The following is the WeekenderNJ (WNJ) weekly news roundup, highlighting some vital stories from around the state and nation.
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NEW JERSEY COVID19 UPDATE
507 new positive PCR tests
897,490 total positive PCR tests
194 new positive antigen tests
131,013 total positive antigen tests
5 new confirmed deaths
23,820 total confirmed deaths
2,716 probable deaths
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NJ VACCINE UPDATE
10,221,498 total doses have been administered in New Jersey as of Saturday.
5,159,406 individuals who live, work, or study in New Jersey are now fully vaccinated.
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OTHER COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATES
We aren’t going to have a split society. Or are we?
Governor Murphy announced the move of vaccine data from Medical Files to the 'secure and free' App Store. The new Docket app, which allows users to store their COVID-19 vaccination data.
The Governor denied that it was a "vaccine passport,” but experts, opponents, and everyone with a functioning brain, regardless of their political and non-political affiliations disagrees.
While the US (along with other nations) has been using vaccine passports for over a century, moving medical files to an ‘app,’ should at least get people to think prior to proceeding with handing over private information to….actually, do you even know who you’re sending your information to?
Who the hell is in charge of this Docket app?
Do we really live in a society that is unable to make copies of their vaccine passports and/or taking a screen shot and saving that in several places for safe keeps?
While Governor Murphy is using the word 'free' – Are you guys OK with a $8,000 to $10,000 monthly cost to be given to...whom exacty, for an app?
Officials say the cost of the app is being paid for by the federal government through the end of the year. Starting January 2022, New Jersey is on the hook for monthy payments between $8,000 and $10,000 a month to the company.
Can we have some transparency here?
Imagine if this move would have come from a Republican administration, how different the reporting would have been.
WELCOME TO ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THE AMERICAN HUNGER GAMES
Senator Declan O'Scanlon's Twitter account has been suspended for allegedly expressing opposition to mandatory vaccine passports.
In a statement Satruday, NJGOP Chairman Bob Hugin said, “This appalling suppression of free speech is an assault on our democracy, and is as unacceptable as it is un-American."
Whatever political affiliation, nor non-political views one may have, this censorship is right out of a Hong Kong chapter placing America on a very dark path. How long has the Biden Administration been 'spying' on Americans? And to what extend? What will Biden’s Administration and big tech censor next? Independent media? Anyone who is questioning his administration? Anyone refusing to stop thinking for themselves? What?
After 63 years, the Nabisco Plant in Fair Lawn has closed its doors, and with it’s closure it has left over 600 people without jobs, at a time when New Jersey’s unemployment continues to rise to 7.3%, bringing the state unemployment rate to 25% higher than the national average.
Governor Murphy was slapped with a lawsuit by angry parents who want to block the renewal of the school mandate.
A group of parents filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block Governor Murphy from reimposing a statewide mask mandate on schoolchildren this fall, claiming it violates students’ constitutional rights. Governor Murphy, has the authority to reconsider if cases of COVID-19 kept climbing.
Edward Cagney Mathews, the white Mount Laurel man who went viral in a video recording last week for racist attack(s) against his Black neighbor, will remain in detention pending his trial, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Terrence Cook ordered Wednesday.
Mathews faces 14 outstanding charges, including fourth-degree harassment, bias crime with purpose to intimidate, harassment (disorderly persons), and one count of trespass for the now-social media viral incident, which started when Mathews tried to enter a neighbor’s home.
Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced this week NewarkGo - the the city’s first-ever shared bike and e-scooter pilot program - a six-month pilot this month, ‘providing up to 2,000 affordable electric scooters and bicycles and linking Newarkers to jobs, schools, housing, health care facilities, the transit network, and other essential services,’ per the City of Newark.
The leading companies, Bird Rides, Inc. (“Bird”) and Veoride, Inc. (“Veo”), were awarded
permits to operate the short-term, shared micro mobility service that will be available to residents and visitors citywide.
Click here to read more about this pilot.
On Monday, 54 years later, advocates gathered to mark the anniversary of the 1967 uprising in Newark
People surrounded a memorial that honors the 26 victims of violence. The uprising broke out after a Black cab driver was brutally beaten by white police officers.
The People's Organization For Progress (POP) led by Lawrence ‘Larry’ Hamm drew attention to the conditions that caused the uprising in 1967 still exist today, like police brutality in the state.
Although a flurry of laws has been signed to address social justice reform in New Jersey, one thing continues to stall - civilian review boards. Something that people have continued to ask for before the uprising, and after the event.
The 1967 anniversary is an annual POP event and has been held almost every year since the group was founded in 1982.
Justice for the Rodwell/Spivey
A press conference will take place on Monday, July 19, 2021, outside near 61 Cypress Street in Newark, NJ, at 5:00 p.m. to demand justice for the Rodwell/Spivey brothers who were arrested by Newark police last month. With a pending case, and one of the brothers remains in detention.
This weekend marks the first anniversary of the death of Daniel Anderl, the only child of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas and defense attorney Mark Anderl, who gave his life to save his parents.
Anderl, a 2018 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, was 20 years old.
Governor Murphy Signs Legislation
Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (S2503) which elevates strangulation assault to a crime of the second degree, punishable by up to ten years imprisonment, a fine of up to $150,000, or both.
“The murder of Yasemin Uyar by a repeat domestic abuser was horrific and appalling,” said Governor Murphy. “Research has shown that strangulation is often one of the strongest red flags for predicting future homicides of victims of domestic violence. This legislation recognizes the seriousness of strangulation assault and gives us the tools necessary to hold people accountable for their actions.”
ON HOUSING - 2022 Budget
Governor Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Oliver announced the investment of over $200 million to implement comprehensive housing affordability strategy and over $2 billion in federal funds will also support housing and assistance programs this week.
While this is great news, if this will indeed reach New Jerseyans in need, we felt important to point out that this administration was not just sworn in this week, and as a result, 60,000 neighbors (head of household) are set to be evicted in less than two months.
You can read here more about it:
Governor Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education, Dr. Brian Bridges announced the awardees of nearly $30 million in federal funding that will be distributed to New Jersey institutions of higher education.
“Our institutions of higher education have provided a high-quality of education to our students throughout the pandemic, despite challenging circumstances,” said Governor Murphy. “Supporting our institutions will continue to be a priority as they work to provide an equitable educational experience for students, prepare them for the jobs of the future and meet challenges ahead.”
“Through this critical federal funding, New Jersey is prioritizing students’ needs and ensuring our workforce will be ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s post-pandemic economy,” said Secretary Bridges. “We appreciate that institutions are committing to this challenge and look forward to learning from the innovative best practices implemented, as we strive to meet the state’s goal of 65 percent of residents earning a high-quality credential by 2025.”
BLM ON CUBA
BLM organization put out a statement – originally posted on Instagram and later being shared on other social media platforms – the group blamed the U.S. embargo for the country's instability and credited the Cuban government for historically granting "Black revolutionaries" asylum.
The former staff of a Nebraska Burger King went viral on social media this week for a sign announcing to management "We all quit"
Rachael Flores, a now former manager at a BurgerKing in Nebraska, claimed she and 8 coworkers had handed in their 2 weeks’ notice when they put up a sign, which went viral.
WHAT IS JOHN KERRY DOING IN MOSCOW?
Kerry arrived in Moscow on Friday to address climate change. No, this is not a typo. He got on a plane, flew across the ocean and Europe to address climate change. Not by zoom, not by telephone, but in person, not only wasting taxpayers money, but personally adding to the climate change crisis.
Is Kerry really lacking knowledge about the same subject he's been lecturing about? Or is he in Moscow for a completely different matter, that he could not conduct via zoom, or phone?
WHITE HOUSE CENSORSHIP ON AMERICANS IS AS DARK AS IT SOUNDS –
Social media exploded after Psaki, former CNN employee took to the WH podium this week to urge Big Tech to unite on bans for 'misinformation' spreaders.
So, Google, Facebook (Instagram), and Twitter are now effectively state actors in disguise when they engage in political censorship.
There is currently not one person in America who doesn’t know where to go in order to get a vaccine, if they chose to want to get vaccinated.
This administration's behavior is dangerous, and plain authorian.
So, who should determine what is and isn’t misinformation – Big Tech colluding with the WH? CNN? The Surgeon General (no, this is not a joke)? Who?
For how long has the Biden Administration been 'spying' on American Citizens?
And even more importantly – Are people in America still allowed to think for themselves? Or are we all collectively supposed to have the Government think for us?
You can watch the complete WH press briefing here:
This would be funny, if it wasn't coming from the President of the United States of America:
BIDEN AND MARKEL
President Biden hosted the German Chancellor Angela Markel Thursday, where Merkel and Biden were eager to show the relationship was on the mend during their time together.
During the visit President Biden and German Chancellor Merkel agreed to disagree about a Russian pipeline project that Washington opposes, while vowing to stand together against aggression from Moscow and anti-democratic action from Beijing. They also didn’t see eye to eye on China, where Merkel views China as a competitor.
This visit marks the German leader's final visit in the capacity of a public official to the White House, as she is set to retire from politics after the nation's election in September.
Governor Murphy and a bipartisan group of Governors and Mayors met with President Biden at the White House this week, to discuss the bipartisan infrastructure framework.
While in Washington D.C., the Governor also met with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Bob Menendez to discuss the need for infrastructure investments including the Gateway Program. Later that day, the Governor Murphy attended a dinner at the White House with President Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Photojournalist and 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner Danish Siddiqui was killed Friday while on assignment in Afghanistan.
Siddiqui was an outstanding corageous journalist, leaving behind an extraordinary body of work.
A native of New Delhi, Siddiqui, 38, is survived by his wife Rike and two young children.
Governor Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy Public Schedule
Sunday, July 18
No public schedule.
WEEKLY QUOTE I.
“Information is the currency of democracy.” –Thomas Jefferson
WEEKLY QUOTE II.
Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. - Maya Angelou
WEEKLY QUOTE II.
Saturday marked the first anniversary of the death of civil rights hero Congressman John Lewis
"You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone — any person or any force — dampen, dim or diminish your light … Release the need to hate, to harbor division, and the enticement of revenge. Release all bitterness. Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that the battle of good to overcome evil is already won."
― Lewis on being human in Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America
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