NCC’s vocational training programs in Newark are underway – apply today

OSHA training grads
Credit: Essex County
If you know someone looking for a job or seeking new skills, check out New Community Workforce Development Center’s vocational training programs in the fields of:

  • Academic Enrichment
  • Allied Health*
    (*Home Health Aide, EKG Technician, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician and Patient Care Technician)
  • Automotive
  • Building Trades/Construction
  • Culinary Arts
  • ShopRite Partners-In-Training
  • read more

    Young Bernie campaigned for civil rights and Hillary, for segregationist Goldwater

    Bernie marched with MLK, HRC supported Goldwater
    Source: Carl Manley on Facebook
    On Facebook, Carl Manley shared this photo and these very enlightening words:

    I’m not trying to tell you who to vote for in the upcoming election, I’m just asking you how many current presidential candidates marched with the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? In 1963 Bernie Sanders Marched With MLK Jr on Washington DC’s “I Have A Dream Speech”. In 1964, Hillary Clinton Campaigned for Sen Goldwater who Promised to Racially Re-Segregate the Nation & Overturn the Civil Rights Act. read more

    Hundreds of Jews break the sanctity of the Sabbath to save a life – that couldn’t be saved

    Deborah Stubin missing flyer
    Source: Passaic Police Department

    The Daily Mail covers the discovery of Devorah Stubin’s car and body: a 22 year old woman who suffered from occasional seizures and became lost in Maywood, NJ last Thursday night after exiting the Garden State Parkway. NJ.com reports on the community turn-out to search for Devorah and bring her home:

    Hundreds of members of the Orthodox Jewish community from around the tri-state area flocked to Passaic Friday as news surfaced of the missing 22-year-old.

    “It’s amazing how many people gave up their Sabbath to come help in the search,” said Leat Kuzinar, a family friend. “There were 200 to 300 people, more than what we needed.” read more

    Women: if you want to be a strong civic leader, attend Ready to Run

    Ready to Run 2016Ready to Run is a bipartisan campaign and civic leadership training for women held in states across the country and here in New Jersey, it’s an initiative of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). The information and networking are first class, so attend if you can.

    Ready to Run
    Fri & Sat 18-19 March 2016
    Douglass Student Center
    Rutgers University
    New Brunswick, NJ

    Get more information and register at cawp.rutgers.edu/ReadytoRun. If you need a partial scholarship, look for the link to apply – the earlier, the better as limited funds are available and awards are made on a rolling basis. read more

    ICE agents are out in huge numbers all over the US and in New Jersey, detaining immigrants

    women protest immigration policies
    Source: Michael Democker/Times-Picayune/Landov
    It’s like a page out of Donald Trump’s agenda: US officials began harassing and detaining immigrants under the guise of protecting US citizens from foreign criminals. This week, ICE (Federal immigration service) agents have detained undocumented immigrants all over the country and arrests have been made in New Jersey, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina and other places. Personal reports have surfaced of agents entering homes and even churches to seize women and children away from their families. Constructions vans that may contain undocumented day laborers are being stopped on highways and ICE agents have been spotted patrolling in front of downtown restaurants. read more

    Meet with journalists in a free forum and get help telling YOUR story about life in Atlantic City

    NJ News Voices in ACFree Press wants to help Atlantic City community members tell your stories to the press:

    We’ve heard what outsiders have to say about Atlantic City. Now it’s your turn. Meet with journalists in a community forum and tell YOUR story about life in Atlantic City.

    My Atlantic City – What’s Your AC Story?
    Tues 08 Dec 2015 | 6–8:30 pm
    (light refreshments will be served)
    Noyes Arts Garage at Stockton University
    200 Fairmount Ave
    Atlantic City NJ
    RSVP today

    We hear from Creative New Jersey that some stories may get into a PBS documentary and that free training on media platforms will be offered to all participants. read more

    Christie vetoed bill requiring police & firemen to live in NJ communities they serve

    Newark police
    Photo source: unknown photo of Newark Police found via Patch
    It’s a sad state of affairs when community servants are “vehemently opposed” to living in the communities they serve. That is nevertheless the case for policemen and firefighters, who consider it a huge win that Christie vetoed the residency requirement bill A4265 that passed both State Senate and Assembly this summer. The bill calls for new hires to live in the town they serve, “for the first 5 years on the job.” The NJ Fraternal Order of Police website states: read more

    SCOTUS to hear free speech case of Paterson PO demoted over political sign

    first amendment for everyone
    Art courtesy of My First Freedoms website
    Paterson Police Officer Jeffrey Heffernan’s discipline case is going to the Supreme Court. The 1st Amendment provides for employees to support the political candidates of their choosing, but lower courts found that Heffernan couldn’t invoke this legal protection because he had no intention of participating in a campaign when he picked up a fallen sign that his mother wanted. He also isn’t a Paterson resident.

    But still, Heffernan was demoted because city officials perceived him to be engaged in “overt involvement in a political election”. So, the heart of this matter remains free speech rights. NorthJersey.com reports: read more

    Women Entrepreneurs Rock event at legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park on Mon 10/19

    womenentrepreneursrock bannerTo facilitate a real dialog about topics important to women in business, the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Brookdale Community College will hold its second annual “Women Entrepreneurs Rock” (aka WeRock) at a legendary music venue in Asbury Park on Monday, October 19. The event is free and open to the public.

    19 October 19 2015
    6-9pm (networking until 10)
    The Stone Pony
    913 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

    A report in The State of Women Owned Businesses, 2014 from American Express OPEN says: read more

    Are New Jersey gentrifiers taking us for a ride?

    1934 school bus
    1934 Chevrolet Schoolbus by DBerry2006 via Flickr
    Believers in gentrification understand neither fairness, nor justice. Yet, since Christie signed bill A-355 into law in 2010, they’ve been provided with yet another powerful arrow in the arsenal of neighborhood destruction and running the vulnerable out of town. This is a racial issue in New Jersey, since our poor are mostly urban Blacks and Latinos.

    Christie’s education voucher law allows public school students to attend schools in another district, with your tax dollars paying the receiving school’s tuition fees and the complete bill to, “provide and pay for students’ transportation to new schools up to 20 miles away.” Sounds a bit like specially chartered buses and other things extraordinarily expensive, doesn’t it? Wowza! read more

    USPS Job Fair in E. Orange for many locations 9/15 6-8pm

    USPS job fairUSPS Job Fair in East Orange for many locations

    East Orange, NJ
    Tues 15 Sept 2015
    44 City Hall Plaza
    East Orange NJ

    Jobs include (but aren’t limited to)
    City and Rural Carriers
    PSE Clerks
    Mail Handler Assistants
    Tractor Trailer Drivers
    Auto Mechanics
    Casuals

    Dress like you’re ready for work and arrive as early as you can!

    Don’t be fooled – Christie’s still bent on destroying public ed & New Jersey

    Christie IHOPIt’s more than laughable that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is suddenly trying to show the nation that he cares about public education and the teachers whose lives, finances and careers he’s been systematically destroying ever since taking office two elections ago. It should be next to impossible to show something that isn’t real, but we’re talking about a public relations genius who got elected in 2013 on the strength of mistruth whoppers, namely:

    1. Christie hugged Obama to make himself look like a moderate Republican ready to reach over the aisle to form an alliance with Democrats to care for the people of his state when tragedy struck.
    2. Christie acts like he cares about New Jersey residents hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.

    The facts are that Christie has no love for the President. He hasn’t “done a good enough job distributing the (Sandy recovery funds) New Jersey has already received” and he refuses to release $500 million of federal recovery funds to applicants that have been qualified as eligible for help. Christie’s political grandstanding also arguably cost New Jersey schools hundreds of millions of dollars. read more

    Listed: Christie’s dismal record of caring for New Jersey

    bridgegateIt isn’t just the George Washington Bridge that Christie has obstructed in his home state. Here’s an excellent list from One New Jersey showing many of the ways Gov. Chris Christie has failed to do his job. Sections include:

    • Jobs Lost – NJ Falling Behind
    • New Jersey Families Falling Behind Crumbling Infrastructure & Rising Costs
    • Abusing Taxpayer Money
    • Taxpayer-Funded Corporate Bailouts
    • And No Job Gains Budget Mismanagement: Costing NJ Taxpayers