (Min), when former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds. He was unarmed.


His death, recorded by a bystander, shocked the world and started the largest BLM protest movement in U.S. history and a nationwide dialogue on race and policing.


Chauvin was found guilty of murder on April 20th.


The 700- pound statue was unveiled only a few days prior to the first national Juneteenth holiday, which commemorates when the last slaves were liberated in the U.S. on June 19, 1865.




NEW JERSEY DSA

Several groups of workers marched to support the ‘New Jersey Domestic Workers bill’ - a bill that was introduced in the NJ legislature this week with a floor vote in the Assembly, Monday, June 21.


This bill would make NJ the 11th state to win these essential rights and protections.


A5207 is scheduled for a floor vote in the Assembly for Monday, June 21!


You can read more on the legislature (A5207) here.



NATION

The Senate unanimously passed Juneteenth as the 11th federal holiday as of this week –


The only problem:

No one asked for this platitude holiday. People have been marching for over a year now, demanding that public servants serve the public, in passing anti-lynching, reparations, police reform, voting rights legislation, and perhaps making ‘voting day’ a federal holiday, so that all people can vote.




SOUTH CAROLINA

The Supreme court temporarily blocked the scheduled execution of two inmates, while South Caronila assembled it’s firing squad.


Yeah, you’ve read this correctly!!



EMPLOYMENT

People continue to wake up and quit bad management and employers. Millions of people have quit their jobs, while others have woken up to the possibility of a better life; working remotely, allowing for people to actually have a life, abandoning outdated management and employers.


One thing is clear; if employers want to continue to have a business, they will need to adapt and not only compensate people, but treat workers better.




CRUELTY, DESPERATION, AND LACK OF MATCHING JOBS FOR PEOPLE'S SKILLS & PASSION(S)

Eight states have ended unemployment benefits for about 417,000 people as of yesterday. Right in time for Juneteenth and Fathers day weekend!!


These states are among 25 Republican - run states turning down federal funds that will affect about 4 million recipients. And all ahead of the official expiration date of September 6, 2021.


The Eight States are:

  • Alabama

  • Idaho

  • Indiana

  • Nebraska

  • New Hampshire

  • North Dakota

  • West Virginia

  • Wyoming


Cruelty and Questionable Practices by such Governors:

Rich Republican Governors who have no clue of what it means to work a day in their lives, claim that enhanced benefits are paying people to stay home, thereby creating labor shortages and making it difficult for shitty businesses to hire. In plain English, they are willing to sacrifice the same residents they were supposed to serve in the name of capitalism.


Desperation:

Factors such as the ongoing Covid health risks, unqualified low pay jobs without healthcare benefits (or being able to afford the healthcare cost), and child-care duties, are sidelining people.


Qualified jobs:

Not sure what Republican Governor needs to hear this, but working unqualified jobs for starvation wages without healtchare benefits is not how you severe your constituents, nor makes you a qualified public servant in America.



QUESTION:

Why is it the State's responsibility to help Corporations fill job openings?



Indiana lawsuit

Indiana residents sued Governor Eric Holcomb in state court Monday to keep the unemployment aid flowing.




As Rep. Pramila Jayapal pointed out about TN's Governor:



HOUSING

Rep. Jayapal Leads Lawmakers in Introducing the Housing is a Human Right Act

The Housing is a Human Right Act is co-sponsored by Grace Meng, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Raul Grijalva, Judy Chu, Ilhan Omar, Jamaal Bowman, James McGovern, Jan Schakowsky, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Earl Blumenauer, Cori Bush, Jesus G. “Chuy” Garcia, Ritchie Torres, Rashida Tlaib, and Barbara Lee.


To read the text of the legislation, click here.



OHIO

Members of the Ohio House expelled Rep. Larry Householder – a federally indicted Republican ex-speaker, Wednesday in a bipartisan vote that invoked their powers to remove a member for the first time in 150 years.


This comes after the FBI arrested Householder and four others in connection with a $60 million bribery case involving the financial rescue of First Energy's two nuclear plants in Ohio last year in July. Davis–Besse and Perry. U.S. Attorney David M. DeVillers called it "likely the largest bribery scheme ever perpetrated against the state of Ohio.”




ARIZONA BALLOTS ARE ON VACAY IN A REMOTE CABIN

No, this is not a joke: The "secured" Arizona ballots for the 2020 Presidential election are now reported to be in a cabin in Montana.


Arizona voting system data have been somehow sent to a so-called “Montana lab” as part of the latest audit.


Our responses to this: WTH!! How can this be going on for a few weeks now? Where’s the DOJ in all this? And, now back to our first response to this.




IN INSURRECTION NEWS

Boston Police Officers Joseph Abasciano and Michael J. Geary are being investigated by the Boston Police department, after US Capitol insurrection


Meanwhile, Geary is still on duty and Abasciano is on ‘sick or injury’ leave.




CONGRESS

On Thursday, Congressman Joseph Morelle (D-NY) filed national right-to-repair legislation with Congress. The Fair Repair Act would require manufacturers to provide device owners and independent repair stores access to the tools, parts, and information they need to fix electronics.


The fact that we’re in 2021 and don’t have such options is mindblowing.




SUPREME COURT

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of companies using child slave labor overseas this week -


SCOTUS sided with ‘food giants’ Nestle and Cargill in a lawsuit brought by six citizens of Mali who say the companies facilitated human rights abuses by purchasing cocoa from plantations in Ivory Coast where they were enslaved as children.




WORLD

OLYMPICS

Just a reminder that Tokyo is proceeding with the Olympics Opening Ceremony on July 23 during a once in 100 year global pandemic.




IRAN

Iran’s hard-line judiciary chief, Ebrahim Raisi, is the new elected president. Also an opportunity for President Biden to restore the 2015 nuclear deal.



PALESTINE

Your Sunday reminder that the continued expansion of Israeli settlements in Palestine is (CONTRA LEGAL) illegal under international law.




PRESIDENT BIDEN'S EU TOUR:

President Biden decided to talk about what it would be like to lose credibility if the world knew that America was interfering in foreign elections…



The rest of the world:


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More from President Biden’s EU tour:

Biden aggressively insulted and demeaned a female reporter for doing her job, telling her ‘she’s in the wrong line of business’.....all in front of her colleagues.


While the video has been ‘taken down’ since, you really can’t hide or sugarcoat this attack against a female journalist that has been since viewed globally.




IN OTHER NEWS

Did you know that the US military spending is: $740 billion


Did you also know that spending money on wars won’t improve our quality of life, nor make us safer?


Acting like a Government set to serve the people, by eliminating houslessness, child hunger, passing medicare for all, upgrading the American workforce into the 21st century, paid leave, dignity, workers rights, and combating climate change among others will however improve our quality of life, decline gun violence, improve mental health, which is now passed a national crisis, and make us safer.


Get it done!!




President Biden and the First Lady lost their loving German Shepherd companion Champ yesterday.




Governor Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy Public Schedule


No public schedule.





WEEKLY QUOTE



Happy Fathers Day to all the men out there who are working diligently to be good fathers – whether they are stepfathers, or biological fathers, or just spiritual fathers, or fathers-to-be.




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