NJEDA announces launch dates to apply for grants for businesses impacted by COVID-19

NJEDA announces launch dates to apply for grants for businesses impacted by COVID-19

How by abandoning their vows to serve the public, American politicians precipitated the pandemic meltdown

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In a brilliant New Yorker article, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor lays out the steps by which the abandonment of middle and poor Americans by both US political parties led to society’s present collapse. Although the coronavirus was the immediate trigger, the erosion of society’s wellbeing began way back in 1969. Collapse was an occurrence primed to happen at some point, and now just happened to be the time.

For 50 years, since 1979, national leaders increasingly backed away from their obligation to care for vulnerable and working class Americans. As they did, financial instability increased and the chance to acquire wealth became much more limited. Those were the perfect conditions for the meltdown known as American life in the days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Millions were driven into a state of deprivation that made happy lives impossible. And over time, the country destabilized economically. Students were still paying back college loans into their golden years. Aspiring homeowners could not afford mortgages. Urban residents live with air quality so poor that one in four has asthma and health concerns affect all areas of family’s lives. Poor health affects the’ ability to earn adequate incomes and keep up with the demands of digital life.

For years, the United States has gotten away with persistently chipping away at its weak welfare state by hiding or demonizing the populations most dependent on it. The poor are relegated as socially dysfunctional and inept, unable to cash in on the riches of American society ... The debate over the role of government in addressing income inequality, housing insecurity, debt accumulation, and health care continues, now against the grim backdrop of the raging coronavirus. It is difficult to articulate the speed with which the U.S. and, indeed, the world, has descended into an existential crisis.  read more

Since I didn’t die when I got electrocuted, I only qualified for a Darwin Awards honorable mention

Since I didn't die when I got electrocuted, I won a Darwin Award honorable mention #p2

Resources for ALICE home buyers and renters

Victorian home

Resources for ALICE home buyers and renters #p2

Recursos para la epoca del coronavirus | Coronavirus outbreak resources

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Recursos para la enfermedad coronavirus | Coronavirus outbreak resources

Mortgage relief for Fannie & Freddie mortgage homeowners

Mortgage relief for Fannie & Freddie mortgage homeowners

Cómo hablar con un oficial del Departmento de Salud de New Jersey sobre el virus Covid-19


Cómo hablar con un oficial del Departmento de Salud de New Jersey sobre el virus Covid-19 #p2

Both the State of New Jersey and the City of Newark are offering relief for tenants

Both the State of New Jersey and the City of Newark are offering relief for tenants

A report from Italy – with 10,000 cases of coronavirus and country on lockdown

Cristina Higgins writes from Italy about 10,000 cases of coronavirus having brought the country to a standstill #p2

From Consumer Reports: How to protect against coronavirus while grocery shopping

With experts saying to avoid crowded places because of the novel coronavirus, what should you do about grocery shopping?

What do we pay for taxes and health care now, and are we getting enough value for our money?

Taxes are a headache

Bernie Sanders's plans might either save Chris' family money, get them much better healthcare or maybe, do both.

Joe Biden’s sorry history of legislating to lock up blacks and Latinos to please white people and cops

In this article, the New York Times provides all of the sordid the details required to make your heart ache by providing a time line chronicling how Joe Biden used his power as a young legislator to systematically pass laws which built more prisons and locked hundreds of thousands of black and brown people up in them … while he lied to black leaders, convincing them to support the draconian laws that hugely increased the number of inmates incarcerated in the 1980s and 90s – some, for life – and incinerated the stability of family life in these communities. read more

New Jersey sick days for individuals & parents – licencia pagada por enfermedad para individuos y padres

En 2019 New Jersey adoptó leyes que permiten trabajadores a tomar licencia pagada por enfermedad. Todos los que trabajan en el estado de New Jersey tienen el derecho a estos beneficios para su proprio salud. Además, padres y guardianes pueden usar su licencia para el cuidado de sus hijos. Aprenda más visitando al nj.gov/labor ó mysickdays.nj.gov.

In 2019 New Jersey adopted laws that allow workers paid time off. All whom work in New Jersey have access to these benefits. Parents and guardians can use these benefits to care for their children, or to care for their own health. Visit nj.gov/labor or mysickdays.nj.gov to learn more. read more

Brazilian scientist discovers that ultra-processed foods are making people fat, not fats and sugar.

UPFs via the Institute for Cancer Research
Ultra Processed Foods via the American Institute for Cancer Research
A collage of various junk food items both sweet and savory

Doctor and scientist Carlos Monteiro observed that obesity and tooth decay were blooming out of control in poor rural Brazilian communities. After observation and analysis, he concluded that ultra-processed foods (UPFs) are causing these escalating health issues, rather than any other individually identifiable factors like foods being high in fats or sugars. Monteiro created a category scale and called these foods Group 4. This is how they are described:

The final category, group 4, is unlike any of the others. Group 4 foods tend to consist largely of the sugars, oils and starches from group 2, but instead of being used sparingly to make fresh food more delicious, these ingredients are now transformed through colours, emulsifiers, flavourings and other additives to become more palatable. They contain ingredients unfamiliar to domestic kitchens such as soy protein isolate (in cereal bars or shakes with added protein) and “mechanically separated meat” (turkey hotdogs, sausage rolls). read more

Pablo lucha en Washington para derechos por obreros agrícolas

Farm Workforce Modernation Act graphic

Un Dreamer de California que trabajaba 16 años en la agricultura sin documentos ni acceso a los mismos derechos que tengan otros empleados y residentes legales, visitó a Washington y tuvo el chance de contar su historia personal y abogar por los derechos de otros que continuan en esa misma situación.

El programa apoyado por Pablo Martínez Perez es el Farm Workforce Modernization Act, lo cuál crearía un camino a la legalización residencial para trabajadores agrícolas indocumentados.

Martínez contó a un reportero del noticiero Voices of Monterey Bay, “These agricultural (workers) need to get out of the shadows and they want the opportunity to be part of the community and participate in the community just like any other person would do.” read more